Originally Posted by Slice of Life
I would just not "identify" it, and then after I holed out, go see if it was my ball and grab it if it was.
Ahh, if only that was an option. Yesterday I pull hooked my drive hard enough that I suspected it was OB and hit a provisional. The second one was a perfect shot, leaving me right at the 200 yard marker for my 4th shot on a short par 5. A chance at still saving par (albeit remote, but still a chance), a likely bogey, and at worse, a 7. Obviously, it's worth a look to see if my first one was playable, because, who knows, maybe I got a good break. Well, as soon as I got over the little hump and could see down near the fence, I wish I'd never gone over there. I could see my original, plain as day sitting about 10" shy of the chain link fence that defines the boundary. Sadly, though, I couldn't unsee the ball, and I was required to go identify it. Add in a stupid decision to try and play it instead of taking an unplayable from the fence, and I ended up with an 8 on the hole. But I learned a lesson yesterday. Take your time and think things through first. I was unable to advance the ball forward because there was a tree root in the way (not to mention I would have had to try and play it left handed). So my options were to take an unplayable and move away from the fence, or take a goofy short hack at it to try and hit it backwards and away from the fence. Like an idiot, I chose the latter.
If I'm not playing by the rules, I'm not learning little lessons like this until I'm doing it in a tournament. I'd rather get this stupid stuff out of the way when it doesn't count. :)