What’s A Movable Obstruction And Do You Get Relief?

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.


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