RULE: Movable Obstruction in Hazard!

 We have discussed your ball or swing impeded by an IMMOVABLE obstruction in a hazard (bridge, log wall, etc.)

But what is the ruling when my ball lies next to a MOVABLE obstruction in a hazard. Is it the same ruling as before? Or can a different ruling be applied?

Have a look at this image taken in the hazard between #3 and #4 (yes - I have been there too, from both sides!) My ball is definitely in the hazard, but the polypipe adjacent to my ball interferes with my shot. It is attached and fixed to a submerged pipe behind me. But the end near my ball can easily be moved. Hmm - movable obstruction, hazard. How do you rule?

  Rule 24 says, "A player may take relief, without penalty, from a movable obstruction."

 This section of Rule 24 makes no reference to which part of the course your ball lies in - no condition about whether it lies through the green, in a hazard, in a bunker, on the green. It doesn't matter where on the course your ball lies - you may take relief from a MOVABLE obstruction.

 So I can move this pipe away from my ball so I can have a swipe at it! If the ball moves, it must be replaced (no penalty, unless you don't replace it.) And guess what - you may, under this rule, CLEAN the BALL before replacing it! Wow, sometimes the rules are good to me!

See the rock near my ball? Can I move it too? NO - it is not an obstruction but simply a loose impediment. Through the green you could move it, but in a hazard, NO! See Rule 23-1.

Now have a look at this next picture, taken in the hazard between 3 and 4. Here is another pipe which is not attached at one end, near my ball, and easily can be moved. There are palm fronds all about, and would interfere with my stance and/or my swing.

Now here is your test - how would you rule? I am brave enough to have a go at hitting my ball through the gap you can see in front of me, but the pipe is in my way. Can I move my ball? Can I get relief from the pipe by moving it? What about the fronds - can I get them out of the way so I can swing and/or stand properly?  

 

 

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