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Which 3 Rules would you change?

Which 3 Rules would you change?

Which 3 Rules would you change?

Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  We conduct 1, 2 and 3-day golf schools, hourly golf lessons, and senior golf schools.  Any type of golf instruction program your heart desires. Give us a call at 800-624-4653 or 843-237-4993.  We will be happy to book a commuter school or a package that contains accommodations, golf, and golf school.

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1st Rule.

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

You hit the ball out of bounds only find out once you reach the spot where the ball is, you must 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. Your 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.  He can 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 you.

2nd Rule.

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.

3rd Rule.

Which 3 Rules would you change?

To tap down or not tap down. That is the question.

The third rule I dislike is not being able to repair spike marks.  Rule 16-1a prohibits touching the line of putt except in removal of loose impediments and repair of ball marks.  Finally, just like that pesky divot in Rule 13-1, I think it unfair when I have 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 was taking too much time out of the round.

Do you agree or disagree with me?  Let me know which 3 rules you’d most like to see changed and you could win a FREE 1-hour golf lesson at my Myrtle Beach SC golf school.

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