In stroke play a player's ball
is at rest a few inches from the hole and he walks up to it and drags it
into the hole with his putter.
a) Has he incurred a penalty?
b) Does he have to take the
a) Yes, two strokes.
b) No. The stroke counts, whether or not the putt was holed using this
invalid method of striking the ball.
Rule 14-1 states;
"The ball must be fairly struck at with the head of the
club and must not be pushed, scraped or spooned."
Question 2: What is the ruling if a player misses with
his putt and then taps the ball back into the hole while it is still
Answer 2: The putt stands but the
player incurs a penalty of two strokes in stroke play or loss of hole in match
play, Rule 14-5.
Question 3: A
player lifts the flagstick and holds it with one hand while he putts with
a) Does he incur a penalty if
he holds the flagstick above the ground while he putts?
b) Does he incur a penalty if
the flagstick touches the ground as he putts?
c) Does he incur a penalty if
his ball hits the flagstick while he is holding it?
c) Yes, two strokes in stroke play or loss of hole in match play.
A player is permitted to hold the flagstick with
one hand while he putts with the other, providing the flagstick has been
removed from the hole and the ball does not strike it, Decision 17-1/5.
However, a player may not use the flagstick to assist him in making his
putt, e.g. by resting against it for better balance.
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