A Dozen Ways Disc Golfers Don't Have To "Play It Where It Lies"
1. No Lying Disc: We are never actually required to play the disc where it lies. On tee shots we don't have a lying disc. On every other shot we may use a mini marker disc, removing the lying disc before we throw. If the "it" in "play it where it lies" is a thrown disc, we are never required to "play it where it lies". We may choose to play the disc where it lies on non-tee shots, but it is never required. The only way we are required to "play it where it lies" is if the "it" in "play it where it lies" is just a location in relation to the target.
2. No Lying Throws: Our landing spot location is on the ground or playing surface. We don't throw from the ground. We hold a disc in our hand and throw from the air. If the word "play" in "play it where it lies" means throwing a disc, we never "play it where it lies".
3. No Lying Location: The way in which we may be playing it where it lies is by reference to our supporting point(s). We have to have one on the lie. However our arms may extend in front of the lie giving us a throw from a new location closer to the target than our landing spot.
4. 30 cm Lie: Our lie is a 30 cm imaginary line. That means our supporting point on the lie is somewhat variable. It is not an exact location. Therefore we are never required to throw from a supporting point location more precise than along a 30 cm line. We are in that sense playing it where it lies but only with a flexible definition of the size of the lie.
5. OB Lie: We never play from an OB landing spot. In fact, we get a new lie just for being within 1 meter of an OB line, and also if we land OB.
6. Prevented Lie: We get free relief when a solid obstacle prevents us from putting a supporting point on the lie. The relief we get is to put a supporting point on a new lie, not the spot we threw to.
7. Casual Lie: We get free relief when certain casual obstacles interfere with our stance. If practical we are supposed to remove the obstacle and still play from that lie. If removal is not practical we then get to play from a new lie, not the spot we threw to.
8. Optional Lie: We can take a stroke and get a new lie further away (5M) on the line of play for any reason or no reason.
9. Declared Lie: A course authority can declare a new lie to throw from, not the spot we threw to.
10. Approximate Lie: If our thrown landed disc gets moved before we get to it, we are likely getting a new lie, even though we make our best effort to approximate it. An approximate new lie may also be used for a lost disc, an OB throw or a parallel surface (tree, bridge).
11. Split Disc Lie: If a disc comes to rest broken apart we play from the lie of the biggest piece. It might have been impossible to throw from both pieces but regardless we are not required to, may not be allowed to, and so are at best throwing partly from a new lie, not the spots we threw to.
12. Rain Lie: We don't have to play in the rain. We can just leave our discs lying in the bag while we post on this site. Ok, I cheated on this one just to make an even dozen.
Can anybody disagree or add to this list?
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 02/10/2013 03:10PM by Discjazz.