With the very windy weather of late, Golf Rules Quiz No 5 is very pertinent.
John’s drive comes to rest on a steep slope through the green. Fearing that the ball may move, he does not address the ball (i.e. he does not ground the club) nor does he do anything else that might cause the ball to move. However, during his back swing the ball begins to move and he strikes the ball while it is in motion.
What is the ruling?
a) There is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies.
b) John incurs a one stroke penalty and the ball must be played as it lies.
c) The stroke must be cancelled; John incurs a one stroke penalty and must replace the ball.
d) John incurs a two-stroke penalty and must play the ball as it lies.
a) There is no penalty under Rule 14-5 (striking a moving ball) because the ball began to move after John had begun his backswing. However, had John caused the ball to move or had addressed it, he’d have incurred a one-stroke penalty – Rule 18-2a or b
This golf rules quiz item supplied by Cliff Nunn, a VGA state accredited rules official and proprietor of Golf Clubs Down Under.