Rules of Golf: How many shots does this player take with bizarre chip technique?

If you attempt to chip with this strange technique, how many shots do you incur under the rules of golf and which penalties apply?

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Fri, 20 May 2022
Rules of Golf: How many shots does this player take with bizarre chip technique?

The rules of golf are very complex and although it is very hard to know every guideline, we like to inform our readers of as many rules and scenarios as possible.

In the footage below, a player is standing on the edge of a water hazard and as he appears to be right-handed, he is left with a very difficult task in playing the shot.

A left-handed player such as Phil Mickelson or Bubba Watson would be able to chip their ball on to the green with ease, but this player didn't have that luxury. 

Therefore, the player adopts a very unique style of chipping. He stands above his ball and he tries to chip it back between his legs and towards the pin.

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However, this is where the rules of golf come into play. As he is standing on the direct line of his shot path, he incurs the general penalty of two strokes.

So with his first attempt at the chip, he must add two shots to the initial attempt. As he tries the shot twice, he incurs three shots twice and takes a total of six shots in the sequence.

Rule 10.1c of the USGA states: "The player must not make a stroke from a stance with a foot deliberately placed on each side of, or with either foot deliberately touching, the line of play or an extension of that line behind the ball."

"For this Rule only, the line of play does not include a reasonable distance on either side."

As a whole, Rule 10.1 concerns the act of making a stroke and the acts that are prohibited in relation to the stroke.



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