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What do you consider the most stupid rule in golf?

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I think having to play from a divot in the fairway is stupid. Particularly in PGA tournaments when on the last day a hundred or more players landed and hit a second shot from the same area. Why does one player have to be penalized for ending up in a divot. It is not the way the course was at the beginning of the tournament and it is not the usual state of the course.
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I think having to play from a divot in the fairway is stupid. Particularly in PGA tournaments when on the last day a hundred or more players landed and hit a second shot from the same area. Why does one player have to be penalized for ending up in a divot. It is not the way the course was at the beginning of the tournament and it is not the usual state of the course.

It is a tough break, certainly. As my 'ole man would say, "it's just the rub of the green". Basically saying it's the same for everyone, so you just deal with it. Thanks to MDF you wouldn't have more than 78 players on the course on Sunday. However, it does happen to the players in contention. They should make the players carry cans of white paint to mark it Ground Under Repair everytime they take a hairpiece.

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For me, hit it in a lateral hazzard, stroke penalty, if that lateral hazzard is actually out of bounds, stroke and distance. Makes no sense to me that the same shot has a different penalty based strictly on the color of the stake.
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I agree that divots should be ground under repair, but I think the worst rule is the stroke and distance penalty for out of bounds. It should be one or the other, not both.
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As far as balls in divots go, we all get them. My dad always tells me "a roule isnt unfair if everybody plays it."
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I think having to play from a divot in the fairway is stupid. Particularly in PGA tournaments when on the last day a hundred or more players landed and hit a second shot from the same area. Why does one player have to be penalized for ending up in a divot. It is not the way the course was at the beginning of the tournament and it is not the usual state of the course.

Grounding your club in a hazard - two stroke penalty. It's your club...the hazard is part of the environment...so what's the problem?

Of course, stroke and distance is a pain, too.
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this happens around this time of year when it gets really windy, and greens are fast or sloped the way the wind is blowing and the ball moves by the wind after u adress it, its a stroke penalty.

Its silly
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missing a 1inch tap in for par and getting a bogey I WANT MY PAR :(

no seriuosly i hate the rule when you hit someone eles ball and its 2 stroke penilty it should just be replayed shot
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I think the 14 club rule is obsolete.The way they build new courses with deep rough 7500 yards large bunkers you should be able to carry what ever you feel you need.
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i hate the fact that you can only use a tee in the tee-box ;)
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As Arnold Palmer says, I don't understand how you can hit a perfect drive that is straight down the middle and hits a concrete yardage marker or sprinkler head and bounces through the fairway OB and you have to come back to the tee and take a stroke penalty. Yet, someone can swing and miss the ball completely and they are now playing their second shot."

OB stroke and distance has always been the stupidest rule in golf to me.
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As Arnold Palmer says, I don't understand how you can hit a perfect drive that is straight down the middle and hits a concrete yardage marker or sprinkler head and bounces through the fairway OB and you have to come back to the tee and take a stroke penalty. Yet, someone can swing and miss the ball completely and they are now playing their second shot."

Make it a distance penalty only and call it a day.

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I think having to play from a divot in the fairway is stupid. Particularly in PGA tournaments when on the last day a hundred or more players landed and hit a second shot from the same area. Why does one player have to be penalized for ending up in a divot. It is not the way the course was at the beginning of the tournament and it is not the usual state of the course.

I see your point, but where do you draw the line? Cuppy lie? Hard pan? Mud on the ball? I don't see anyway to change this. A divot is part of the course and requires a shot be made from it...else the exceptions would be endless.

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you are making the divots a big deal. Here is a thought if you replace yoru divot there will be no hole for you ball to land in. At my course very rarely do you land in a divot
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Icing! I hate it it slows up the game, I mean they have to then have the face off in the other end....oh wait.. LOL

Seriously, the that has effected me the most.. ball+divot! drives me nuts! I hit a phenominal drive last week, landed what would think was a cut from a gd sod cutter!!!! 2" deep divot no BS and it's a very nice course.. my ball went another inch into the soil. I had to pick it out and ranger gave me relief thank god because of the bs divot.

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Spike marks on greens...awful rule.
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Incorrect score card will disqualify you from a golf tournament.
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Incorrect score card will disqualify you from a golf tournament.

I agreed with this as well, but I was witness to an odd occurrence this past summer where I felt the DQ was just and appropriate.

Not sure how I feel about it now, perhaps the Committee should have discretion.
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