Rules FAQ

Rule 14-2

Standing on Extension of Line of Play or Line of Putt

Q. My opponent or fellow-competitor always stands behind me while I am playing a stroke? Isn`t this a penalty?

A. Rule 14-2b only prohibits a player from allowing his partner or their caddies from standing in this position. While it may be a breach of Etiquette, there is no penalty under the Rules. A solution is to politely ask your opponent or fellow-competitor to move to one side or the other. (Rule 14-2b)

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Ball be struck at with the head of the club

Rule 14-1 requires that the ball be struck at with the head of the club.

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Club inadvertently hits his ball twice

On this chip shot, T.C. Chen's club inadvertently, but clearly hits his ball twice during the final round of the 1985 U.S. Open.