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ning of each game the ball is allowed to be ele≠vated to whatever height the player chooses, for the convenience of striking, but not afterwards. This is done by means of sand or clay, called a teeing. The balls which are played off at the be≠ginning of the game must not be changed until the next hole is won, even if they should happen to burst. When a ball happens to be lost, that hole is lost to the party ; and if a ball should be accidentally stopped, the player is allowed to take his stroke again.
Suppose four are to play the game, A and B against C and D, each party having a ball, they proceed thus : A strikes off firstóC next; but perhaps does not drive his ball above half the dis≠tance A did, on which account D, his partner, next strikes it, which is called one more, to get it as forward as that of their antagonist, or as much beyond it as possible; if this be done, then B strikes A's ball, which is called playing the like, or equal of their opponents. But if C and D, by their ball being in an awkward situation, should not be able, by playing one more, to get it as for≠ward as A's, they are to play in turn, two, three, or as many more, until that is accomplished, before B strikes his partner's ball: which he calls one to two or one to three, or as many strokes as they required to get to the same distance as A did by his once playing. The ball is struck alter≠nately, if the parties be equal, or nearly so.
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