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A ball hits a metal structure and comes back and hits player who hit it. Is there a one stroke penalty even though it deflected off an outside agency first? Thanks
--Shirley B. from Essex, CT

Hi Shirley.

That 's a great question. You can usually get relief from an immovable obstruction which it sounds like this is, if it interferes with your swing or your line of flight. If you choose not to take relief however and you hit it anyway, I would think it would be considered rub of the green and you have to play the ball as it lies.

I'm not entirely sure as I'm not a rules official, but I believe it is a 2 stroke penalty and you play it where it lies.

Thanks for writing in.

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