You can't ground your club in a bunker because you could improve your lie, and, also, test the surface. Best advice, if you don't like the bunker rules, don't hit it in the bunker. What sport provides reasons for their rules? I really hated that 3 strike rule. If I could have stayed at bat until I hit the ball, I'd be in the HOF. The rules are the rules. You don't have to like them. I play by them, but you can do whatever you want. I really suggest you contact the USGA , and tell them what changes you would make to the rules. They do modify them every so often, and I'm sure they would value your input.