Originally Posted by tomvk77
Altho it would speed up the game allot. Nothing more irritating than a person that must go back to the tee to hit another shot.
I think going back to the tee should be eliminated. It either slows up play or isn't followed. Neither is desirable. Players shouldn't have to choose between significantly holding up play or following the rules. That's why I am sympathetic to MEfree's position.
But that doesn't necessarily mean that LWH and OB should be treated the same. It makes sense to begin with defining the area of play, then to add obstacles to the playing field, and then to penalize the player more severely if he doesn't keep the ball in play, versus if he hits it into one of the obstacles.
But maybe there is some middle ground. What if a player who thinks his ball might be lost or OB must hit a provisional. But if he leaves the tee box, then he has to take 2 strokes 2 club lengths from where he believes it crossed the OB line or where he last saw the ball. I suppose a player who can't hit the ball straight might prefer the 2 strokes/2 clubs to hitting a provisional, but I think most people would not. Perhaps if the opponent suggests the ball may be OB the player must hit a provisional.
I think that would protect most of the concerns people have expressed here.
I'd also add rules for the designation of areas as OB--such as OB can only be marked to protect property lines or to protect structures, parking lots, etc. Then you don't get the somewhat arbitrary OB markings that golfingdad mentioned.
I think its possible to fashion better rules that satisfy everyone's concerns. Except those who oppose any changes to the rules.