If your golf ball ends up in a lateral water hazard, you typically have a few options available for your next shot. In order to minimize the number of strokes you take to recover from this mistake, you should understand which legal play makes the most sense for your situation. To help you navigate this scenario according to golf hazard rules, Mark Wilson of the PGA Rules Committee walks you through the proper course of action as dictated by Rule 26.
With Mark’s help, you’ll discover how to save yourself unnecessary strokes by following the rules of golf and considering all options at your disposal. When you know what to expect and understand golf hazard rules, you should have no trouble getting to the green and finishing the hole in as few strokes as possible!