Played a strange 85-shots round at my home course yesterday. 1/13 fairways and 4/18 greens was actually flattering with the long game I displayed. An absolute horrorshow of ballstriking. Thinned it, sliced it, shanked it, pulled it and duffed it short, left and right.
Upside: From 50 yards and in was excellent and I made 9 up'n'downs from 50 yards and in and no 3-putts. I haven't hit a single 3-putt on my homecourse in the last 5 rounds. My long game can't possibly get any worse and I still shot 85 and 36 stableford points.
This is one of those that depend on the situation. If you do have a cart path right next to the hazard and your two club lengths drop comes into there, you are entitled to free relief from the path (ball or stance). In theory you should mark the spot, then take relief from that spot as GUR relief, but many people choose to do it all at once
@BeauJoe - welcome to TST. Don't worry about older clubs. Quite a few of us here have them. The oldest clubs at home are a Dunlop set from 1986, which I use when I don't want to travel with my clubs from my apartment in the city to our coffee estate