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  1. USGA Launches ‘Deacon,’ An Innovative Green Section Solution to Help Courses Deliver a Better Golfer Experience Tool named in collaboration with the Palmer family as a tribute to Deacon Palmer, father of Arnold Palmer and longtime caretaker of Latrobe (Pa.) Country Club LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Feb. 25, 2021) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) has reached a key milestone in its efforts to support the long-term health of golf courses with the launch of Deacon, an innovative golf course management tool created to help operators improve the golfer experience by delivering better p
  2. Dear USGA Member, After more than three wonderful decades working at the USGA, today I am publicly announcing my decision to move on from the organization by the end of 2021 to begin a new journey. I first discussed my long-term intentions with the USGA Executive Committee in 2018 to encourage proper time for planning and a smooth transition. More recently, I shared my plans with the USGA’s executive team and today I am sharing this news with all of my fellow staff members. While leaving the USGA will be hard, I’m excited to tell you that I will be pursu
  3. Take a guess. Vote in the poll. Then view this hidden tweet: So, how close were you?
  4. For the first time in a loooong time, I have a GHIN number (I was disappointed my old number was not still available. I still remember it, and it was only six digits). Anyway, I'm entering hole-by-hole scores with the "advanced stats." Now, let's be real: calling them that is a bit silly, as it's just fairways, greens, and putts. Counting stats. But still, it's something. One suggestion I'm passing up the flagpole: auto-select the GIR stat. Pre-select the checkbox for a GIR if the player gets: An albatross or eagle. A birdie with one putt. A par with two putts.
  5. Which golf rules need to go? - Golf Digest In our latest installment of the “Great Golf Debates” writers Christopher Powers and Joel Beall tackle the pressing question: Which golf rules need to go? Oy. More of this nonsense. In brief… Oy. Look, the Local Rule eliminates the need to "go back to the tee" not that people did that all that often anyway. And in tournaments, people tend to know to hit a provisional, from what I've seen as a contestant, rules official, spectator watching junior and college events, etc. And no, why should OB just "go away"? You've
  6. Golf Journal, the USGA magazine, has returned. The first issue of the newly returned magazine (which might be volume 57, issue 1) feature articles by Tom Doak, Bradley Klein, and Ron Sirak.
  7. Greetings, As some of you may be aware, today at 11 a.m. ET, the USGA and R&A will jointly release the Distance Insights Report as well as an accompanying paper with conclusions based on our findings. You and all of our USGA members are central to our organization, and we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you directly what we have done and what we have planned going forward. As part of our mission to champion and advance the game, we are determined to lead the way in addressing the key challenges facing golf so that it may continue to thr
  8. I have a member who wants our club to adopt a local rule during off season events to allow "lift, rake, and place" in bunkers. Kind of "winter rules for bunkers". I'm against this because it is not an authorized local rule (Committee Procedures section 8). Violates rules 1.1 and 8.1. I would prefer to avoid precedents of disregarding USGA rules, even in the off season. Plus, I don't see why we should make it easier to play out of bunkers - they are a hazard. I would like to give the member an authoritative convincing answer. Already tried to get some help from the USGA - asked about
  9. Matt Parziale has been celebrated a bit recently as an amateur… when really, the guy is a former (and failed, you could say) pro golfer who got his amateur status back. Many in golf feel that these "lapsed pros" shouldn't be able to get their amateur status back, or if they should, they should have to wait longer than a year or so. I don't really care too much myself, but I care enough to start the topic, and to discuss it. What do you think the rules for regaining your amateur status back should be? How long - or how much success - at being a pro should make you ineligible? Whe
  10. U.S. Open 2019: USGA Confidential - Golf Digest Phil's fiasco (and others) have exposed a deepening rift between the ruling body and the game's best players, who once even considered a boycott of the U.S. Open I'm siding more with this article: Criticisms of the USGA and the U.S. Open have gone too far Are there problems with the USGA and the U.S. Open? Sure there are. Are the players and caddies overreacting? Absolutely. What do you think?
