After a foul shot, I found my ball was cracked. Now what?

What do the principles say a few golf ball that crack mid-hole?

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On my method shot, the ball got here off the clubface very useless, flying solely midway to the outlet. Upon inspection, I discovered the ball to be cracked. What’s the correct process for this case? —Greg Steiger, Port Orchard, WA

Greg, are enjoying balatas from the Seventies once more? It’s time to improve!

Rule 4.2c permits you to substitute a brand new ball for one which’s cracked. Now, had the ball damaged into items — cease enjoying gutta perchas, individuals! — the stroke wouldn’t have counted beneath Rule 4.2b, and you’ll play a brand new ball from the spot of the earlier stroke with out penalty.

However, alas and alack, that’s not what occurred. Exchange that cracked orb with a recent beginner and attempt to get all of it the best way to the dance flooring this time.

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Guidelines Man: If the road on my ball will get smudged, can I swap in a brand new ball mid-hole?


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For extra ball-substitution steering from our guru, learn on …

My buddy and I have been lately sitting out a lightning storm within the cart barn when he got here up with a very good query associated to the One Ball rule. When play is suspended attributable to inclement climate (or another motive, actually), and the participant marks his ball on the outlet, does he have to complete the outlet with the identical ball as soon as play resumes? —Joe Rizzo, Douglasville, Ga. 

It’s a good query, and one with a easy reply: No. When the One Ball Native Rule is getting used, beneath Rule 5.7(d), a participant can substitute a ball when resuming play, as long as it’s the identical sort and mannequin as detailed by a single entry on the confirming ball checklist. It doesn’t even should be the identical quantity.

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