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Hello,

A friend was standing on the edge of a hazard by his cart and his ball was in the hazard. He dropped his club to adjust his glove (club was in hazard) and his opponent assessed a penalty. Is this penalty justified if he wasn't taking a practice swing or near his ball?
--Jim D. from Rogers, AR

That's a very good question and probably one for the USGA if you want to know for sure. I would tend to say no however, because he was not in his stance and addressing the ball. That's when we are not supposed to ground our club.

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