Please can you help out with this question that Bob has posed – We would very much appreciate your thoughts and citations in the discussion below.
A player in a stroke play competition leaves a putt short and on the lip of the hole. In disgust they attempt to knock the ball away with their putter, but they completely miss the ball.
- Have they made a stroke?
- Does it make any difference if they made the attempt “backhanded” with the back of their putter?
For ease of reference, here is the current definition of a stroke.
The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.
But a stroke has not been made if the player:
– Decides during the downswing not to strike the ball and avoids doing so by deliberately stopping the clubhead before it reaches the ball or, if unable to stop, by deliberately missing the ball.
– Accidentally strikes the ball when making a practice swing or while preparing to make a stroke.