I want to share an email I received several weeks ago. Considering the many seniors in the SW (including myself), I found this very relevant. It is not my intent to offend purists, but maybe there is a germ of truth in a few of these.
Please advise all your senior friends of these important rule changes.
Rule 1.a.5 A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the rough with no penalty. The senior should not be
penalized for tall grass which ground keepers failed to mow.
Rule 2.d.6 A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to have hit the tree. This is simply bad luck and luck has no place in a scientific game. The senior player must estimate the distance the ball would have traveled if it had not hit the tree and play the ball from there.
Rule 3.b.3 There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is on or near the course and will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, making it a stolen ball. The player is not to compound the felony by charging himself or herself with a penalty.
Rule 4.c.7 If a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to have dropped. The law of gravity supersedes the rules of golf.
Rule 5.i.6 Putts that stop close enough to the cup that they could be blown in, may be blown in. This does not apply to balls more than three inches from the hole. No one wants to make a travesty of the game.
Rule 6.a.9 There is no penalty for so-called “out of bounds.” If penny-pinching golf course owners bought sufficient land, this would not occur. The senior golfer deserves an apology, not a penalty.
Rule 7.g.15 There is no penalty for a ball in a water hazard, as golf balls should float. Senior golfers should not be penalized for manufacturer shortcomings.
Rule 8.k.9 Advertisements claim that golf scores can be improved by purchasing new golf equipment. Since this is financially impractical for many senior golfers, one-half stroke per hole may be subtracted for using old equipment.
Here are a few of my additional suggestions:
If a senior whose eyes are bad loses track of his ball and cannot find it, he or she may place another ball where he or she thought it should be.
If a daydreaming senior strolls in front of your intended shot or putt, be patient and let them wander.
If a senior forgets the number of strokes he’s taken on a hole just estimate.
Now, if you occasionally lose your cool or get frustrated because of something a senior did, take a step back and remember you’ll be there one of these days.