4-3/1 Meaning of Damage Sustained in “Normal Course of Play”

Q.
In Rule 4-3a, what is meant by the term “normal course of play”?

A.
The term “normal course of play” is intended to cover all reasonable acts but specifically excludes cases of abuse.

In addition to making a stroke, practice swing or practice stroke, examples of acts that are in the “normal course of play” include the following:

  • removing or replacing a club in the bag;
  • using a club to search for or retrieve a ball (except by throwing the club);
  • leaning on a club while waiting to play, teeing a ball or removing a ball from the hole; or
  • accidentally dropping a club.

Examples of acts that are not in the “normal course of play” include the following:

  • throwing a club whether in anger, in retrieve a ball, or otherwise;
  • ‘slamming’ a club into a bag; or
  • intentionally striking something (e.g., the ground or a tree) with the club other than during a stroke, practice swing or practice stroke. (Revisted)

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