A contentious issue that often arises at my club relates to relief from cart paths, specifically in relation to the “overflow” of the aggregate that composes the cart paths. As you can see from the photo, the paths are not the more common cement variety, but are composed of a dirt/gravel/crushed granite mix. The problem that has developed over the years is that the paths have “expanded” well beyond their original width, for a number of reasons, the main one being torrential rain. The ground-staff do a commendable job in attempting to maintain the paths after they have developed potholes, but even the act of running the scraper over the paths has the effect of pushing the aggregate out beyond the original width of the path.
The question that is regularly asked is: “Do I get relief if my ball is resting on the dirt/gravel that lies off the original line of the path?” I can say categorically that you DO get relief if your ball is on the overflow, and not in a hazard AND your feet are on the original line of the path, as you take your normal stance.
BUT, do you get relief, if both your ball and your feet are on the overflow (but not in a hazard) as you take your normal stance?
Post your answers and comments below.