Rule 24-1 allows us free relief from movable obstructions such as rakes, cart signs, trash, other players’ equipment, etc. A movable obstruction is an artificial object that isn’t designed to interfere with our play and can easily be removed.
Swing-U instructor Josh Kelley goes over the rule in the video above as well as offers a few instances of movable obstructions that you may come across on the course.
- Take relief if the movable obstruction interferes with your lie, stance or intended area of swing. If putting and the object is in the intended line, it may be removed.
- Simply remove the obstruction if it’s not touching your ball and play your ball as it lies.
- If the ball is on the ground but resting against a movable obstruction, place a tee next to the ball and move the object. If the ball does not move then it is in play. If the ball does move, then simply replace it.
- If the ball has come to rest on a movable obstruction, place a tee on the ground as close to the ball as possible. Remove the object and drop as close to the original spot as possible.
- If a ball is in a hazard, the player is not eligible for relief from a movable obstruction.