Casual Water. No Relief with the Stance RoG, Definitions Abnormal Ground Conditions and Casual water and Rule 25-1a Note. Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2014-10-13.
IN DEPTH: RoG, Definitions, Abnormal Ground Conditions:" An “abnormal ground condition” is any casual water, ground under repair or hole, cast or runway on the course made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird."
RoG, Definitions, Casual Water: " “Casual water’’ is any temporary accumulation of water on the course that is not in a water hazard and is visible before or after the player takes his stance.
Snow and natural ice, other than frost, are either casual water or loose impediments, at the option of the player. Manufactured ice is an obstruction. Dew and frost are not casual water.
A ball is in casual water when it lies in or any part of it touches the casual water."
RoG, Rule 25-1a Note: "The Committee may make a Local Rule stating that interference by an abnormal ground condition with a player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under this Rule." 

When there are areas with many puddles it might happen that a player who takes relief from casual water under Rule 25-b or c gets interference from another puddle. To avoid some of these situations the Committee may, under Rule 25-1a Note, in a local rule deny the player relief from interference from casual water with the players stance. This local rule may be supplemented with a local rule for preferred lies - click to link
Note that under Rule 25-1b this local rule is applicable through the green, in a bunker, on a putting green and on a tee but not if the ball lies in or touches a water-/lateral water hazard.

Suggested wording. The penalty may be removed when this Rule is placed together with other Local Rules under a specific headline.


Casual Water. No Relief with the Stance
Interference by casual water with the players stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under this Rule. Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.
 
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