As we (in the northern hemisphere) move into the colder months and courses can’t be maintained in peak summer conditions “Winter Rules” are often brought into play on the 1st of October. Probably the most common of these is a preferred lie rule which should be based on the model local rule E-3. This is not a “Rule of Golf” but will be an almost ubiquitous local rule – please do check exactly how your club has put this into play before using it.
The text of MLR-E3 is below.
– you can only place in the general area (so can move into the rough, but not onto a green)
– you may only place the ball once, so you can’t try different spots
– if the ball does not stay where you place it, you must try again