Originally Posted by dsc123
Just wait until MEFree gets a hold of this one...
LOL- yes, I agree with Erik and do it just like everyone else except Fourputt- pick up after reaching ESC or lose multiple balls and drop one and I am turning in ESC not par+ for handicap.
Coming back to the topic at hand, it seems that during a "casual" round, many players will just go ahead and drop a ball as opposed to hiking back to the tee when they have an unexpected lost ball. This makes a lot of sense to me in terms of speed of play and overall enjoyment of the round.
I prefer to play by the same rules for "casual" rounds and tournaments, in part, so that nothing I experience in a tournament is new to me.
Not to beat a dead horse, but whether it is the handicap rule on ESC vs par+ or the OB/Lost Ball rule, if the majority of players are doing it different than the stated rule the majority of the time, then maybe the USGA should consider the pros/cons of a change in the rules??
The handicap rule has been de facto changed anyways as I don't know anyone besides Fourputt who would write down a par+ after pumping multiple balls OB. Still, I think it would be better to have the handicap rule book read the sensible way (aka the same as everyone does it now).