What Happens If Your Ball Moves In Golf?

If the ball is moved, it must be replaced.


Other Than During Search If, other than during search for a player’s ball, an opponent, his caddie or his equipment, moves the ball, touches it purposely or causes it to move, except as otherwise provided in the Rules, the opponent incurs a penalty of one stroke.

What is the penalty for moving your golf ball?

Naturally, golf made it a major part of the revised rulebook. There are three key rules that currently relate to determining when a ball moved: Rule 18-2 says that if a player or opponent accidentally causes the ball to move anywhere on the course, it’s a one-stroke penalty (unless one of several exceptions applies).

What happens in golf if an animal moves your ball?

When Penalty Applies to a Player

A player gets the general penalty if he or she deliberately deflects or stops any ball in motion. This is true whether it is the player’s own ball or a ball played by an opponent or by another player in stroke play.

Can you hit a moving ball in golf?

The golfer is not allowed to hit a moving ball. A player may hit a ball that’s oscillating (being blown by wind, for instance) without penalty. Exception: If the ball moves after the player starts swinging, there’s no penalty provided the player, caddie or partner didn’t intentionally cause it to move.

Can you move your ball on the green?

Moving a Marker

A player may mark his own ball or have anyone that is authorized to do so, such as his caddy, mark the ball on the green. If the ball being marked is accidentally moved, no penalty is assessed. To move a marker, it should be placed one or more full club lengths to one side.