ORDINARY SINGLES PLAY
C. INTERFERENCE WITH PLAY
34. INTERFERENCE WITH THE PLAYING
OF A STROKE
BY THE ADVERSARY OR AN OUTSIDE AGENCY If the outcome of a stroke is materially
and the interference is
discovered before the next stroke, the same stroke is replayed after replacing
the balls in their lawful positions before the stroke was played. Exceptional
cases may be dealt with under Law 55.
adversary forestalled play in breach of Law 23(d);
striker, the court or the equipment was touched by the adversary or an outside
- FIXED OBSTACLES
AND CHANGES OF LEVEL Subject to Laws 34(e) and 48(c)(1)
(consulting the adversary), if any fixed obstacle or change of level outside
the court is likely to interfere with the playing of the next stroke, the
striker may move the striker's ball no more than is necessary to allow a normal
stance and a free swing of the mallet.
DAMAGE Subject to Laws 34(e) and 48(c)(1),
if special damage to the court is likely to interfere with the playing of
the next stroke, the striker may move any ball so affected no more than is
necessary to avoid the damage and never to his advantage. As an alternative
to moving a ball, the players may agree to repair the damage before play continues.
Special damage is limited to a hole on a corner spot, an unrepaired or imperfectly
repaired divot, hoop hole or peg hole and a protruding tree root. The normal
hazards of an indifferent court, including a wear hole in a hoop, are not
- LOOSE IMPEDIMENTS
Loose impediments are small items such as worm casts, twigs, leaves, nuts,
refuse and similar material which may be removed by the striker at any time
and must be removed if they are likely to benefit the striker in the stroke
about to be played. Subject to Law 7(b), loose impediments
are not outside agencies.
OTHER BALLS When a ball is moved under Laws 34(b) or
34(c), the striker must also move any other ball that could
foreseeably be affected by the next stroke so as to maintain their relative
positions. However, a ball in a critical position should only be moved to
avoid inequity. Any ball so moved, which has not been affected by subsequent
play, must be replaced as near as possible to its original position as soon
as it is no longer relevant to the striker's line of play or, if earlier,
when his turn ends.
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