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      Visit FlagstickRule.com   03/13/2017

      Visit the site flagstickrule.com to read about and sign a petition for the USGA/R&A regarding the one terrible rule in the proposed "modernized" rules for 2019.


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  1. I played Eagle Eye last year, it's beautiful and difficult. I wouldn't mind saving $26 and playing Hawk Hollow which is a well maintained track.
  2. I'll be in your group, I like to smoke cigars while playing.
  3. May 18th or 19th are the only available dates for me. Personally, I like the idea of doing it on a Friday (the 19th, perhaps) to kick off my weekend.
  4. The 1986 Masters. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
  5. great to hear! I'll add it back to my list next time I visit.
  6. I agree here, as the opposite also holds true, you cannot force the R&A to hold the event somewhere they don't want to, that's also an infringement on their rights. I think the point others are trying to make is that this trend of policing thought is a dangerous one. The lines of where it should end are not clear. What if the employer of a member threatened to fire him unless he relinquished his membership? Would you say they are both exercising their freedoms? The employee has the freedom to join the club, the employer has the freedom to fire the employee? Where does it end? This trend of being forced to conform to an ever-changing and ambiguous set of social justice rules is a very slippery slope. We are seeing people face consequences for simply playing golf with the President. While legally, there is nothing wrong with what took place at Muirfield, it is certainly a symptom of a larger cultural trend with an uncertain outcome.
  7. These guys seem to be poor managers of the business side of their podcast, although it is tough to say what exactly they're doing wrong without seeing their download stats. Begging for money is a weak move in my opinion. Offer a product that provides value and sell it.
  8. I really enjoyed Rogue One, looking forward to this one.
  9. Yup, we just crossed over 12 hours of daylight here in Michigan. A few weeks until the official handicap season opens. A lot of anticipation.
  10. I'm not convinced that it makes putting significantly easier. My trouble has never been the ball moving over the hole, but rather hitting the hole in the first place. Flag isn't going to help that. Even "bombing" it through the break runs the risk of missing and having a long downhill putt to recover, not going to risk that just because I "may" get help from the flagstick. I would like to see data that proves this does, or does not, make putting easier. Until then I am not convinced that it does. Changes strategy, perhaps, but overall makes it easier? I don't know.
  11. Right. If the rule is the same for everyone, why does it matter that much? To be honest, I don't love the new rule simply because it would mean a foursome might take longer because some guys want the stick in while putting and others won't. Annoying and could slow play.
  12. While we don't have many golf courses in our densely populated inner-ring suburb, we do have two golf shops like the one you described. The first is simply a custom club shop that sells off brand equipment customized for you. An old man owns and runs the shop and I doubt it'll stay around after he's gone. I often smile as I drive by and see the "open" sign illuminated, knowing he has lived another day. The second store is an equipment retailer. No nets, no simulator, just a whole bunch of brand name equipment crammed into a 1950s retail space. They match prices from online, so I will find what I am looking for online and then head over and purchase from the local guys. I am always happy to keep my money close to home. So far they seem to be holding their own.
  13. Well said, I can accept that. Perhaps "growth" of the game is overrated. Perfectly stated. Exactly the kind of open-minded response I was hoping to elicit with my comments. You have made me reconsider the line of thinking I was taking. Why strive for that great tee shot if it doesn't matter much. On a slightly OT note: does the PGA Tour alter OB for tourney's? How does Phil not go OB all the time with his errant tee shots? Anyway, just thinking out loud.
  14. Fair point. However, on many more modern golf courses "off the course" is a relative term that won't make sense to a newbie golfer. They may wonder why the water on the right side of the fairway is hazard/drop and the homes and backyards on the left side is a stroke and distance penalty. OB is no longer just down one side of 3 or 4 fairways that line the perimeter of the golf course, but in many cases is along nearly every single hole, as common as a tree line, only far more penal. For a newer golfer shooting in the 90s, he can't control which way his misses go, so this is a frustrating aspect of "playing by the rules". My home course has OB, at some points, that is just 8-10 paces from the edge of a green. If you're going to penalize OB so severely it should require a massively errant shot to go OB, this is simply not so in a lot of cases. I understand that ESC comes into play, but again, for a newbie, he doesn't want the asterisk by his score, he wants to shoot a legitimate decent score. I am not arguing what is right/wrong, I am simply stating that perhaps the elimination of some complex, overly penal rules may help grow the game more than we realize.
  15. I think OB needs to be changed to the same rules as hazards, which should all be treated the same, drop at point of entry + one stroke penalty. I am not saying this because it will speed up play, I am saying this because it will help grow the game. Hear me out. On more than one occasion I have played with a golfer who is just starting to take the game seriously, they break 100 playing by what I call "modified" rules. Now they want to start recording an actual handicap and know where their game stands. Then they slice one OB. They then hit their 3rd shot, same result. Now they are hitting 5 from the tee. Absolutely devastating. At this point they will either quit trying to even keep score, since they may very well card a 10, or simply drop near the entry point and go back to "modified" rules of play. The goal on every shot is to advance the ball closer to the hole. If your ball traveled 100 yards then exited the golf course, you should get those 100 yards, with the penalty being a single stroke to put the ball back in play, same as any other hazard. This would go a long way toward newer golfers wanting to play by the rules and enjoy the game while doing so. If a guy hit is tee shot OB, at least he gets to advance down the course and hit his third shot from a spot closer to the hole. I believe it is these overly penal rules, same with grounding clubs in hazards, etc. that turn newish golfers away from taking the game more seriously. The pool of golfers who are going to follow the strict letter of the rules when it means they shoot 110 every time is quite small. It takes a certain personality to overcome that level of adversity, and most average guys don't have the time or patience to get after it like that, but if they could play "by the rules" without embarrassingly high scores they might jump on board.