I have heard several myths about what a player may borrow from a fellow competitor during their round.
What exactly can fellow competitors borrow from one another?
A player may borrow the following,
- Balls (but if a One Ball Condition is in effect, the player would need to borrow the same brand and type of ball that they had been using).
- Equipment (e.g. tee, towel, ball marker, pitch repairer, trolley and umbrella).
- Clothing (e.g. rain gear, sweater and glove).
A player may not borrow;
Any club selected for play by any other person playing on the course, Rule 4-4a.
However, a player may borrow a club for measuring purposes, providing they do not borrow and measure with a club that is longer than one that they carry in their own bag. They may also borrow a club to practice putts or chips between holes, as permitted by Rule 7-2, providing the club is not used to make a stroke that counts in the player’s score.
The penalty for a breach of Rule 4-4a in stroke play is two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred, with a maximum penalty of four strokes (two strokes at each of the first two holes at which any breach occurred). The penalty in match play, at the conclusion of the hole at which the breach is discovered, is that the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred, with a maximum deduction of two holes.