As I was putting together this drawing I had a deja vu that we've gone over this topic before, or something similar ... but, dangit, I spent time on this illustration, so I'm posting it anyway! First the scenario in "artistic" format:
Now, I know that you are not allowed relief from OB fences or stakes, but the question that arose is whether or not the hindrance that the boundary fence provides when taking relief from the cart path is considered. Would it be correct to say "well, I have no stance due to this fence here, so this isn't my NPR ... it has to be on the other side of the path?" It seems to me like, since the fence isn't the cart path that you would take relief from the path first, then relief from the fence ... which you, of course, cannot do, so you are just SOL.
However, this is where the deja vu came into play. I think I remember learning that you get to consider the club you'd use AND how you'd play the shot when taking relief. So you could say "well, if this spot over here by the fence was my NPR then my only option would be to stand on this side of the ball and either play back towards the tee or try to play it left handed ... and, in either case, I'm still standing on the cart path, so it is, in fact, NOT my NPR because I have to take full relief ... my NPR is on the other side of the path." Is this correct?
And this gets even more confusing from here, because once you determine that your NPR is on the other side of the path, don't you get to switch back to hitting a normal right handed shot when considering your NPR?
Anyways, sorry if this is all repetitive, but it's at least been a short while so I figure it could be a nice refresher at the very least.