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  1. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Ball in Motion Ball in Motion Accidentally Deflected
  2. 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
  3. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Taking Relief Measuring the Size of the Relief Area Where a Ball Must Be Dropped and Played Proposed New Procedure for Dropping a Ball Where a Dropped Ball Must Come to Rest Fixed Distance (Not Club-Lengths) Used for Measuring Time For Search Before Ball is Lost Substitution of Ball Always Allowed When Taking Relief Relief For an Embedded Ball
  4. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Ball at Rest Ball Moved During Search No Penalty for Moving Ball on the Putting Green Standard for Deciding Why a Ball Moved Replacing Ball When Original Spot is Not Known
  5. 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.
  6. As last happened in 1984, the USGA and R&A are reviewing the Rules of Golf, top to bottom, end to end, 1 through 34. They tend to do this every 25-35 years or so. They may make sweeping changes. They may decide they pretty much like them as they are. The only guiding principles are… the Principles as outlined in: So, what changes do you think they should make? Why?
  7. http://www.golfchannel.com/news/rex-hoggard/playing-percentages-tour-players-look-us-open-purse/ Uhhh, yeah. Good luck with that one, guys. I encourage those who want to respond to read the original article.
  8. I started this Blog Post a few months back, and well, have achieved my goal with 2 weeks to spare. As of Friday I will be a 2.7 handicap index (down from an 8.6 on May 1st) and I can officially submit my entry form and fee for the US Mid-AM qualifier here in Arkansas. There were 21 players in last year's qualifying event, which has a handicap cut off of 3.4. Here are the results. While shooting 69 on a super tough golf course and making it on the US Mid AM in Pennsylvania would be mind blowing, I just want to have fun and see how it goes. Ill be focused and will prep in any way pos
  9. The 30th USGA U.S. Women's Mid-Am (25+) kicks off tomorrow. I'm a rules official (tomorrow in the first stroke play round as a checkpoint official, later on walking with a group) at the championship, and today at the rules committee meeting I was the only person there without a blue blazer. Maybe mine is in the mail. At any rate… I don't expect there to be too many posts on this, but many here have played Kahkwa, and the course is in good shape (hoping it doesn't pour tomorrow), and there are some good golfers playing…
  10. Lest we forget sandwiched between the Olympics and a PGA Tour event is the US Amateur, in which a 23 man playoff for 8 spots (3 birdied in, then 4 birdied, then 1 pared) ensued in The Great Lakes State. http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/us-amateur-reaches-match-play-after-epic-23-man-playoff http://www.wxyz.com/sports/us-amateur-leader-on-oakland-hills-its-called-the-monster-for-a-reason http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golf-central-blog/us-amateur-range-no-shots-longer-240-yards/ http://www.usga.org/championships/2016/u-s--amateur/scoring.html
  11. I've got the old NBC theme going in my head, but alas, it's Fox, with its updated announcing lineup in its sophomore year. The US Open is my favorite major of the year, and it's at the venerable Oakmont CC. an added bonus, with its church pews bunkers in the great state of Pennsylvania. TV Schedule: USGA streaming: http://www.usopen.com/en_US/video/liveVideo.html Streaming schedule:
  12. http://www.golfdigest.com/story/new-usga-randa-study-finds-unremarkable-increases-in-driving-distance-on-pro-tours It looks like driving distance hasn't increases substantially over the past 13 years.
  13. I started a new topic on this based on this comment: It's interesting, if you think about it… will the USGA dictate to Fox how they screwed up and misrepresented the USGA? Would this have happened on NBC? In other words, the USGA chose FOX as their broadcast partner, and FOX - by allowing their former players turned announcers to go on for so long about how unfair things were, and to misunderstand and mis-apply the rules, certainly didn't do the USGA any favors. Will this cause a change in the way the USGA allows FOX to cover their events?
  14. Hear me out. Suppose that the Rules Official correctly (IMO) ruled that Dustin Johnson earned a penalty stroke on the 5th green for causing his ball to move. I think there is a good chance - not a certainty - that he collapses a bit and/or Lowry plays well enough at that point that the outcome changes. Maybe they tie, maybe DJ loses outright… something. Consider that DJ probably played the last 13 holes not thinking he'd be penalized because he doesn't understand the rule, and how his mind set and decisions might have changed if he had been penalized. At the time, he'd have only been
  15. So… the USGA supports and would support making the embedded ball rule offer relief through the green (basically everywhere but the green, the teeing ground of the hole you're on, and hazards and OB), but the R&A resists. Maybe in 2020 they'll change their mind a bit. Plus, as many have pointed out, it would let them remove the idea of "closely mown" grass from the Rules of Golf. Anyway, most of the time, courses and tournaments here play the embedded ball through the green as a local rule, which is allowed, but it has to be specified or it's only in closely mown areas.
  16. Now that the anchoring ban is being enforced, there have been a couple of situations on Tour that have prompted discussion. The linked article discusses those situations. I think the danger with these strokes is the fine line they create. People may not question Langer, but other lesser know players may be called out. http://www.usga.org/articles/2016/02/anchors-away-rule-14-1-b-in-action.html
  17. http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golf-central-blog/report-murphy-become-usgas-second-ever-female-president/ http://www.geoffshackelford.com/homepage/2015/11/29/usga-set-to-nominate-second-female-president-mask-nominating.html
  18. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Pace-of-playUSGA Please, everyone take that survey. Be honest. Post here when you've done so. I'll post here after I take the survey if I have any extra notes. Uhhh, okay, never mind. That was a ridiculously short survey. I voted that I would pay 25% more.
  19. We've had a lot of discussion about rules we don't like and how we would change the rules of golf. But I'd like to know what you think the best rule is golf is. I will start with a basic principle: Play the ball as it lies. It is so simple and yet causes more consternation than anything else in golf. But it is easy to apply.
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