I discovered this on the Range today my only thought was have my belly follow the clubhead at the same speed I can't believe how it improved my accuracy with all clubs I guess it is just about getting the club head square at impact any thoughts
Firstly, I feel there's a problem with the term cheating being so loosely whipped around.
The players that are flopping in soccer/basketball, etc. are trying to take advantage and take a risk of being caught in order to score over the other team and ultimately win. I feel like what Choi did is no different. But you don't call basketball players "cheaters" who "should be ejected and banned from the game."
Yes, there is a higher standard for morals, ethics, and integrity in "the game of golf" that we try to hold on to. I'm a big fan of growing integrity and trust in people as a whole. But did Choi really giver herself a huge advantage? No. Spike mark or not from 15 inches... there was maybe a fraction of 1% percentage added miss chance there if there was one. Not that that makes what she did any better...
Secondly, to all the people with a huge stink on her on the side of giving her a massive fine, a temporary ban, etc... I don't agree. Sure, it's sad that people will break a rule like that and hope they aren't caught. She may not be the best example of good character. But gimme a break. She should be penalized, per the rules of golf, and we should move on. Unlike other sports she lost so much face for this smalllllll make-chance increase. Unlike an intentional foul in basketball that not only CAN hurt another player, but is forgotten literally seconds after the fact.
Thirdly, if we're comparing apples to apples in the world of sports when it comes to fines and suspensions... ask yourself what equal infractions in other sports would yield the same punishments you're recommending? Football: intentionally injuring another player, inappropriate discussions with a ref, etc, Soccer: repeated red cards maybe? I dunno much about soccer lol. But bottom line, those types of things are typically ATTACKS to individuals in the field. Choi didn't attack anyone, she gave herself an infinitesimally small added chance to make a 15" putt. That's way lower down the totem pole than intentional fouling in my opinion. Maybe had she kicked another player's ball from the fairway into the water and tried to get away with it... it might be a little closer. But that's obviously not what happened here.
Of course, like I said, I wish all of these flopping and what Choi did would go away. I wish people had more integrity than that. I sure as hell would never feel I won had I won by ANY margin knowing that I had broken a rule in the slightest.
I'm aware this happened long ago, but I wasn't big into watching golf at that time so this thread was a nice read after-the-fact :)