I haven't anchored myself to coverage of this weekend's Tournament of Champions but there, at the 18th hole on Saturday, is Byron DeChambeau taking a drop after his wayward second shot. Ever so carefully, he crouches down, dipping just so in order to get his hand down to "knee height" before he takes his drop. Silly looking? Well, to this casual observer, unquestionably.
DeChambeau agrees, sort of. From Golf.com:
DeChambeau commented on the rule following the second round at the Tournament of Champions
in Hawaii on Friday. When asked which rule caught his attention the most, he answered, “I think the knee drop one. That you have to drop it from knee height is a bit absurd, unfortunately.” However, DeChambeau is not a big supporter of dropping from shoulder-height, either. Instead, he thinks players should have more freedom when determining where to drop from. “I think that you should be able to go from knee height to shoulder height."
I grew up when you took relief by facing the hole and dropping the ball over your shoulder behind your back -- thus insuring a completely random ball placement. Later, this was simplified to merely extending your arm to your side, even with the shoulder, thus enabling the golfer to get a good look at the drop spot; "taking aim," if you will.
Now this: squirming down to about a foot-and-a-half above the ground in order to attempt exact placement. So please explain it to me: was dropping from shoulder height Just Too Complex for most golfers? USGA, what's the point?
Now about that flagstick......
Edited by BenSeattle, 06 January 2019 - 01:58 PM.