Rules of Golf Explained (2023): Unplayable Ball

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6 thoughts on “Rules of Golf Explained (2023): Unplayable Ball

  1. Under the new rules, it would probably be more efficient and time saving, in a majority of cases, if the area where the ball is unplayable is in an area marked off as a red penalty area. Same penalty strokes and a much better chance of getting a better lie and angle to the green etc.

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