I agree, if you touch a little sand in the bunker, no big deal and no penalty. Another rule I would like to see changed is the ball resting in a divot on the fairway. Should a player have a bad lie with a good fairway shot? I say we should be allowed to remove the ball from the divot, no closer to the hole. After all, it is called a fairway!
I'm all for allowing us to ground our club and take practice swings in sand bunkers. It really doesn't give you a great advantage but it does give you an idea of what the sand is like in the bunker.
Allow the clubs to touch. This might allow golfers to take shots that would add more excitement to the game
Who really cares. Just hit the ball. No advantage either way
During the Covid lockdown last year we had no rakes in bunkers, we were allowed to lift and place the ball because it was unreasonable to play from someones foot print or divot. This worked quite well.Now, I find rakes dropped near the edge of a bunker and very little raking has been done. Lift and place in a sand area is a reasonable rule, which will save me the trouble of raking where others have not as well as taking rakes away from just inside the edge of a bunker.
I’m in favor of the rule change. Every course has a different bunker care, depth, and type.
OK! My 2c worth... I am ok with bunker shots when the bunkers are good. A lot of courses can stare at their toes now, including my own. Bunker play requires;1. an adequate amount of sand in all of the bunker and 2. good drainage. And 3. the same sand in all of the bunkers. I play mostly 'normal' courses, not 'name brand designed' ones and very few can meet this standard. I accidentally touched the sand in a fairway bunker recently whilst aligning my direction. This was witnessed by 2 players who said nothing. The minor mark on the surface was close to a metre away from the ball. It was an infraction, but one that had no bearing at all on the shot. I did not report a penalty. Does this make me a cheat? I dont think so and neither did the competitors who saw it, even though I hit a great fairway wood shot.Unofficial 'Rules Officials' need to grow up and get a life! We all know cheats; the ones whose imaginary 2 club lengths must be based on some giants broomstick putter, the ones whose 30cm preferred lies are in imperial units, the ones whose ball is magically no longer in the fried egg bunker lie... I am sure you can add to the list... Cheating is based on an intent to gain an advantage rather than a practical sensible approach to playing reasonable golf ... sometimes in unreasonable conditions... Golf is both bigger than, and more important than this petty stuff!
I play with a few different groups of various skill levels, and since the removal of rakes last year during the pandemic, we have relaxed the rules of play from bunkers, When the ball is in a footprint or tire track (yes tire tracks) you can remove it and place it as close as possible OR you can "rake" the area with your foot. You are still playing from the bunker and most likely from a less than adequate bunker than the pros are playing from. I really don't see much difference from any bunker play prior to 2020. Some of us hit great shots and some of us have trouble getting out of a bunker. The other difference I've noticed is that many courses have not maintained the bunkers , having very little sand on top of a clay base, making it very difficult play a normal bunker shot, as the club bounces more often, causing very thin contact and mishits.
The only problem is golfers might start taking practice swings in the sand and waste time. Personally, it doesn’t matter to me.
If it isnot a true bunker, then grounding the club should be allowed. Only to get the feel for the swing. But cannot make a divot so the club can get under the ball.