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Should Divots Be Considered Ground Under Repair?


Should divot holes be considered GUR under the Rules of Golf?  

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  1. 1. Should divot holes be considered GUR under the Rules of Golf?



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3 minutes ago, Billy Z said:

It is really getting old how many justify not getting relief from a fw divot base on the idea of good fortune of bouncing off a tree and into the fairway. One cannot justify the other.

Let’s say my approach shot hits a sprinkler head and takes a bad bounce into water. I do not get relief for that, why should I get relief for a divot when I can still make a shot?

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Just now, StuM said:

Let’s say my approach shot hits a sprinkler head and takes a bad bounce into water. I do not get relief for that, why should I get relief for a divot when I can still make a shot?

Another comparison that doesn't hold water. Good night!

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Just now, Billy Z said:

Another comparison that doesn't hold water. Good night!

It does hold water, there are hundreds of chance things that impact a ball in play.  Where do you draw the line?

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14 minutes ago, Billy Z said:

It is really getting old how many justify not getting relief from a fw divot base on the idea of good fortune of bouncing off a tree and into the fairway. One cannot justify the other.

They're not "justifications." They're examples. You started this whole thing by talking about what's "fair."

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Just now, iacas said:

They're not "justifications." They're examples. You started this whole thing by talking about what's "fair."

Wow!  So you really don't like being on the wrong side of any discussions, do you?  @Billy z was talking about what's "fair" on the "FAIR"WAY; not what happens if you hit a tree, a sprinkler head, a cart, a cart path, a spectator, a bird, or whatever.  If you hit a flag and bounce in the water (like Tiger at the Masters or DJ at the Players) that's a tough and unavoidable break.  Completely unrelated to landing in some A-holes unrepaired (or even sand filled) divot hole in the middle of a fairway.  Please stay on topic.

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Just now, HoganApexFan said:

Wow!  So you really don't like being on the wrong side of any discussions, do you?

There's no "wrong" side here. They're opinions.

Mine are well supported with a background in understanding the Rules, yours are full of basic errors about simple things. 😄

Just now, HoganApexFan said:

@Billy z was talking about what's "fair" on the "FAIR"WAY; not what happens if you hit a tree, a sprinkler head, a cart, a cart path, a spectator, a bird, or whatever.

And once again, those are examples of other things that one might consider "fair" or "unfair." They're not "justifying" anything.

Just now, HoganApexFan said:

If you hit a flag and bounce in the water (like Tiger at the Masters or DJ at the Players) that's a tough and unavoidable break.

So are divot holes in the fairway. Learn to deal with them.

Just now, HoganApexFan said:

Completely unrelated to landing in some A-holes unrepaired (or even sand filled) divot hole in the middle of a fairway.

Now they're an a-hole for taking a divot? Have you played on Bermuda fairways? It's not like there's always a divot to replace.

 

 

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I'm sure this has been mentioned in the 48 (!) pages of this thread, but I think the basic assumption underlying the "relief from divotholes" argument is that golfers somehow "deserve" a good lie in the fairway, just like they do on the green (where you can move loose impediments, etc).

The difference is that the fairway isn't a defined area of the course in the RoG.  That's what I think people who argue for relief from divot holes miss.  If you think of the fairway as an area that just happens to be cut shorter because the golf course designer wanted to, it makes a lot less sense to argue for relief from divotholes.

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17 minutes ago, Hardspoon said:

I'm sure this has been mentioned in the 48 (!) pages of this thread, but I think the basic assumption underlying the "relief from divotholes" argument is that golfers somehow "deserve" a good lie in the fairway, just like they do on the green (where you can move loose impediments, etc).

Agree that that is the assumption.  I'm curious if Miss Paige (who I think basically spearheaded the resurrection of this topic with her tweet last week) has any proposed rule change regarding this:

 

I mean he certainly didn't deserve that result, right?  Maybe if you hit the pin you should be allowed to place the ball on the edge of the cup? 😉

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8 hours ago, Hardspoon said:

I'm sure this has been mentioned in the 48 (!) pages of this thread, but I think the basic assumption underlying the "relief from divotholes" argument is that golfers somehow "deserve" a good lie in the fairway, just like they do on the green (where you can move loose impediments, etc).

The difference is that the fairway isn't a defined area of the course in the RoG.  That's what I think people who argue for relief from divot holes miss.  If you think of the fairway as an area that just happens to be cut shorter because the golf course designer wanted to, it makes a lot less sense to argue for relief from divotholes.

Wow! I just learned something.

