We will continue our journey through the principal Rules changes introduced for 2012 by discussing Rule 20-7c Playing from Wrong Place; Stroke Play. Note 3, under Rule 20-7c has been amended so that if a player is penalized for playing from a wrong place, in most cases the penalty will be limited to two strokes, even if another Rule has been breached prior to his making the stroke.
Note 3 now states: “If a player incurs a penalty for making a stroke from a wrong place, there is no additional penalty for:
(a) Substituting a ball when not permitted;
(b) Dropping a ball when the Rules require it to be placed, or placing a ball when the Rules require it to be dropped;
(c) Dropping a ball in an improper manner; or
(d) A ball being put into play by a person not permitted to do so under the Rules”
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Rule 19-1, Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped by Outside Agency, now includes an expansion to the Note to prescribe various outcomes when a ball in motion has been deliberately deflected or stopped by an outside agency. To quote the Rule Book:
“Note: If a player’s ball in motion has been deliberately deflected or stopped by an outside agency:
(a) After stroke from anywhere other than on the putting green, the spot where the ball would have come to rest must be estimated. If the spot is:
(i)through the green or in a hazard, the ball must be dropped as near as possible to that spot;
(ii)out of bounds, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1; or
(iii)on the putting green, the ball must be placed on that spot.
(b) After stroke on the putting green, the stroke is cancelled. The ball must be replaced and replayed.
If the outside agent is a fellow-competitor or his caddie, Rule 1-2 applies to the fellow-competitor.
(Players ball deflected or stopped by another ball – See Rule 19-5)”
Formerly, Rule 19-1 provided that if a players ball was “purposely” deflected or stopped by an outside agency (eg: a spectator), the principles of equity were applied to determine the point from where the ball was to be played. A number of rules decisions provided guidance. The new note to 19-1 clarifies this situation. Thomas Pagel, the Senior Director of Rules of Golf for the USGA, explained that these changes were driven by a desire to add more certainty to the rule.
One common problem I see with beginning golfers is topping golf shots. Here’s why….
When a golf ball is topped one of three things happened:
You have come out of your posture through the swing and you are now above the ball.
The bottom of your swing has moved behind the ball and by the time you get to the ball, you are above it.
Your hands are not ahead of the ball at impact.
Through impact, feel like you turn your bottom hand knuckles to the ground at impact. Make sure your hands are ahead of the ball at the same time. These two things should get you hitting the ball better.
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