Getting your golf stuck in a tree does not sound like a pleasant scenario that you want to come across. But such things cannot be predicted, and thus the possibility of your ball getting stuck in a tree tends to be intact. While it may be easy to get the same while you’re not playing, there are rules to be followed and ways to proceed in case you’re still in the game. So to hit you with such facts and help you understand the ways that you need to follow during such situations, here’s what you can do.
1. Hitting the ball out of the Tree
One among the many options from the lot would be to hit the ball out of the tree. Before concluding, you need to know that this procedure takes shape when you climb the tree and take a swing at the ball. Yes, that’s right. You need to be able to put yourself in the correct position to be ready to hit the ball from the tree. If you believe that it sounds absurd, then you should also know that top golfers like Bernhard Langer and Sergio Garcia have given this method a try. But the main problem associated with this method is the odds of coming up with a good shot. Considering your position, you may or may not be able to hit the ball from the tree and take it to the hole. Apart from that, chances of the ball going past the hole are also reasonably visible.
2. The Lost Ball Procedure
Going ahead to implement the lost ball procedures tends to revolve around a set of terms and conditions that need to be met. While the process is simple, it results in you accepting the penalty for a lost ball and proceeding under rule 18.2. Since the lost ball penalty is stroke and distance, it will add a one-stroke penalty to your score, and you will have to return to the spot of the previous stroke. Although certain golfers don’t prefer this method, then go ahead to accept the same in case they can’t identify the ball under three minutes.
Apart from rule 18.2, you can also proceed to implement Rule 19, where you declare the ball to be unplayable. By doing so, you will be taking a one-stroke penalty, which may or may not drop within two club-lengths of the ball. The spot on the ground directly where the ball rests in the tree will be used to measure the two club length. But before using this option, you should be able to identify your ball.