Situations > Embedded Ball
- Definition: Embedded
- In order for a ball to be embedded it must: 16.3a(2)
- Be in it's pitch mark from the current shot.
- Have been airborne from the current shot.
- Not be in a penalty area, bunker, or putting green.
- A ball can only be embedded in the general area. It cannot be embedded in a penalty area, a bunker, or on a putting green. 16.3a(1)
- A player is only allowed embedded ball relief if the player would have a play on the ball if the embedded condition did not exist. 16.3a(1) Exception
- A ball cannot be embedded on a drop. 16.3a(2)
- All of the ball does not need to be below the surface of the ground. Definition
- The relief for an embedded ball is a drop within 1 club-length from the spot immediately behind the embedded ball. 16.3b
- The pitch mark cannot be repaired before the ball is dropped. 8.1a(2)
- A player may use the same ball (and clean it) or substitute another ball. 16.3b