  11. Hrm. The USGA/R&A announced today that they were reverting to the 2018 Rules of Golf, save for a few, effectively May 1. The Rules that remain: Penalty areas may still include non-water hazards. The terminology will remain. Ties, penalty areas, general area, etc. Replacing a ball that moves for any reason after being marked will be replaced. Players may take an unplayable out of a bunker for two strokes, back on a line. Players may substitute a ball when they're taking relief. Suffice to say this is a massive setback in terms of promoting the "moder
  12. http://www.usga.org/content/dam/usga/pdf/driving-distance/2018 Annual Driving Distance Report.pdf This is from the press release: LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. and ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Jan. 29, 2019) – The USGA and The R&A have released the 2018 Annual Driving Distance Report, containing driving-distance data from seven men’s and women’s professional golf tours around the world. This is the fourth annual distance report issued by the game’s governing bodies, completed in an effort to monitor current trends in driving distance. The 2018 data show that driving distances on these seven
  13. USGA’s Mike Davis turns focus from course set-up to CEO duties | Golf Channel Beginning with this year’s championship at Pebble Beach, USGA CEO Mike Davis is voluntarily stepping away from his longtime lead role in setting up the golf course at U.S. Opens. Good move. Let a guy focus mostly on this, not being CEO and also doing the grunt work of course setup. I'm sure Mike Davis will still have a lot of input, he just won't be the point man in charge.
  14. https://www.usga.org/content/dam/usga/pdf/2017/rules-modernization/downloadable-material/Certain Topics or Proposals Not Addressed in the Proposed New Rules of Golf for 2019.pdf That may be one of the easiest to read and best documents out there. It casually bats away a number of assorted complaints and things about "why didn't they change this" or "why can't I drop from a divot hole," etc. I encourage everyone to take ten minutes to read it.
  15. Update (9-19-18): https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=153511775654 <---- Visit that URL and complete the survey, please! http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/advancing-the-game/distance-insights.html Many of you have shared their feedback here (the topic below), but the USGA is courting it at the URL above: Have at it! The USGA and The R&A Launch Golf's Global Distance Insights Project LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. USA AND ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (May 15, 2018) - The United States Golf Association (USGA) and The R&A have launched a comprehensive project to a
  16. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/this-latest-usga-equipment-decision-might-bring-artificial-intelligence-closer-to-competition The title is "This latest USGA equipment decision might bring artificial intelligence closer to competition" Arccos (and eventually, GAME GOLF) has a "virtual caddy" system that can tell you what club to hit and where to hit it. I don't think the USGA is saying that's allowed. If I read the Golf Digest story, it reads to me that the ability to tell you the yardage is allowed (it's the same as a GPS app)… but the article is written very confusingly. I don
  17. Joint Statement Regarding Green-Reading Materials May 1, 2017 The R&A and the USGA believe that a player's ability to read greens is an essential part of the skill of putting. Rule 14-3 limits the use of equipment and devices that might assist a player in their play, based on the principle that golf is a challenging game in which success should depend on the judgement, skills and abilities of the player. We are concerned about the rapid development of increasingly detailed materials that players are using to help with reading greens during a round. We are reviewing the use of the
  18. http://www.golfdigest.com/story/usga-executive-director-says-variable-distance-ball-could-be-part-of-golfs-future First… Then… Now, I don't see that happening, either. Why would the players voluntarily accept a limited distance golf ball, and how would that even work - the USGA has a list of approved golf balls. Also… reduced distance balls will not affect everyone equally. Some players will lose more distance relative to others given different launch conditions, some will have a harder time with the change in spin, etc.
  19. I am just using the language from the USGA question, and posting it here for discussion. I added the "In tournament play" precursor, though, because it's like the USGA/R&A don't consider what virtually everyone already does this in casual/recreational play. So… answer as if you're playing in your club championship or something, not about what you'd do in casual play. This is the type of rules change that could still make it into the 2019 Rules of Golf. So, let's discuss it. I voted as you can see above. Most of the time, OB is in a bad area, and I'd rather take my chan
  20. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. What is this portion? It's the other proposed changes that didn't make the list of "bigger" changes, like… 10.2B(3) What's 10.2B(3)? Well… http://www.usga.org/content/dam/usga/pdf/2017/rules-modernization/rules-and-definitions-2019.pdf says: YAY! I've been on that one for awhile now. That topic was from 2015, but I'd been in favor of something like that for a long time before that.
  21. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Player Behavior Expected Standards of Player Conduct Code of Player Conduct Elimination of the Requirement to Announce the Player's Intent to Lift a Ball Reasonable Judgment in Estimating and Measuring
  22. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. When to Play During a Round Encouraging Prompt Pace of Play Maximum Score Form of Stroke Play
  23. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Equipment Use of Clubs Damaged During Round Adding Clubs to Replace a Club Damaged During Round Use of Distance-Measuring Devices
  24. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Areas of the Course When to Replace a Ball That Moves on the Putting Green Repairing Damage on the Putting Green Touching Line of Play on a Putting Green Ball Played From Green Hits Unattended Flagstick in Hole Areas the Committee May Mark as Penalty Areas Touching or Moving Loose Impediments or Touching the Ground in a Penalty Area Expanded Use of Red-Marked Penalty Areas Elimination of Opposite Side Relief for Red Penalty Areas Moving or Touching Loose Impediments or Touc
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