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- Aug 15, 2007
Perhaps a "not scoring" stroke is more precise than a "penalty" for every stroke thrown beyond the birdie score on a hole. The question is what is the game design rationale a full stroke should arbitrarily be added to a "not scoring" throw location?While I agree somewhat with your general premise the bolded red is nonsense and using that verbiage simply clouds the entire matter.
No area within a course property is naturally a stroke penalty area by rule. Water is casual by default with the potential risk of losing a disc, playing from a crummy lie, and/or losing distance using free relief on LOP or to DZ, all considered sufficient penalties without adding a stroke. Natural or designated "required relief areas" are disc golf's equivalent to rough and sand traps in ball golf which also provide appropriate penalties from the potential for lost ball, crummy lie and/or losing distance without adding stroke to the shot.
Adding a full penalty stroke unnecessarily doubles the value of a "not scoring" throw with no benefit to the game other than making the game artificially look tougher. The scoring separation provided by "not scoring" throws on a hole are, and have been historically, enough to appropriately differentiate lack of execution on that hole.