A question to (hopefully) promote some nice dialog about a topic (ball movement) that comes up quite often.
Think of all the times a ball is dropped or re-dropped;... it could be 2 club lengths away from a point of reference. (Yes, I'm calling this a ball movement as the ball is not where it was before)
Or how about when the ball has to be re-placed back to where you think it originally was?
Another example could be when you are on the green and your placed ball marker needs to be moved so as not to interfere another players rolling ball. In the act of re-marking your ball, the ball most likely will not wind up exactly where it really should be. (If it doesn't matter here, then why does it matter some other time)?
In these situations where inches do not seem to matter, why is it that penalties are enforced on movements sometimes so small that the movements can be seen only with magnified images?
We are allowed to intentionally move the ball in some instances, and other times, an accidental movement is grounds for penalty, even if a position advantage or favorable lie is not gained.
With all the rules regarding a golf ball moving, shouldn't the rule be in respect to if the movement does or does not benefit the golfer?
Please be civil