How many times have you seen a playing partner trample down the grass behind their ball either with their foot or their clubhead?

However a player must not improve or allow to be improved:

– the position or lie of her ball
– the area of her intended stance or swing
– her line of play or a reasonable extension of that line beyond the hole
– the area in which she is to drop or place a ball

Or by any of the following actions:

– pressing a club on the ground
– moving, bending or breaking anything growing or fixed (including immovable obstructions and objects defining Out Of Bounds)
– creating or eliminating irregularities of surface
– removing or pressing down sand, loose soil, replaced divots or other cut turf placed in position
– removing dew, frost or water

Ally Forster is a qualified EGU golf referee and, in her own words, has a passion for golf which extends her ability to play but that doesn’t take away the enjoyment. Ally can be found on Twitter @rulesandgolf

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