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  1. We're in that special hell of rules controversies with the implementation of the new Rules of Golf. There have been some growing pains with the new rules, and that has allowed the golf media to tee off on its favorite target, the USGA. Which, to be fair, can make itself an easy target: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/despite-harsh-words-from-some-tour-pros-usga-pleased-with-roll-out-of-new-rules-of-golf. That aside, I wanted to talk about the "controversy" about the knee-height drop that the Rules now require. Rickie Fowler got a one stroke penalty for dropping from shoulder height this past weekend. Cue the complaining from him: https://golfweek.com/2019/02/22/rickie-fowler-hit-with-one-shot-penalty-for-illegal-drop-at-wgc-mexico-championship/ I can forgive him - he just had a brain fart, probably didn't gain an advantage in this situation, it cost him money. I'm always annoyed when I get a penalty, personally, and it's absolutely never my fault, okay? But cue the pearl clutching from the media: https://www.golf.com/news/2019/02/25/backstopping-pro-tours-under-policed/ I'm here to tell you that this is wrong, and knee-height drops actually make a ton of sense. One of the best things the new Rules do is simplify dropping. Now, all you have to do when dropping is land the ball in the relief area (without touching you or your equipment before hitting the ground) and ensure the ball comes to rest in the relief area. If you don't do this, you have to redrop. Pretty simple. Yes, you have to figure out what your relief area is, but that's pretty simple, too. (For a fuller explanation of this, see Rule 14 and the definitions in the Rules of Golf.) The old rules were much more complex. Specifically, if your ball rolled to one of 9 areas after you dropped it, you had to redrop. For example, if your ball rolled more than 2 club lengths away from where your ball hit the ground, you had to redrop. You had to know all of these 9 areas to know if you needed to redrop or not. So, the new way is simpler, right? Instead of learning 9 different triggers for a redrop, you only have to learn 1. Great! Why am I talking about when you have to redrop? This is why we're dropping from knee height. Generally, under the new Rules, your ball cannot go as far after hitting the ground as it used to without triggering a redrop. Dropping from knee height reduces the chance that a redrop will be necessary. It also means that a ball has less of a chance of embedding in sand when you drop it. It makes a ton of sense, really. Now, you might say, that's all fine, but why not allow dropping a ball from anywhere above knee height? I think you could easily game the rules to be able to place the ball when you really want to by simply dropping from shoulder height instead of knee height. Think about dropping on a side slope, for example. You're much more likely to have to redrop and place if you drop the ball from a higher point. Sure, this is rare, but why take the chance? We're all on the same page, right? Knee-height drops make a lot of sense. (If you want to know more about the changes to dropping, this is an excellent article that talks about this in a bit more detail: https://rulesgeeks.com/2018/12/30-days-of-2019-rules-changes-day-16-procedure-for-dropping-a-ball-in-playing-it-from-a-relief-area/) Now to the point of all of this: golf media, please take 5 minutes to understand the rule before issuing a HAWT TAKE about the rule. The USGA has a one page sheet that explains the rule: http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/rules-modernization/major-changes/new-procedure-for-dropping-a-ball.html. You don't come off very well when you fail to read that. I know it's fun and easy to just mindlessly bash the USGA, but they do get things right. This is one of them. (Oh and by the way, the Rules are actually really good, as a whole. Maybe I'll talk about that in another post later.)
  2. Just answer the poll, and you must choose one or the other.
  3. I think the game would be better off. Not by a lot, but enough to notice. Less land would be required. Rounds would take about 2.5 hours. Golf would cost less. Golf would require less land. The truly dedicated could still play 24 or 36 in a day. I almost kinda wish it was 12 holes, really. Try to let go of your hold on 9 and 18… and imagine a world in which golf was 12 holes, and what that would mean.
  4. How long do you use the same ball for? Multiple holes? Multiple Rounds? Use it till you lose it? I used to lose multiple balls a round. But that is becoming less frequent. I realized today I have a ball that has been through 2 rounds. It has some minor scratches. I'll probably keep using it for now.
  5. Over the past few years I've been trying to overcome the challenges that have kept me from playing more golf. I've even gone so far as to create an app. to help me and my friends play more golf together. I'm curious about what, if anything, is preventing you from playing as much golf as you would like.
  6. When looking at PGA Tour leader boards during opening rounds of tournaments where no one has finished the round yet, I often see several players at -1, some after a couple holes, some on the back nine of their round and I wonder: Would a PGA Tour player would rather be -1 after two holes (great start) or -1 after nine holes (consistent performance with some upside potential on the back nine) during the opening round of a tournament? What do you think?
  7. I know it's winter, so there may be a lot of "dormant" choices. But I'm curious to know where everyone feels about their game. Are we generally an optimistic lot? I'd think that those who are backsliding might self-select out of joining golf forums, so we will likely see people who are on the upswing, or are content with their play.
  8. Just for fun.... Long story short: I left my Cleveland CG15 60° wedge around my CC's 9th green ~4/5 weeks ago. Figured it'd get turned in, but no luck so far. Tried to be patient, but our club's steep bunkers, firm/quick greens and tight pin placements are killing me. My 54° just isn't a match for many of them no matter how much I open it up. Today I purchased a Rotex 2.0 60° (satin, blade-style, mid-bounce - the exact equivalent of my previous 60°). Of course, the purchase guarantees that the previous wedge will be turned in to the shop, probably within 12-24 hours. Regardless, predict here what you believe the results of my first shot will be w/the new wedge. Not sure if rain will let me out tonight, but I'll post back as soon as I'm able to go out. Some pertinent general info: I'm currently a 13.2, but with lots of upside, just joined my club ~2 mos. back and getting back into playing a lot I don't take many full shots w/the 60°; it'd have to be a tight front pin ~65-70 yds Generally it's 1/2 - 2/3 pitches and lobs around the green, and the 60° is my primary bunker wedge (especially at my home club) I don't chip w/the 60°; it'd take an unusual lie and pin/green-contour situation These aren't the cavity-back Clevelands - they're blade-style. Suitable for a mid-handicapper?? Hmmm... Some pertinent info relating to each scenario: Knocked it stiff: I'm a pretty good ball striker w/my wedges relative to my handicap Buttery shank: When it happens, it happens w/my 54° & 60° (but the Cleveland wedges make it feel amazing!) Sand screamer: Rain lately has our (very treacherous!) bunkers firm at the bottoms, and I've been bouncing the edge a bit Laid sod: Very rare if in fairway or fringe, but our thick, Alabama bermuda rough around the greens will extricate your soul Feel free to present another option if you don't like mine. Be brutal if you wanna - this is intended for fun and I don't get offended! And, believe me, all options are possible! BamaWade
  9. Describe your course's handicap committee. Who are the members? Who is the chairman? Do they meet? Have you ever interacted with them? If you don't know, say that.
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