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I guess if you're backed up against a tree and can't stand balanced with one foot on the Line of play, then you'd be forced to take relief and whatever comes with that (can't find my book at the moment). Right?
In the fairway--hundreds of feet from the basket--I'm pretty easy going about line of play and the player's point of contact. As long as they make an effort than I have no problem with a little bit to one side or the other. But once you get yourself stuck in the shule, or you are within 10 meters of the basket then it is on. A player should make a dam good effort to keep his/her supporting point in the line of play. And if it seems that player is gaining an advantage by moving his/her supporting point off the line of play then you must call him/her on it. Even if they make a mistake or just get a bit lazy with the placement of their toe.
I don't mean to sound widhy-washy on when I would call a foul. The reason I don't care so much out in the fairway is because 5 inches to the left or right will not make a big difference. But when you lean out to get around a tree and your foot moves 5 inches to the side during your stretch--that could possibly give you an advantage--and that is why we have the rule in the first place. Well, at least one reason why we have the rule.
Change the norm?But where do you start if the norm is to disregard the rule of line of play when it comes to fairway shots??