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Ever seen a pro do it??
Just got back from a round of golf with some buddies. We were playing for lunch and a drink. I was 1 up on 18, and while addressing the ball, I did the unthinkable. I knocked the ball off the tee while positioning by club behind the ball. I then hit 3 wood off the box, and knocked a wedge stiff for a par and the win.

This got me thinking........

I cannot remember the last time that I saw a professional player do this...

Anybody remember.....??

Or for that matter anybody have any stories about when they did it??

Cheers,

Brad
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actually that is technically incorrect. when recording an incorrect score the rule is that if you sign for a score that is higher than your actual score you are screwed you are stuck with the higher score however you are not disqualified, and you do not lose the hole. you are only penalized when you sign for a score that is lower than your actual score...its then and only then that you are DQ'ed. Thats what happened to jesper or someone on tour, they signed for a score that was too high and it end up costing them bc it was by one or two shots higher. no penalty but youre stuck with the higher score.

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Nice Birdie!!

 

Huh....really..??

 

I should probably read that rukes book my wife stuffed in my stocking year christmas...

 

Don't I look dumb....

 

Thanks again guys!!

 

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If you hit the ball during a practice swing, you MUST replace the ball while adding one penalty stroke to your score. It sucks, I know.. but it's the rules. Any other questions, jsut ask.

 

 

If it is on the tee, you can retee it without any penalty. The ball is not in play, so there is no penalty for knocking it off during a practice swing. If there was a penalty, then there would also be a penalty for knocking the ball off the tee when you set up to.

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On the Tee (ball not in play):

Rule 18-2a/19, player did not make a "stroke" at the ball, and since it was not in play is allowed to retee the ball with no penality.

 

Now if he/she is in the fairway and makes a practice stroke and hits the ball, no penality for the stroke, and replaces the ball (rule 18-2a/20) but incurs a penality for moving the ball in play (rule 18-2a)

 

Crazy rules, should just state that you get a penality for hitting the ball (in play) even if accidently. :kewlpics:

 

So the moral of the story is, when you practice your swing, make sure you are well away from it so that you do influence it!

 

Ken

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Very true. In the rule book you will find the definition of a stroke. A practice swing on the tee does not count as one. If you hit it anytime after you leave the tee though, it is a different story. Is that case you do receive a penalty and must replace the ball.

 

'you do receive a penalty and must replace the ball.'

 

I never understood this rule...I was aware of it, but it just doesnt make sense! Why wouldnt you just count the practice swing hit as a shot and just play it from where it is? It would be pretty much the same thing as just duffing the ball 10 yards. Why do you hafta go back and replace it?

 

And also, dont feel too bad about it man, a lot of people dont know that you can re-tee if you knock it off. I remember when I first found out. It was one of my first highschool tournaments my freshman year, and everyone was at the first tee watching their teammates tee off. Someone did, and I remember a bunch of gasps and low mumbles as everyone thought that it counted as a shot...my coach just laughed and said 'Thats one, son..." But then he told him, and I found out the real ruling. It was pretty funny...

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The reason goes back to the definition of a stroke. You must be attempting to strike the ball. If you are not, it is not a stroke. In the case of moving the ball with a practice swint, you have caused the ball to move when not attempting to strike the ball (a stroke). This is a penalty and you must replace the ball even if it only moved an inch. If you were attempting a "stroke" and it moved, it is just a stroke.

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