Golf World Divided Over Divot Debate on Twitter

Published 12/29/2021, 9:55 AM EST


Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world and the basic concept of the game is easier to understand. But the rules of this game can get slightly confusing at times. Hence, we see rules officials present at the golfing events to guide players. However, there are a few rules which don’t seem to be fair towards players. 

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The USGA and R&A are the governing bodies of golf that have the authority to change or set rules. Currently, there are around 34 rules with 2 to 7 sub-rules in golf. However, the first-ever written set of golf rules had only 13 rules in them. 

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Should there be a free drop for a ball lying in a fairway divot?

There has been a constant debate going around regarding an unfair rule. Gold pundits and few others believe that a player must get a free drop if the ball is in the fairway divot. While others say that the current rule is perfect and there shouldn’t be any change in this rule. 

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Meanwhile, playing a ball off the divot can be challenging, as there is no grass below the ball. So the club doesn’t get underneath the ball at the time of contact. This makes the chances of thinning or topping the shot increase just because of someone else who did not repair his divot mark, which is totally unethical. 

Players who are competing after them face difficulties if their ball lands up in the fairway divot. But as of now, there is no relief for a player if his ball ends up in a fairway divot. Hence, a few people are demanding a change in the rule, including the golf media star Paige Spiranac.  

Reactions of fans from golf twitter

Well, the golfing community seems to be divided on this topic. There are a few people who think free relief is a must, while others believe it is of no use. So let us have a look at the reactions of fans and have a look at their opinion. 

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So these were a few reactions and opinions of fans. But what do you think? Should there be a change in the rule or not? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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