I voted "yes" on the two meter rule because in most cases I've seen people get stuck in trees, it is because they took a riskier route where the "luck" became a greater factor. If there is a hole with a defined -- but narrow -- fairway vs. a huge spike hyzer over the trees and in towards the basket, I think that the person taking the spike-hyzer higher-risk route deserves to have a penalty sometimes in the form of two two-meter rule.
There are rare cases where bad luck just happens -- I remember a shot I put 3' high down the fairway at Cameron East on one of the back holes. It clipped a low branch, kicked up at a 45-degree angle and got stuck 7' up, wedged in a V of two-limbs on the skinniest tree you ever saw. Bad luck on that shot, and the two-meter penalty was a double-whammy (playing before they took it out of effect).
However, I think bad and good luck happens to everyone on every course. I agree that part of getting better and learning the mental game is to learn how to increase your odds on each hole to minimize the chances of bad luck happening. The two-meter rule is just one more thing to factor into your shot decisions.
One of my top 10 courses is Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, MD. At that course, the two meter rule is ALWAYS in effect. More than any other course I've ever seen, the course was designed with the two meter rule as an integral part of the hole designs. There are hundreds of cedar trees around the course that eat discs for breakfast. Probably 40-50% of the time a disc hits a cedar it stays where it hits. There are 10-15' PVC poles leaning up against trees all around the course to help people retrieve their discs. Yet the course is very fair -- every hole has one or more clear fairways, and on the holes with cedars, there are clear ways to throw to avoid the cedars. However, if you mess up your shot, you are going to take a penalty. Another plus of the course is that it is beautifully manicured and the grass is open and smooth on most holes, so rollers are a valid option on a lot of the cedar holes -- if you don't have a roller, it will force you to learn to throw one. You don't have to have a roller, but rollers increase your luck on a lot of holes. It's 27 of the most beautiful holes anywhere in the country, so play it if you get a chance and see the best place I know of where the two meter rule deserves to always be in effect.
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