Rule 18-2

Ball resting against a rake.

A player may take relief, without penalty, from a movable obstruction as follows:

  1. If the ball does not lie in or on the obstruction, the obstruction may be removed. If the ball moves, it MUST be replaced, and there is no penalty, provided that the movement of the ball is directly attributable to the removal of the obstruction. Otherwise, Rule 18-2a applies.

It is recommended as best practice to mark the position of the ball prior to removing the movable obstruction. Should the ball move as result of removing the marker, which in itself is a moveable obstruction, the ball must be replaced.