How long do you have to identify a lost golf ball?

How long do you have to identify a lost golf ball?

According to Rule 27-1-c a player is allotted 5 minutes to identify their golf ball as being their’s or else it is deemed to be lost. Once the ball is declared lost is where most golfers tend to make a mistake.

What is the penalty for a lost ball in golf?

The penalty for the breach of Rule 27-1 would be loss of hole in match play, or two stroke penalty in stroke play. The correct method of play would be to return to the spot from which the original ball was last played, and under penalty of one stroke, continue play from there. Yes, that means that a lost ball is a stroke and distance penalty.

What do you do when you lose a ball in golf?

The simple and most important thing to know when it comes to a lost ball is that you have no choice but to play another ball from where the original shot was hit under a penalty of stroke and distance.

What happens if you can’t find a golf ball?

Here’s how it breaks down: The golfing association says a penalty stroke will be given to a player under rule 18.2-A if a ball cannot be found within three minutes of searching by the player. Failing to find it will result in the golfer receiving one penalty stroke, and they’ll have to play the ball from the position of the last stroke.