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Neb Tiffam last won the day on May 19 2015

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  1. Your opponent was correct. Rule 14-2a prohibits such action. Specifically: 14-2 . Assistance a . Physical Assistance and Protection from Elements A player must not make a stroke while accepting physical assistance or protection from the elements. Further elaboration is provided in Decision 14-2/2.5 -- Player Positions Bag for providing shade for ball Q. A player positions his golf bag near the teeing ground for the purpose of blocking the sunlight from the position where he tees his ball. He then makes a stroke. Is he in breach of Rule 14-2 ? A. Yes. As the player was not in contact with the golf bag, he accepted protection from the elements in breach of Rule 14-2a . This answer differs from that in Decision 14-2/2 as, in that case, the player was in contact with the umbrella. While a player may not place an object or position a person for the purpose of blocking the sunlight from his ball, he may ask a person (e.g., a spectator) who is already in position not to move, so that a shadow remains over the ball, or to move, so that his shadow is not over the ball.
  2. This is the same thing I call "The Three Rights" theory of putting. 1. Right Line 2. Right Speed 3. Ball goes Right in the hole.
  3. David, We rated a course back in early May and the course rating and slope went up by similar amounts to your situation. The head professional at the course questioned whether we had done something different and asked us to re-look at all our assumptions. Our state golf association keeps all worksheets from previous ratings, so we were able to go back and lay the set-up assumptions for 2006 and 2014 side by side and do a comparison. As it turned out, this course had increased it's green speed from 9.0 on the stimp to 10.5. They had also had added new back tees on four holes which added about 110 yards to the length of the course. Finally, there were two holes that have sharp doglegs (one right, one left) where a scratch player in 2006 could drive the ball across the corner of the dogleg (cause trees were not very tall) and thus reduce the Effective Playing Length of the hole. Those trees in the corner of the dogleg have now grown up and greatly reduce the probability of cutting safely across the dogleg. So, that added and about 55 yards back to the Effective Playing Length. Those three things added approximately .90 strokes to the course rating. Once we showed that comparison to the head pro and the membership, the consternation with our rating quieted down. It would be a good step to get the Florida State Golf Association to do the same type of analysis on your course's rating. They should still have the old rating worksheets and should be able to generate that analysis in less than a day. If the course set-up turns out to be the same and the rating team has made assumptions (subjectively) that caused the change in rating, then a re-do of the rating should be done. You should not have to wait 2 years to get it done. Good luck.
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    If you left tire tracks in the dew without ever intending to mark your line of play, and then realized after you drove back to where you were going to play your shot that the tire tracks were a good indicator; then, you could use the tracks as an indicator without penalty. If however, you deliberately drove up and made the tire tracks in the dew for the purpose of indicating a line of play, it would be the same as dropping your hat in that spot and you would be penalized.
  5. Unfortunately the chart I put on my post did not quite fit the space. The first number you see after each indicated action is the change in course rating. The second number you see if the change in slope.
  6. I've done course rating for the past 10 years in North Carolina and for the past 3 years have been the captain of our course rating team. While there is some subjectivity in the rating work, a good bit of it is pretty much dictated by USGA standards that govern how we rate certain holes and the obstacles (trees, hazards, bunker depth, etc.) on these holes. Our team rates 8-12 courses per year and at this point I have done probably 100 ratings. It's not uncommon when a course is rated for the course rating and/or slope to change (either up or down). Most of these changes occur because of a change in course set-up, Changes in green speed, width of fairways, height of rough can all make a course rating go up or down. Quite often, we find that a course has added a new "back tee" to address the fact that today's golf balls are "juiced" a lot more than they used to be. The following chart (tabulated by the USGA) shows the effect of changes in course set-up. Seemingly minor changes, can make a course rating change more than one might think. Likely Changes to Ratings Action Taken Course Slope Reduce all fairway widths by 10 yards + 0.3 +2 Increase summer rough height by one inch + 0.7 +5 Reduce water to greens to make them very firm + 0.2 +1 Increase green stimpmeter speed by 1.5 feet + 0.2 +1 Move all tee markers back an average of 10 yards + 0.8 +2 P.S. until some health issues three years ago, my handicap index was 2.5 and in the past was lower than that. There is no handicap maximum for being a course rater. We find that keep a good mix of low and high handicaps as team members helps as keeping from getting a one sided perspective. Cheers, Neb
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