I play with 17 clubs. I lift clean and place whenever I feel like it, even in bunkers. I take mulligans and gimmes. I drop a ball in the fairway instead of looking for it in the trees. I putt with the flagstick in. I ground my club in hazards. I move my ball out of divots. Sometimes I'll drive into the rough and move my ball to the fairway. I'll place a ball instead of dropping it.
Would I do these things in a tournament? No
If I shot a 90 while doing these things, would I tell people I shot a 90? No
My main goal in golf is simply to have fun, that's it, and personally I don't think following every single rule is the best way to have fun.
If you're not playing in a tournament or for money, and not keeping an official handicap or plan to in the future, do the rules really need to apply?
One could argue that since I'm not following all the rules of golf, I'm not really playing golf. I'm just walking around a grassy area, hitting a little ball around. Sounds good to me.
I'm sure a lot of people disagree with me which is good. What do you think and why?