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Rules of Golf explained with John Paramor: I’ve hit my ball with a practice swing!

NCG's Rules of Golf expert Steve Carroll and former European Tour chief referee John Paramor talk us through another sticky situation on the golf course
 

In this Rules of Golf Explained series in association with TaylorMade, I’m delighted to be joined by former European Tour chief referee John Paramor to discuss various situations in which you might find yourself on the golf course and how you deal with them within the boundaries of the game’s laws. In this episode, the focus is on if you have ever hit your ball with a practice swing.

Rules of Golf explained: Hit your ball with a practice swing?

It’s one of those things that can happen at any time when you’re least expecting it – and when it does you don’t really know what to do. So I’ve set the scenario up and John is on hand to explain what happens next.

This series is in association with TaylorMade and filmed at Sunningdale Heath Golf Club.

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Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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