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bopper50
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If you could change one rule in golf ( USGA/ R&A), what would it be.

It would be the OB Rule.

Even with the recent OB rule change, a lot of amateur's don't play it correctly. There was an argument this morning about it at the Club.

It certainly slows the game down.


Player A -

He hits his drive 270 and it takes a bounce right and ends up one foot out of bounds. he is hitting 3 from the tee box or he can hit from where it went out and is hitting 4.

Player B -

Hits his drive 270 and it bounces into a creek. he can take the distance and is now just hitting 3.

Ben Crenshaw has been pretty vocal about changing the OB Rule and believes it is too harsh and slows the game down.

One example -

LINK


Mingo Was His NameO
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OB and a hazard aren't the same thing


Dunder Mifflin
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I agree. OB is awful. If you can find it, you should be able to play it.


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EyeOfTheTiger311
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It's easily the OB/stroke and distance rule. It's stupid and everyone hates it. Everything should be played as a lateral hazard/red line, play it where it crossed the hazard and take a penalty drop.


Dawgsontop34
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If I’m just playing in a friendly game, we’ll play everything as a hazard.


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bopper50
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It's easily the OB/stroke and distance rule. It's stupid and everyone hates it. Everything should be played as a lateral hazard/red line, play it where it crossed the hazard and take a penalty drop.



I agree and that is Ben's point as well.

OB and Hazard play are both rules. Both are technically lost balls.


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ell_13
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Divots are ground under repair


Tiger1242
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quote:

OB and a hazard aren't the same thing

No shite Sherlock. He’s saying that would be the rule he would change


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Scottforeverlsu
Member since Nov 2016
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Having to play from a divot on the middle of the fairway needs to be changed.

OB... not sure, should know where OB is from the tee. Cool with local rules or friendly games playing as lateral hazard


CoachChappy
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Having to play from a divot on the middle of the fairway needs to be changed.

100% agree

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OB... not sure, should know where OB is from the tee. Cool with local rules or friendly games playing as lateral hazard


I played a course recently that had all of the wooded areas that lined every hole red stakes. It was all played lateral


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RawDog7984
Member since Oct 2019
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Between this and the OB rule. I play a lot of courses that don’t have a ton of water so they line it with OB. I think it’s just to penalizing. The most simple rule change id make is what Ell said. Landing in a divot should result in a free drop.


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BigNastyTiger417
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Highly agree. First change should easily be: if your mall lands in a divot, you can pick up/clean & place.


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Righteous Dude
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I played a course recently that had all of the wooded areas that lined every hole red stakes. It was all played lateral


That's the way Black Bear is in Delhi.


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Front9Bandit
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Divots are ground under repair


Yep, a player should never be penalized in anyway for hitting it in the fairway off the tee.


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lsufball19
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quote:

If you could change one rule in golf ( USGA/ R&A), what would it be.

Relief out of a divot in the fairway


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makersmark1
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Member since Oct 2011
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Currently, you can drop out of a bunker for 2 strokes.

It should be 1 stroke like all other hazards.

Only comes up when someone is buried under the lip, but I’ve dropped in the bunker.


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Barrister
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Lost ball is not a penalty when spotters aren’t present


ell_13
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You still have to take a penalty. But it has to be known or reasonably certain what happened to it.


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Big L
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Houston
Member since Sep 2005
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OB was a rare boundary marker in early golf course design. The suburban real estate developers learned that they could make a lot more money by building golf courses in the middle of neighborhoods, and those people didn’t want golfers in their yards so now all of a sudden there’s OB on most of the holes, and a lot of those courses had skinny fairways to save on real estate. I actually think they should develop a new designation for private property hazard and let people get more than two clubs of relief to get them further from houses, and only 1 penalty strike.


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Eye dentist
Member since Oct 2013
453 posts

Definitely agree about changing the OB rule. The problem with changing the divot rule is that there are a lot of divots under various states of disrepair. So, anyone who doesn’t like his lie could argue that it’s an old divot.


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