What is the penalty and procedure if a
player moves their ball during a practice swing on the ...
a) ... teeing ground?
b) ... fairway?
c) ... putting green (as in the photo above)?
a) No penalty as the ball is not in play. The player may tee
another ball at the same spot, or at a different place within
the teeing ground. Rule 11-3.
b) One stroke penalty and the ball must be replaced. Rule 18-2a.
c) One stroke penalty and the ball must be replaced. Rule 18-2a.
a) Are players permitted to practice on the course before their
round on the day of a stroke play competition?
b) Are players permitted to practice on the course on the day of
their match play competition?
a) No. Rule 7-1b.
b) Yes. Rule 7-1a.