Relief Situations & Procedures (Rules 22, 23, 24 and 25)
When playing golf, you must play the ball as it lies, whether your ball is in a good lie or a bad lie, unless the Rules allow you to do otherwise.
For example, the Rules allow you to move natural objects like leaves and twigs – the Rules call these “loose impediments.”
The Rules also permit you to lift and move your ball if you have interference from certain conditions. Sometimes you can move your ball without penalty, e.g. when you have interference due to a man-made object – called “obstructions” - such as a road or path, or an abnormal ground condition, such as casual water and ground under repair. At other times, you may incur a penalty if you wish to move your ball, e.g. when your ball is in a water hazard.
Have a look at the following sections to learn more: -