Effectively a 1-2 shot penalty (depending on what your options are for where you can drop your ball), an unplayable lie can arrest seemingly any momentum you may have built up to that point in your round. One saving grace – which we often don’t have the presence of mind to think at the time – is that an unplayable lie is generally not as bad as losing your ball or hitting it out of bounds, which are both cause for a two-shot penalty and returning to the point where you played your last shot.
It forms part of this week's Weekly Reader Poll question.
- An unplayable lie14%
- Calling a penalty on yourself for accidentally moving your ball13%
- Failing to get your ball out of a bunker31%
- Hitting your ball in the water15%
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