Rule of the Month – November 2017
A golfer hit her ball behind an electrical box (immovable obstruction). If she lines up to hit toward the green, her club may strike the box. Can she take relief without penalty?
An electrical box is an immovable obstruction (man-made). A player is entitled to free relief from an immovable obstruction that interferes with her stance or the area of her intended swing. She is entitled to drop the ball within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, no closer to the hole [Rule 24-2a and b].
Please note that the player is not entitled to relief if the obstruction is on her line of play. After she drops the ball, the obstruction may very well sit on her line of play towards the hole. As long as she is able to stand and swing freely, she has received all the free relief to which she is entitled.