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  • iacas changed the title to Sprinkler Interrupts Swing - Free Redo?

Okay, here's the lawyer approach. When you began your swing you had an intent to strike the ball on your downswing. When the water blasted you, did your intent to strike the ball change to not striking the ball? (Y/N). If Y, then there is no penalty. If N, then you incur a penalty. Only you can answer that question. If you say Y when it really is N, then it is a black mark on your soul. Not everyone gets the Kevin Na whiff. 

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On 6/23/2022 at 12:38 AM, FlappyGilmore said:

If you are mid swing and a sprinkler unexpectedly turns on and blasts you causing a whiff do you get relief?

Do you get a unpenalized redo or nah?

Your only hope is to react quickly enough and  stop your downswing or deliberately miss the ball.

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8 hours ago, saevel25 said:

Never had that happen before. I've had to dodge sprinklers before, run in, hit and run away before you get wet. 

Yea, it sucks. No redo. 

Me too. It happened to us last week at league night of all things. We were on the green when it happened so we timed it, ran in hit our putt and ran away. My guess is it was some kind of mistake, because the sprinklers didn't run long and it was only on that hole. Usually, if I have to do the run in, hit, run away thing it's because I'm playing an early AM round. 

My experience is normally there's at least some warning too. You hear the thing kind of purging the air or what not and you know it's about to go off. Seems like getting blasted mid-swing would be unlikely. ... It might be possible though. 

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No redo. I don't think the governing bodies will be taking up the rogue sprinkler issue anytime soon. 

An unpenalized redo is rare. I think I have only had it once when my ball hit an overhead power line under a local rule. 

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