The Rule is amended to establish more clearly that, if a player intentionally takes an action to influence the movement of a ball or to alter physical conditions affecting the playing of a hole in a way that is notpermitted by the Rules, R1-2 applies only when the action is not already covered in another Rule.
For example, a player improving the lie of his ball is in breach of R13-2 and therefore that Rule would apply,whereas a player intentionally improving the lie of a fellow-competitor’s ball is not a situation covered by R13-2 and, therefore, is governed by R 1-2.
The provisions of R1-2 do not prevent a player from taking acts that conform with the Etiquette
Section, provided it is done for the sole purpose of caring for the course and without intentionally
influencing the movement of a ball or the physical conditions affecting play of a player in the
player’s group or match.
E.g. a player may generally smooth the ragged edge of a hole or tap
down spike marks as a courtesy to other players in following groups or matches, or for care of the
course but not if this is done to in order to influence the movement of a ball of an opponent, fellow
competitor or partner or to alter physical conditions with the intent of affecting the playing of the