What is the rule about touching sand in bunkers?
I played a golf shot in a bunker, thn the following happened, is it right?
The ball didn't make it out of the bunker, but some sand blew into my eye, as I was wiping it away my club touched the sand. I was told by my playing partner that it was a 2 shot penalty for touching the sand.
Is this the correct interpretation of the rule ?
did you take your club and smash it up against the loser who wanted to add points to your score...once he is maoning and groaning from the hit, you can tell him that, according to golf rule 967 ''if you hit a golf poser after saying something stupid, then you deduct a point from your overall score''
I wouldn't worry about touching sand just don't touch cloth in a bunker.
Technically he is right...tho a bit anal about it unless you were playing in a tournament. You are not allowed to "test" the consistency of the sand in the bunker. This is usually a penalty called if you ground your club at address. not after your shot has been taken. However, if your ball is still in the bunker it would be a correct call.
If you play by the book, then its a 2 strokes penalty for grounding the club even if its unintentional.
He's right. I would never play golf with him again, however.
He is right. The only time you are allowed to touch the sand in a bunker is when you are making contact with the ball and you are taking your swing in an attempt to get the ball out of the bunker. You are not allowed to touch the sand before your shot or after your shot, even if your ball has made it out.
There are some exceptions to the rule. There is also something called "equity" for situations that are not explicitly stated in the rules.
Since this was an exceptional situation not covered specifically by the rules, and you were not testing the condition of the sand, a rules official might rule in your favor on this one.
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