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Can you mark the golf ball on the putting green in front of the ball?

Can you mark the golf ball on the putting green in front of the ball?

Today is August 22nd, 2018 and we present Can you mark your golf ball on the putting green in front of the ball? Rules & Etiquette Wednesday #102.  A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

Can you mark the golf ball on the putting green in front of the ball?

Some golfers I have played golf with mark the golf ball on the putting green with a coin or a marker in front of the ball.  I don’t understand this and look sceptically at this practice.  I always watch carefully to see whether the player places his ball behind the marker when he replaces his ball.  Most times they do, but I have had to remind a player every now and again to please put the ball in the proper place. Can you mark the golf ball on the putting green this way? Is this practice legal?  That is our question for this week.  The first correct entry will receive a one-hour lesson at our SC, NC or NY locations.  There is a one-year expiry date.

There is only one way to answer this quiz correctly and that is by email.  Please send your answers to melsolegolf@gmail.com.  Any other form of entry will not be acceptable.  Good Luck!

Last Week’s Quiz.

A player begins his downswing with the intention of striking the ball but decides during the downswing not to strike the ball.  The player is unable to stop the club before it reaches the ball but is able to swing intentionally over the top of the ball.  Is the player deemed to have made a stroke?

The Correct Answer.

Decision 14 / 1.5 

The answer is No there is no stroke to count. If the player intentionally missed the ball. The player is considered to have checked his downswing voluntarily by altering the path of his downswing and missing the ball even though the swing carried the clubhead beyond the ball. 

The Winner.

Andy Cone from Bailey, N.C.  Congrats Andy.  Give us a call and let us know which location you would like to take your one-hour free lesson.  We look forward to working with you!

If you would like to work with Mel Sole or David Olberding in a one, two or three-day school, give us a call at 800-624-4653 and we will be happy to schedule your stay. Click on the link below to get rates and locations.

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