A little rules reminder today on about alignment aids during a round of golf.
It concerns the act of aligning yourself with golf clubs during a round of golf.
I’m guessing that most golfers were guess that aligning yourself with foreign objects (e.g. sticks, swing guides) are probably illegal during the course of as round, but what about with your own golf clubs? Can you place them on the ground before you swing to line yourself up towards your intended line?
Rule 8-2 (Indicating the line of play) deals with this situation.
If you’re on the green, the answer is no. You can’t place anything down on the green or touch the putting green in any way to indicate the line of the putt, before or during the putt.
If you’re on the fairway, the rules are a little more liberal. You can mark out your intended line with clubs or markers before you play the shot. But all alignment aids must be removed before the shot is made. If not, it is a two-stroke penalty in stroke play or loss of hole in match play.