If you'd like to be true to the rules and not waste time, consider hitting a
provisional from the tee when you have doubt that you'll find the tee ball.
If the first ball isn't found declare it lost and the provosional lies 3,
with the proper stroke and distance.
The procedure you are using may allow you to feel better, but you're leaving
yourself one stroke to the better. A count to illustrate the point:
Stroke 1 - tee ball (lost)
Stroke 2 - penalty
Stroke 3 - drop from where you think the ball landed.
By the rules, you'd be hitting 3 from the tee, not from where the first ball
landed. You have also eliminated the risk of another mis-hit from the tee.
BTW - the rule that applies is 27-1 "Ball Lost or Out of Bounds." Stroke and
distance is the only option. No drop.
> Greetings all.
> Considering the shortage of honest golfers these days, I've decided to do
> all I can to join the ranks of the few, the proud, etc.
> I have a problem, though. Every once in a while I'll hit a tee shot
> straight into the rough - not out of bounds, just not in fairway.
> Although I'm certain the ball won't be difficult to find when I'm on the
> tee, sometimes the damn thing just can't be found in the thick stuff
> within a minute or two, which is all the time I can spend searching w/o
> irritating the group behind me.
> As I understand the rules, I'm supposed to be penalized stroke and
> distance and hit my third shot from the tee again. Obviously, I can't
> just walk back 200+ yards and tee off again within the alloted time for
> a given hole. So, I just take a one-stroke penalty, drop where I think
> the ball landed, and hit my third shot.
> What are your opinions/recommendations on this?