1-2/4.5 Player Leaves Putt Short and Instinctively Throws Putter at Ball
Q. A player putts and the ball comes to rest just short of the hole. The player then instinctively throws his putter toward the ball, but misses. Should the player incur a penalty for a breach of Rule 1-2 which prohibits taking action to influence the position of a ball?
A. No. See Decision 14/6 which deals with a similar case.
If the putter had moved the ball, the player would have incurred a penalty stroke under Rule 18-2a, and would be required to replace the ball.