Originally Posted by Fourputt
Originally Posted by MS256
Originally Posted by jusanothajoe
Name of the thread is What do you consider the most stupid rule in golf. When someone answers should they be chastised for it ?
That's why I love reading these what is your opinion threads.
"I would like to see this rule changed because I don't like it."
"You can't do that."
"Because that would be against the rules."
BTW I'm glad they make people hit out of divots. I'm usually about 100 yards either right or left of all of the divots so it doesn't effect me...and it serves my opponents right for hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway.
I didn't chastise and I didn't use 256's excuse. I simply asked him to put forth a workable suggestion. I doubt that he can, because if he knew enough about the rules to be able to write a practical rule, he would also know that divot holes are not ground under repair. Ground under repair is addressed in Rule 25 under Abnormal Ground, and divot holes on a golf course are about as normal a feature as you can find. They are just one of the many forms of adversity one encounters in golf, and the player is expected to deal with adversity as a normal part of playing the game.
4Putt is correct about divots not considered GUR. This is why I practice hitting out of divots from time to time. So I will have a reasonable expectation of the ball flight of a ball I hit that's located in the front, middle, or back of a filled, or unfilled divot. I still believe it's a dumb rule to make a player play out of another player's left over damage, but rules are rules, and we play by them. A simple rule change might be to allow the golfer to remove their ball from a divot and play it with in one club length of the divot, but not nearer the hole. How about a local course rule that says you don't have to play out of a divot in the fairway because the course manager agrees divots are GUR? I've seen it done. Hitting out of a divot "can" effect ball flight. So, with that in mind, why are we sometimes allowed to lift, and clean if the ball has mud on it, which will effect normal ball flight? Casual water? Rule 13-1 say we play the ball as it lies, except as otherwise provided in the rules. There's an opening for not having to ply out of divots right there. Then there's 13.2 that basically says must not improve the lie of the ball, which of course also includes stance area, line of play, and the golfer's swing. If we can get around rule 13.2 because of mud, then we should be able get around 13.1 with regards to divots with the "otherwise provided in the rules" verbiage. Rules are changed all the time. Me, I think to help bring more folks back to the game, there should be two sets of rules. One for sanctioned tournaments, and a set for the out for fun, amature.