Rule of the Week
July 14, 2019

Monday - July 8th, 2019 at Holiday Park GC, Saskatoon, SK
In this case, player A had a short, uphill putt (inside of four feet) on a par 3 for his third stroke. The player made a proper stroke at the ball but accidentally hit the ball a second time on the way to the hole, and the putt was holed. Was it a 3 or a 4?
Rule 10.1a , if the player's club accidentally hits the ball more than once during a single stroke there will be no penalty and the ball will be played as it lies. In this case, the ball was holed and player A records a 3 on his scorecard.
Again, we heavily emphasize, "accidentally!" This does not allow a player with a 30 foot putt to putt, run up 20 feet and hit it again while it is moving. There will be penalties involved and possibly a disqualification penalty in that situation.

Full Rule for 10.1
10.1  Making a Stroke
Purpose of Rule : Rule 10.1 covers how to make a stroke and several acts that are prohibited in doing so. A stroke is made by fairly striking at a ball with the head of a club. The fundamental challenge is for you to direct and control the movement of the entire club by freely swinging the club without anchoring it.

a. Fairly Striking the Ball

In making a  stroke :
  • You must fairly strike at the ball with the head of the club such that there is only momentary contact between the club and the ball and you must not push, scrape or scoop the ball.
  • If your club accidentally hits the ball more than once, there has been only one stroke and there is no penalty.

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