As you probably know, the rules of golf changed in 2019. One of the major changes has to do with how to properly drop a golf ball to take relief. The logic of the governing bodies is to help ensure our ball stays in the drop area if dropped from a lower level. I understand the logic, but have to say I do not really agree with their conclusion.
Here is a short video on how to properly drop our ball:
Over my many years of playing competitively, I have probably dropped my ball for relief about 50 times. Considering how many golf shots I have made in tournaments, this is a very small number. Of those drops, I have only had to place the ball because it rolled out of the drop area about 5 times. If I use the new style of dropping from the knee, I think the ball would still have rolled out of the drop area 3 times. So you can see why I am not convinced that changing the height from which we drop the ball an important or needed change.
Now that the we are three years into the new rules, I am not really fussed about dropping the ball from the knee. I am sure the governing bodies did some research on the importance of making the change, but for my game it did not really make any difference. One thing I do know, understanding how to drop the ball properly for relief is an important skill all golfers should know and understand.
Did dropping the ball from your knee make any difference to your game?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!