So the ground has been soft and mushy and several times at the local course a high ball has embedded on landing. I read this rule:-
25-2. Embedded Ball
A ball embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground in any closelymown area through the green may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not earer the hole.The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. “Closely-mown area” means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less
So, ball goes in air, lands on fairway and sinks into an inch of mud = free relief. We've used this rule far more than we should have in the last few weeks and have already considered it's time to change courses for a while.
The thing is, last week I played a god-awful shot with my hybrid that went about a foot forwards with a 10degree downward angle. This lead to a ball embedded by about three quarters its height at the end of a 12 inch long scar. There was no casual water.
What's the right way to deal with this? We're only playing for fun so it doesn't really matter but I'd like to know.