Thanks, @Hardspoon

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10 hours ago, HoganApexFan said:

external entity

A golfer on a golf course is not an external entity. So your argument is mute with this definition.

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My apologies for incorrectly stating that relief must be taken from GUR.  In our rules class for new members and in pre-tournament briefs our Asst Pro emphasized that any abnormal ground conditions that they outlined with white paint were designated as GUR and were strict No Play Zones (the penalty referenced was for failing to take complete relief).  I did not realize that this was just a Local Rule, esp since it seemed logical to prohibit play on any ground being repaired by a course superintendent or maintenance crew.

Again, I apologize for this incorrect statement.  

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12 minutes ago, HoganApexFan said:

My apologies for incorrectly stating that relief must be taken from GUR.  In our rules class for new members and in pre-tournament briefs our Asst Pro emphasized that any abnormal ground conditions that they outlined with white paint were designated as GUR and were strict No Play Zones (the penalty referenced was for failing to take complete relief).  I did not realize that this was just a Local Rule, esp since it seemed logical to prohibit play on any ground being repaired by a course superintendent or maintenance crew.

Again, I apologize for this incorrect statement.  

I'll pick a nit just to clarify, not to attack you.  The definition of No Play Zones is a Committee decision in setting up a golf course, as opposed to a Local Rule.  I know it accomplishes the same thing, but if anyone were to go read the Rules, they'll find information about NPZs in the Course Marking portion of Committee Procedures, not in Model Local Rules.

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40 minutes ago, HoganApexFan said:

Again, I apologize for this incorrect statement.  

In one sentence you made three factually incorrect statements.

That's not to attack you either, just to state a fact, and back my assertion about how frustrating it can be to try to discuss the Rules of Golf with people who don't appear to "get" the Rules of Golf.

I'm not claiming "elitist" status here or anything, but I understand and largely "get" the Rules, while you do not. If you were a lawyer and I tried telling you why certain laws don't make sense, and you kept explaining to me why they did, and why my proposals make no sense at all or are non-workable "fixes," you'd get frustrated too.

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I wonder how many other illegitimate analogies we can find to justify not getting relief from a fairway divot? Was a flagstick there because an individual golfer put it there? no, because it is meant to be there. How can one compare a flagstick to a manmade gouge in the fairway to justify their stance on a particular situation? Sadly, many people try. Although, bouncing off a tree branch and landing in the fairway justifies no relief from a divot, right? No!

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7 minutes ago, Billy Z said:

Was a flagstick there because an individual golfer put it there? no, because it is meant to be there. How can one compare a flagstick to a manmade gouge in the fairway to justify their stance on a particular situation?

The analogy is meant to describe a bad break that happens after a person hit a good shot. Which is the core argument on why people think you need to get relief from a divot in the fairway. This based on the assumption that you need to be rewarded for hitting the fairway with a good lie. So, this gets taken back to, since you hit a good shot you need a good lie. 

It has been pointed out, you don't need to hit a good shot to have a good lie. I've had a ball hit a tree and end up in the fairway more often then I have had a ball end up in a divot. Should I throw my ball back into the trees because I hit a poor shot and got lucky? 

The analogy works because it addressed the main criticism of the divot situation, someone gets unlucky.

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3 minutes ago, saevel25 said:

The analogy is meant to describe a bad break that happens after a person hit a good shot. Which is the core argument on why people think you need to get relief from a divot in the fairway. This based on the assumption that you need to be rewarded for hitting the fairway with a good lie. So, this gets taken back to, since you hit a good shot you need a good lie. 

It has been pointed out, you don't need to hit a good shot to have a good lie. I've had a ball hit a tree and end up in the fairway more often then I have had a ball end up in a divot. Should I throw my ball back into the trees because I hit a poor shot and got lucky? 

The analogy works because it addressed the main criticism of the divot situation, someone gets unlucky.

I understand the comparison, I just think it doesn't support the effort. It's that the ROG considers divots as a useful tool to add difficulty to a course. Maybe we should not have relief from MMH's, LCP, or embedded balls? We could always use one situation to support another if we wanted to, but I like sticking to the idea of just the subject at hand, that being relief from a unrepaired fairway divot. I know, we can put a man on the moon but can't figure out what constitutes a fairway divot.

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9 minutes ago, Billy Z said:

I know, we can put a man on the moon but can't figure out what constitutes a fairway divot.

Go ahead, write a definition that takes all factors into account, that can be consistently enforced, and that stops short of allowing preferred lies in every fairway.  You want the rule change, you can try to make it happen.  We'll help you trouble-shoot it before you send it to the Ruling Bodies.

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