Rule of the Month – April 2019
April Rule: (s)
- Ball Accidentally Struck Multiple Times During Stroke
Under 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.
If the player deliberately strikes the ball more than once while it is in motion, in addition to counting the stroke, he or she will also get the general penalty under Rule 11.3 for deliberately deflecting a ball in motion.
- Ball in Motion Accidentally Deflected
Under Rule 11.1, for all accidental deflections, including when the ball hits the player or opponent or their equipment or caddies:
There will be no penalty and the ball will be played as it lies (with limited exceptions).
To address any concern that a player might deliberately position equipment to act as a backstop and potentially deflect his or her ball, there will be a penalty if the ball hits equipment that was positioned for that purpose (Rule 11.2a).
- Ball Moved During Search
Under Rule 7.4, if a player accidentally moves his or her ball while searching for it:
The player will get no penalty for causing it to move, and
The ball will always be replaced; if the exact spot is not known, the player will replace the ball on the estimated original spot (including on, under or against any attached natural or man‐made objects which the ball had been at rest under or against).