This is how you make a stroke at your moving ball!

Hi all.

Recently Phil Mickelson stated, that he used the Rules of Golf to his advantage by making a stroke at his ball in motion during the U.S. Open.

I think that you would be interested to view this video of another player making a stroke at his ball in motion… with a much better result (than Mickelson):

See the video here (Facebook).

Really a great stroke!

But… of course he had to add two penalty strokes to his score for playing a stroke to his ball in motion (Rule 14-5). I.e. he made two strokes and incurred two penalty strokes… in all four strokes!

(It could be argued that it was not a stroke but rather a deflection, whereby Rule 1-2 would apply, making it possible to disqualify him).



  1. Koen says

    One could say that rule 14-4 applies here too?

    1. Carl Thoreson says

      I think rule 14-4 is really the applicable rule in this situation, rather than rule 14-5. It seems clear to me that he double hit the ball, rather than making a stroke at a moving ball. Therefore, it would be one stroke plus one penalty stroke for a total of two strokes.

  2. Rex Haw says

    What about a player who uses a wedge for a short chip to the flag, but happens to accidentally hit the ball again on his follow through? He’s only made one swing but hit the ball twice. I think its pretty common.

  3. Jack Harms says

    Shouldn’t the bigger question be why accidentally striking a moving ball is even a penalty at all? What does one gain by an accidental double hit? The ball rarely goes where intended, and if, as in the video, a good thing does happen, shouldn’t that be “rub of the green”…or whatever it’s going to be called in 2019? It seems to be one of those penalties for penalty’s sake.

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