Golf Situations and Options USGA Videos

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Hit the ball as it lies
No Penalty

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Go back to where the previous stroke was made and hit again
1 penalty stroke

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Drop ball (no nearer to the hole) within 2 club lengths from where the ball lies
1 penalty stroke

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Drop the ball as far back as you wish from where the ball lies
1 penalty stroke

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Ball can be dropped outsdie of the bunker
2 penalty strokes

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Drop the ball within two club lengths from red stakes at the point where ball last crossed the penalty area, no nearer the hole
1 penalty stroke

Lost Ball

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White Stakes

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Unplayable

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Unplayable in the Bunker

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Penalty Areas

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Moveable Obstructions

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Abnormal Course Conditions and Immovable Man Made Obstructions

Free Relief - No Penalty

Free Relief From:
Paved Cart Path
Sprinkler Heads
Building
Irrigation Controllers
Walls
Fences
Benches
Ground Under Repair
Animal Holes
Temporary Water
Staked Trees
Ball Washers
Restrooms
Drainage Pipes
Cart Barriers
Implanted Distance Markers
Signs
Metal Posts
Dangerous Animal Conditions
Ball Embedded in the General Area
Grates

Does Not Apply To:
Trees and tree roots
Dew or Frost
Grass Clippings
Mud
Wet Ground
Aeration Holes
Fairway Divot Holes
Boundary Fences