The rules of golf do not allow for relief from a divot in the fairway. It is the most annoying non-rule in golf! I rarely hit my ball into a divot, but when it happens I find it very disturbing, frustrating, and downright unfair! As a matter of fact, I think all golfers should band together and lobby golf’s governing bodies to change the rules to include relief from a divot.
As you can see, I will be hitting my ball with half the ball buried. After a great drive into the fairway, I belief I was disadvantaged by someone not fixing their divot. As it turns out, I did miss hit this ball and finished with a double bogey. My ball squibbed out about 25 yards leaving about 175 yards to the green. I tried punching down on the ball with a 5 iron and it did not work out as planned. Part of my challenge was that I did not mentally get over hitting out a divot….did I mention I found it very frustrating.
I remember being in a divot that was opposite direction to the fairway. Someone was taking practice swings, took a divot and I was left hitting out of a trench. I decided to take free relief and carry on with my round. Long before this incident I felt that having to hit out a divot was unfair and this thought has not changed. As I stated earlier, I belief free relief for finishing in a divot is a must for future rounds and perhaps for all of golf. What do you think?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!