I had a situation come up yesterday while playing a round of golf with my normal playing partner. My ball on my second shot on a par 5 hit a small tree, and ended up INSIDE a small wire cage that was placed around the bottem 3 feet of the tree trunk. I told my partner it was a FREE drop from the cage, as the cage was placed around the tree so you wouldn't play the shot and damage the tree. He didn't agree at all, saying it was a penality for moving the ball out of the wire cage. I stood my ground on my thinkng and took my free drop inside one clubs length of the tree, and played my third shot into the green. what do you guys and gals think about this situaion?