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Thursday
Sep072017

Rules Of Golf Input Window Closed, "Common Themes" Emerge

You can read the full USGA/R&A press release online at some point, but it sounds like many golfers shared strong opinions on the boldest proposed Rules of Golf changes.

What those opinions were, we are still not sure but this is our hint until the two governing bodies play a lot of golf take many meetings mulling the possibilities.

•    Golfers provided the most feedback on the proposed Rules changes focused on the putting green (such as putting with the flagstick left in the hole, repairing spike marks and eliminating the penalty for accidentally moving a ball); the creation of “penalty areas” (extending water hazard type relief and eliminating penalties for moving loose impediments and grounding a club); and the new dropping procedures (including the size of “relief areas”). 

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Reader Comments (8)

2 strokes for spitting, telling tired joke.
09.7.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
How about a DQ for anyone over 50 wearing shorts...when asked why I don't wear them, my stock answer is "because my legs look like yours..."
09.7.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPops
If the implement the new hazard areas, i wonder how long it will be to get the courses re-rated for handicap purposes and how long will it take to get everyones handicap level with all the new rules for hazards and such.
09.7.2017 | Unregistered Commentermark
Mark, any new ratings wouldn't change very much at all. Areas that were OB/Extreme rough will be converted to a "penalty area" and the rating will drop maybe a tenth or two tenths of a point and the slope a point or two.

The vast, vast majority of a course's rating is the distance.

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I hope that most of the feedback on putting with the flagstick in the hole was to revert back to the rule we have now: penalty. The proposed rule was poor and could actually slow play while making the game easier.
09.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterErik J. Barzeski
I still don't get the drop rule. Either you drop it from a proper height to hopefully simulate the type of lie that would have resulted from a shot, or you place it - essentially ignoring the fact that there is a likely improvement of lie. But dropping it from one inch, I don't get that.
09.8.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
BrianS, I think their reasoning is that dropping from that height will not lead to bouncing away and thus re-dropping, while still maintaining a little bit of "ball settling." Placing you can set the ball up, even dropping from 1" the ball will settle down into the ground a little.

Not much, but I think that's their reasoning.
09.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterErik J. Barzeski
@ Pops- very good
09.9.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Repairing spike marks will lead to golfers becoming expert in civil engineering and constructing roman aqueducts (or slight linear depressions) between ball and hole.
09.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGutta Percha

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