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Wrong Ball - Definition from the Rules of Golf

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Definition: Definitions from the Official Rules of Golf appear courtesy of the USGA.

Wrong Ball: A "wrong ball" is any ball other than the player's:

• Ball in play,
• Provisional ball, or
• Second ball played under Rule 3-3 or Rule 20-7c in stroke play;

and includes:
• another player’s ball,
• an abandoned ball, and
• the player’s original ball when it is no longer in play.

Note: Ball in play includes a ball substituted for the ball in play whether or not the substitution is permitted.

©USGA, used with permission

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