Originally Posted by meenman
There is a huge advantage - there is a lot more pressure on someone teeing off who is already hitting 3. One OB can lead to 3 - I've seen it in our tourneys.
There is no excuse to not hit a provisional if there is any question. We always do and it is amazing how many times it has covered our asses, not because the ball was OB, but because it is just plain lost.
You are probably right about the psych-out factor, but remember, I'm specifically talking non-competitive casual rounds.
Originally Posted by SCfanatic35
I have to agree. I know when I have hit a ball OB in a tournament, I'm already pissed/frustrated for going OB so it makes me a lot more nervous hoping the next shot doesn't do the same. If I were allowed to go up and take a drop it would eliminate that.
I do like the idea that in non-tournament rounds the drop could be allowed with the additional penalty to speed up play. I don't think it has ever been an issue for me when my ball is near OB, I always hit a provisional. It is the lost ball that I see that is the problem. Sometimes the golf course just swallows a ball up and it's almost always in an area you should find it, so hitting a provisional would be almost stupid if you know where it is.
This is what I'm talking about, obviously if your competing in any kind of official context you go back and re-tee. I'm talking about your Saturday foursome on a packed course.
Originally Posted by dsc123
Yeah, that's certainly something to consider. But remember that droppin 2 club lengths from OB is probably a terrible lie. You could lose 50+ yards, and lie in deep rough without a clear line of vision. I'm not sure that dropping would always be advantageous to your score. It certainly could, though.
Bolded is my thinking too, we're not talking a choice drop in the short stuff. It goes back to what a previous poster said,may have been you, a player shouldn't have to choose between pissing off everyone in your foursome (and the foursome behind you) and following the rules. I'm also not suggesting that this replaces provisionals, it would be just for those occasions where no provisional was hit as the player had no reason to think the ball would be lost. I don't think playing a provisional on every hole, just in case is going to be a reasonable solution especially considering this whole conversation is about addressing the pace of play issues. If there are no issues with the pace of play then by all means, go back and re-tee.