Originally Posted by Nimrod84
I was chipping my ball on a downslope next to the green. My wedge brushed the grass before I made contact with the ball. The ball went in the direction I intended and rolled up short of the hole. From my own perspective during the chip I never felt or heard the ball hit my wedge twice through the stroke.
My buddy however said he saw the shaft of my wedge hit the ball in the air during my chip. He said I hit the ball twice and was very adamant about it.
What happens in this situation? Do I give myself a one stroke penalty because he claimed I made a double hit?
When you say that you brushed the grass before actually making contact, what do you mean?
If you hit behind the ball and that propelled the ball forward, and then, in following through your club struck the ball, it's treated the same as if you actually struck the ball twice with the club.
Player Hits Behind Ball and Then Strikes Moving Ball
Q.In playing a chip shot, a player's club strikes the ground several inches behind the ball and does not come into contact with the ball. However, the ground is struck with enough force to cause the ball to move. The player's club continues and strikes the ball while it is moving. What is the ruling?
A.The player must count his stroke and add a penalty stroke under Rule 14-4.
Even though the club itself did not initially strike the ball, the ball was put into motion due to the stroke; therefore, Rule 14-4 applies.