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Which Rules 3 rules would you change if you could?

Which Rules 3 rules would you change if you could?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

My pet peeve is stroke and distance, Rule 27-1a.

We have to march all the way back to the tee and suffer a 2-shot penalty for hitting a ball out of bounds just right or left of the fairway. A playing partner on the same hole, hitting it off the other side of the fairway, into a body of water, incurs only a 1-stroke penalty, plus he’s afforded a drop from where it went in.  Out of bounds should be played the same as a lateral water hazard. Stroke and distance is too severe a penalty, and then return to the tee holds up play for everyone, including the group behind us.

The second rule I dislike is the “play it as it lies” rule.  Rule 13-1 says, “The ball must be played as it lies, except as otherwise provided in the Rules.”

Nothing is more annoying than hitting a perfect drive right down the middle of the fairway and finding your ball sitting in a big, fat divot.  Especially playing a par 5 where you have to hit a fairway wood for your second.

The third rule I dislike is not being able to repair spike marks. 

Rule 16-1a prohibits touching the line of putt except in removing loose impediments and repairing ball marks.  Like that pesky divot in Rule 13-1, I think it unfair when I hit a perfect approach to the green and find a spike mark between myself and the hole.  I make the perfect stroke with my putt, only to see it bump offline and lip out!  I know that the USGA and the R&A tried to change this rule and then changed it back because they thought it took too much time out of the round.

Which Rules 3 rules would you change if you could?

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