I have a question about how wind affects the golf ball on a putting green. I was watching the opening Hyundai Tournament and on one occasion a ball was blown off the green and the player had to play the ball from its new position several yards off the green. What would be the ruling had the wind blown the ball into the hole? If it was a par 3 would it count as a hole in one?
Thank you for a question which I am sure will be of interest to many of our viewers.
The answer is that if the ball is made to move by the wind and the player did not cause the ball to move – even though he addressed the ball – then the ball must be played from where it comes to rest. If this is off the green and in a water hazard then tough luck.
If, on the other hand you are about to play your second shot on a par three and the ball moves because the wind caused this to happen, and you – the player—did not cause it to move AND the ball rolls into the hole you better not tell anybody – if you don’t have hole-in-one insurance– because you will be in the hole for a wad of drinks money.
I don’t know whether to wish you luck on this one or not.
I would however like to recommend that every golfer who needs a little help on the green considers getting a copy of our latest book “The Fundamentals of Putting”. Valerie and I are very proud of this one as we know it will help explain how the body wants to move, rather than how the mind — filled with conflicting “methods” and manipulated motions — tries to instruct the body to move.
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