We all know the object of golf is to finish each hole in the least amount of strokes, but there are times when choosing to take a penalty stroke may actually save you from a worse score. Here’s how!
The term “stroke-and-distance” means going back to the location of your last shot, and taking a drop for a one-stroke penalty. The most common reason players use stroke-and-distance is when a ball is lost or out-of-bounds. But did you know that the stroke-and-distance option is available at any time, anywhere on the course?
Here are a few situations you can use the stroke-and-distance option under Rule 18.1 and limit the “damage” to just one more stroke:
Choosing to use stroke-and-distance can be the smartest option in many challenging scenarios. Using your knowledge of the rules can help you avoid having that frustrating blow-up hole we all hate, and keep your score under control.