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<caveat>You're allowed to practice putting and chipping after finishing a hole, so I guess in those cases you can make a practice stroke while playing a round</caveat>
I had created a post rather similar to Rulefan's re Definitions but somehow (fortunately?) lost it!
The Definitions are all-important in/to the context of The Rules! Anything that is not specified is either noise or is subject to interpretation - often badly! The Definition of 'Stroke' precludes the additional description 'practice' - at least in terms of The Rules - as it states '... with the intention of hitting and moving the ball...'!
However, there is reference to 'practice swing' and 'practice stroke' in Note 1 of Rule 7 (Practice)....
Note 1: A practice swing is not a practice stroke and may be taken at any place, provided the player does not breach the Rules.
So practicing you 'putting stroke' before actually making a stroke is a mixture of terms!
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bobmac, why would you disagree with the rules? You can disagree with someone's interpretation or application of them, don't see how you can disagree with the rules...they are what they are and we cannot change them and not agreeing does not change them either. Puzzled. :-(
This is all a bunch of jabberwocky, arguing about distinctions between terms that do not exist in the rules. If we want to make up a term to describe something then we define it how we please and arguing about it is futile. But trying to make our words fit in the rules will go nowhere.
There is a stroke and it will advance the ball if successful, but nonetheless count in the score. Anything else that moves the ball is not a stroke and does not count in the score, unless other rules add legislated strokes to the score.
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