October 6, 2014
THE R&A AND THE USGA RELEASE CLARIFICATIONS TO RULE 10.2b(4): RESTRICTION ON CADDIE STANDING BEHIND PLAYER
6 February 2019, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA: The R&A and the USGA have provided two clarifications to Rule 10.2b(4) regarding restrictions on caddies standing behind players which take immediate effect.
The purpose of Rule 10.2 is to reinforce the fundamental challenge of making a stroke and to limit the advice and other help a player may receive during a round.
Rule 10.2b(4) ensures that aiming at the intended target is a challenge that the player must overcome alone. It states:
“When a player begins taking a stance for the stroke and until the stroke is made, the player’s caddie must not deliberately stand in a location on or close to the player’s line of play behind the ball for any reason. If the player takes a stance in breach of this Rule, he or she cannot avoid penalty by backing away.
Exception – Ball on Putting Green: When the player’s ball is on the putting green, there is no penalty under this Rule if the player backs away from the stance and does not begin to take the stance again until after the caddie…
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