Originally Posted by joekelly
When the ball is on the center of the cart path, free relief. But can i choose which side to go to? If i choose the right side of the path, my heels will be near the path. If left, feet far from path, ball nearer to path but clear.
And what if the ball is sitting on the path, very near the right edge. Could i cross the path and drop on the left side, assuming no hindrance on right side to prevent drop there?
The NPR is the point where the ball lies nearest to the original point when you take full relief for your lie, stance, and swing.
So if the ball is in the middle of the path, the NPR is always to the left if you are right handed.
If the ball is on the right of the path, the NPR will always be on the right.
If there is a hedge, tree, big drop off, rocks, you name it, at the Nearest Point of Relief, it still is the NPR. You can't pick the nearest point where you would rather drop it. That's why I always recommend that you determine the NPR before you lift. You may find that playing off the cart path doesn't look so bad after all.