18-2b/1 Ball Moves After Stance Taken But Before Address
Q:Outside a hazard, the player took his stance but did not ground his club. The ball moved. What is the ruling?
A:As the player had not addressed the ball, he did not incur a penalty under Rule 18-2b (see Definition of “Addressing the Ball”).
If, however, the player caused the ball to move, he was subject to penalty and the ball should have been replaced — Rule 18-2a.