I'm still trying to figure out why the "honors" rule hasn't been changed. I think it just doesn't make sense.
1. The Rule as I know it. - Correct me if im wrong, but I think you are "required" to hit first after you won the last hole.
2. Why its a Bad Rule -- I think the previous hole winner should have the "option" to hit in any position he wants. The "option" is
a much stronger position. This is especially true in match play.
3. Example When the Rule Can be Especially Negative. - You are in match play and you have been hitting the ball about the same distance as your opponent. You have noticed you hit mostly the same club in a given situation. Then you come to
a nasty par 3 with a "two club wind". Hmmmmmm , wonder what club I should hit here??? Wouldn't it be better to have the "option"
to let your opponent hit first. If he pulls a hybrid out and hits it 20 yds. over the green, you might want to hit 5 iron. And so on!
4. Bad Arguments I hear Supporting the Rule. " I wanna hit first a put pressure on my opponent." This isn't a very good argument because the percentages of amature players hitting shots that put pressure on opponents isn't very good. Most of us hit more bad or mediocre shots than shot that will make our opponent cringe in fear.
5. Support from Other Sports in Similar Situations. 1. College Football Overtime. Ever watch an NCAA football game going into overtime? The team that wins the coin toss chooses to play defense 99% of the time. Why? The want to see what their opponent does with their turn. If they don't score, they only need to kick a field goal to win. If the do score they know what they have to do and can play accordingly. 2. Golf Long Drive Competitions -- My son competes in some long drive events. A coin flip decides who has the "OPTION" of what order to hit in. Again, 99% of the time, the "coin flip winner" goes last. If the first contestant doesn't get any drives in the grid, contestant 2 can pull a 3 wood and just hit one in the grid. Again a position of much more power, having the "OPTION" of when you hit.