For the purpose of this week’s Wellness Wednesday, we are going back to the basics by highlighting some basic rule definitions.
Adapted by the WSCGA
ADDRESSING THE BALL
A player has “addressed the ball” when she has taken her stance and has also grounded her club, except that in a hazard a player has addressed the ball when she has taken her stance.
“Casual water” is any temporary accumulation of water on the course, which is visible before or after the player takes her stance and is not in a water hazard.
“Equipment” is anything used, worn or carried by or for the player except any ball she has played at the hole being played and any small object, such as a coin or tee, when used to mark the position of a ball or the extent of an area in which a ball is to be dropped.
Equipment includes a golf cart. If a cart is shared by two players, the cart and everything in it are deemed to be the equipment of the player whose ball is involved except that, when the cart is being moved by one of the players sharing it, the cart and everything in it are deemed to be that player’s equipment.
Taking the “stance” consists in a player placing her feet in position for and preparatory to making a stroke.
A “stroke” is the forward movement of the club made with the intention of fairly striking at and moving the ball. But if a player checks her downswing voluntarily before the club head reaches the ball, she is deemed not to have made a stroke.
THROUGH THE GREEN
“Through the green” is the whole area of the course except:
a. The teeing ground and putting green of the hole played; and
b. All hazards on the course.
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