Originally Posted by thescarecrow
Where do you want to start, you cannot practice on the course if you are posting a handicap rule 7.1..........big no no.......A player I was playing with got pinged for lobbing a ball back to the driving range, you may however, chip around the tee area.
I still don't understand how his handicap is inflated though?
Originally Posted by Rulesman
That of course is permitted by rule 7-2.
Under the same rule, practising during the play of a hole is not.
Of course, the USGA says such scores must not be posted.
OK, I see that, but I don't see where it says that he can't or shouldn't post his scores. Rule 7-2 also says he be assessed a 2-stroke penalty in stroke play. Section 5 in the handicap manual says that you should post all scores, with a few exceptions. There is no exception that I see referring to this scenario. That leads me to believe that he is technically required to take a 2 stroke penalty on every hole AND then required to post his score. If he was following the rules to the letter, as I read them, then his handicap would be somewhere in the vicinity of 35 or 40. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
Your handicap is supposed to be an accurate representation of your potential so you can fairly compete against others. If he's hitting extra balls on the course while he's playing, at worst, his handicap is going to be a hair lower than it should be because he's getting in a little extra practice. So what? He's not hurting anybody except himself there, and I doubt by more than a tiny fraction.**
**Yes, I know he's also hurting the guys who get stuck with him in team competitions too.