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  1. A broader benefit from the Rickie Fowler 'don't do it this way' lesson - which proved to be a different kind of 'swimmingly'.
  2. Sadly, the official got it wrong repeatedly from the get go and needed to be pointed in the right direction. Morikawa's handling of the situation was very classy.
  3. Anything you can do I can do better........
  4. Replace "lie" with "CATS" and you are good for the the money. It is not just lie, it is improving line of play (take out lump of sand in front of ball), make a mark to show line of play, build a stance by piling up sand, that sort of thing.
  5. RB's guide you otherwise in 8.1b/2. 8.1b/2 – Player Allowed to Dig in Firmly with Feet More Than Once in Taking Stance Rule 8.1b allows a player to place his or her feet firmly in taking a stance, and this may be done more than once in preparing to make a stroke. For example, a player may enter a bunker without a club, dig in with his or her feet in taking a stance to simulate playing the ball, leave to get a club, and then dig in again with his or her feet and make the stroke.
  6. That issue is unrelated to 'testing the sand', it is a breach of 8.1a, improving the conditions affecting the stroke.
  7. @iacas Just caught up with this topic. I absolutely get your argument "how can digging in with the feet prior to playing from the bunker not be testing the conditions of the sand"? It is, in simple, plain English, gaining information about the nature of the sand conditions. It is not the only reason to dig in the feet and practice swing - the player is also seeking to replicate the stroke feeling for the intended shot (including getting feet stable) - but it is a key reason. But the rules permitted it pre-2019 and that hasn't changed - that is, it is a "permitted" form of testing, different from the golf rules-defined illegitimate testing (12.2b(1)). And while Rule 12.2b(2) doesn't put any overt limits on it, I think the guidance in 8.1b(5) and 8.1b/2 implies some constraints - although we don't have RB feedback on the extent. Perhaps if tour players started to follow the approach you modelled in your video we may get more explicit guidance on that.
  8. I'm not disagreeing with the benefits of carrying and knowing how to use a rule book. But Sirtom's question was about what to do when given a wrong ruling by the official/referee. And the rule book cannot help with that, it is not in there.
  9. I wholly support players carrying and using the Rule book, phone app is much better if you can get familiar with it (everything is accessible), but the question being responded to here is not covered in the Rules.
  10. As discussed above, the answer is found in Committee Procedures 6C(10). In your case, it seems clear that no further shots were played by either player from the time you were given the incorrect ruling, you just picked up your ball after being advised of the incorrect ruling. So you should replace your ball from where it was lifted - estimating the spot if you are not exactly sure of it - and play on. In your scenario, it only becomes too late to correct when a player hits from the next tee.
  11. Yes, different situation, and the ruling has changed post Jan 2019. The question was raised again recently - ball overhanging hole but held up from dropping by a stick/leaf or whatever - and has been answered by the R&A and the USGA. This from the USGA facebook page: United States Golf Association - USGA Michele - when a ball is resting on or against an object overhanging the hole (such as a ball coming to rest against a twig across the hole), the ball is NOT holed unless the Definition of Holed is otherwise met, such as when the ball is also resting against the flagstick with part of the ball below the lip of the hole. Please note, the USGA and R&A jointly write and interpret a single set of Rules that apply to all golfers worldwide and therefore, our answers are the same. Prior to 2019, the answer to this question was addressed with a very specific equity position (that no longer exists). As mentioned above, you may be interested to hear Grant Moir of the R&A discuss this question in this video:
  12. I went nuts on speed drills for a while, including this speed the backswing advice. An unintended consequence was my swing got much shorter without me being aware at the time. (Not blaming the theory, just the dope with the club in hand.) So buyer beware.
  13. Bumping the grip ends of the putter avoids this problem.
  14. Absolutely, remember that Jordan Spieth fellow? People were rushing into Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods comparisons.
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