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Marking ground in front of ball as an intermediate target

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Off the green when chipping or hitting an iron, I like to use intermediate targets within 2 feet of my ball on the target line to assist with alignment, aim, and confidence during the swing. However, sometimes when I look down nothing jumps out at the eye that is perfectly on-line. 

 

Quick research on the rules of golf state that you can't place anything on the ground and leave it there during the swing to help aim.  So one time during my previous round, when I didn't see anything helpful on the target line within 2 feet of mall, I just thumped my club on the ground in front of the ball, right along the target line. It barely left a mark and wouldn't be noticeable to anyone but me, as it only slightly smashed the grass down.  It served it's purpose, but after doing it I felt guilty and didn't do it again.  Is this illegal?

post #2 of 10

I'll just say yes it is illegal and I'm sure someone else will explain why.

post #3 of 10
Illegal.

8-2. Indicating Line Of Play
a. Other Than on Putting Green
Except on the putting green, a player may have the line of play indicated to him by anyone, but no one may be positioned by the player on or close to the line or an extension of the line beyond the hole while the stroke is being made. Any mark placed by the player or with his knowledge to indicate the line must be removed before the stroke is made.
post #4 of 10

What you did amounts to the same thing as if you had placed something on your line of play.  Any mark or alignment aid placed on the ground to assist the player in alignment must be removed prior to playing his stroke.  Since what you did was not removable, you were in breach of Rule 8-2a and incurred a 2 stroke penalty.

post #5 of 10
To clarify, hitting the ground is interpreted as placing a mark imo.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by MFFNike View Post

To clarify, hitting the ground is interpreted as placing a mark imo.

If it leaves a mark it is making a mark. No interpretation is needed.
post #7 of 10
Not legal, pretty clear.

I use the intermediate target on almost every shot. It's not always that easy to find something that stick out, but I don't have that much trouble with it.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Kinda figured. Thanks gents!

post #9 of 10

Hey related question, i do something similar to keegan Bradley's routine (without all the footwork). I lay the club behind the ball, with the leading edge pointing at my target. Sometimes the grass doesn't pop back up. I'm just wondering if this is indicating a line of play?

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by chrstianrockboy View Post
 

Hey related question, i do something similar to keegan Bradley's routine (without all the footwork). I lay the club behind the ball, with the leading edge pointing at my target. Sometimes the grass doesn't pop back up. I'm just wondering if this is indicating a line of play?

Read the rule. Does it indicate a line or is it just grass laying down? If it is immediately behind the ball then it might be other rules you need to consult (improving lie).

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