Monday, April 3, 2017

Ask Linda #1501a-Follow-up question to #1501

Hi Linda,
I always thought if you take a swing at a ball and for any reason you stopped just short of the ball it was not a stroke.
Lou from Davenport, Florida

Dear Lou,

Please review the Definition of “Stroke.” You will learn that “if a player checks his downswing voluntarily before the clubhead reaches the ball he has not made a stroke.” The key word here is “voluntarily.” In Ask Linda #150l-Player pushes short putt into hole, the player’s attempt to tap the ball into the hole was stopped by the ground. He did not change his mind; he intended to hit the ball. When a player moves his club forward with the intention of hitting the ball, he has officially made a stroke.

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