Here are a few things to look out for when dealing with golf cheats…
The Leather Wedge
Look out for the casual nudge of the ball with the shoe in the rough or near an obstacle – known in the trade as the ‘leather wedge’. Another trick is to casually press down the grass behind the ball with the foot or even rolling the ball, for a cleaner impact.
Improving lie in the rough
Given a bad lie in the rough, a cheat will pick the ball up, supposedly to identify it, but then replace it in an improved position, allowing a better contact out of the rough. N.B. Identifying the ball is allowed but should be witnessed by a playing partner.
Point of entry
A ball played into a water hazard brings about a penalty of 1 stroke. The next shot must be played, keeping the point of entry between the hole and the point from where the next shot is played from.
However, someone who cheats will tend to steal yards nearer the hole, by changing the point of entry making the next shot easier than it should be.
Changing a score
People who cheat don’t seem to have good memories, especially when it comes to scoring! They will often declare a score 1 shot less than they actually scored. Over 18 holes, this makes a massive difference to their scorecard, even if they only do it once or twice. They also tend to dismiss any air shots or penalties they incur throughout the round.