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Rules of Golf Explained with John Paramor: How do you deal with an embedded ball?

It's one of the most hideous sights in golf. Here's what you need to do, whether your ball is embedded in grass or a bunker
 

In this Rules of Golf Explained series in association with TaylorMade, I’m joined by former European Tour chief referee John Paramor to discuss various situations in which you might find yourself on the golf course and how you deal with them within the boundaries of the game’s laws. In this episode – how to deal with an embedded ball, both in the grass and in a bunker.

Rules of Golf Explained: How to deal with an embedded ball

In this episode, I’ve got an embedded ball. In fact, I’ve got two. So what do I do in this situation? Luckily for me, John is on hand to explain my next steps under the Rules of Golf.

Watch the video at the top of the page for John’s full explanation.

John also discusses that rather infamous incident involving Patrick Reed at Torrey Pines that made headlines all around the world. So was Reed correct to act the way he did? Well, over to John for that too…

This Rules of Golf Explained video series was filmed in association with TaylorMade Golf at Sunningdale Heath Golf Club.

You can find more videos of John helping me out of sticky rules situations on the NCG YouTube channel on the Rules of Golf Explained playlist.

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Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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