Dropping the ball

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Dropping the ball

In the interest of the intended simplification of the rules of golf, regarding taking a drop, what was wrong with just saying you cannot drop the ball below your knee height?

 

I think the two reasons the

I think the two reasons the RBs give are significant.

The new procedure lowers the height from which the ball is dropped to increase the chance that it stays within the relief area.

Allowing the player to drop a ball from knee height will help to limit the extent to which a ball will embed in sand in a bunker.

I dunno why the powers that

I dunno why the powers that be changed this. Seems silly if you ask me.

Why do you disagree with the

Why do you disagree with the reasons given by the R&A/USGA?  Why silly?

We still don't know why you

We still don't know why you think it is silly

I don't understand the fuss

I don't understand the fuss with this rule change. For these reasons:

  • the R & A explanation of why it's been done makes sense
  • the old rule wasn't all that great - plenty people had an odd idea of what it meant to extend your arm at shoulder height.
  • the new rule isn't difficult to do. If bending slightly is a challenge, then golf in general will be problematic.
  • the new rule should be advantageous. From knee height dropping the ball on a decent piece of grass is much more possible than from shoulder height.

Besides all that, haven't we bigger issues to deal with when trying to play golf?

Still say what was wrong with

Still say what was wrong with just simplifying this by saying no penalty if you play your ball dropped above knee height, as is now the case, only below?

 

 

 

There would be a greater

There would be a greater chance of the ball finishing outside the relief area. The old range of upto 2 further cl could take the player well away from where his ball originally finished.

 

 

I can see now I suppose, in the long run players would drop from higher if allowed so that they can possibly get to place the ball in the relief area when it keeps ending up outside. 

 

 

Exactly. Also one drop that

Exactly. Also one drop that stays in is quicker than two that run away and then placed.