Have been watching a lot of tennis recently during the Australian Open (lucky to live in Melbourne and be part of such a fantastic event), and play competition tennis at a very average level. But got to wondering what golf would be like if the player was able to have two attempts at a tee shot, as the tennis player has two attempts at the serve. Surely most players would have improved scores with the option to take a fault off the tee and play again. And how often do you hit the best drive of the day as your provisional ball following the first drive that has hooked into the trees and deep rough. It would also allow you to take more risks off the tee, maybe go for that short par 4 green with driver and knowledge that you could always grab an iron and play a safety second tee shot. And there would also be the risk in claiming a fault in your first tee shot, that the second shot was worse. There would be no going back to the first!
Of course, this is completely impractical and would make rounds of golf longer and more tedious as a foresome spent forever looking for up to 8 balls! I will suggest this as a novel way to change up our next social round of 9 holes and report back. In the meantime, back to the tennis!