- May a player use a towel to remove loose impediments on the putting green?
- May a player use the back of their hand to remove loose impediments through the green?
- May a player remove sand lying on the putting green?
- Does a player incur a penalty for removing loose soil around their ball through the green?
- May a player use the head of their putter to remove loose impediments from their line of putt?
- If a player moves their ball while removing a leaf lying by their ball on the putting green may they replace the ball without penalty?
- May a player use a brush to remove loose impediments on the putting green?
- Is a player is penalised for removing a loose impediment from a hazard if their ball lies in the same hazard?
- Does a player incur a penalty for moving a loose impediment that might influence the movement of a ball that is in motion?
- Is a player penalised for pressing down on their line of putt while removing loose impediments?
Please do not deduce from the above that I recommend that golfers should carry a brush in their bag to remove loose impediments. In fact, using a brush for this purpose other than on the putting green would almost certainly incur a penalty, as sand and loose soil are only loose impediments on the putting green and must not be moved at the same time that loose impediments are being removed elsewhere. I use the brush illustration to reinforce the principle that loose impediments may be removed by any means, except that, in removing loose impediments on the line of putt, the player must not press anything down. Decision 23-1/1 is the reference;
Q. Worm casts are loose impediments. By what means may such casts be removed?Good golfing,
A. Loose impediments may be removed by any means, except that, in removing loose impediments on the line of putt, the player must not press anything down (Rule 16-1a).
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