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  1. 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 analyze distance in golf and gather perspectives from the worldwide golf community. The Distance Insights project will examine distance through a multi-pronged approach that includes global stakeholder engagement, third-party data review and primary research. Focus groups and discussion forums will play an important role in the project, to secure a broad range of perspectives throughout golf. Beginning today, anyone interested in the topic can provide feedback by visiting usga.org/distanceinsights or randa.org/distanceinsights or by emailing either association directly. “The topic of increased distance and its effects on the game have been discussed for well over a century. We believe that now is the time to examine this topic through a very wide and long lens, knowing it is critical to the future of the game,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “We look forward to delving deeply into this topic and learning more, led by doing right by golf, first and foremost.” Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “Distance in golf is a complex issue which is widely debated at all levels of the sport. It is important that we collate all of the relevant data and hear the many different perspectives on this issue that exist in the international golf community. We intend to conduct this process openly, comprehensively and promptly and will work with all of the key stakeholders to ensure we have a fully rounded view of distance and its implications.” Stakeholder groups invited to participate in the project include amateur and professional golfers, worldwide professional golf tours, golf course owners and operators, golf equipment manufacturers, golf course architects, golf course superintendents and others. Among the many topics to be explored, the organizations will seek distance-related data on pace of play, golf course construction and maintenance practices, the evolution of equipment, golf course design and player enjoyment and participation. The USGA and The R&A will engage various golf industry stakeholders through 2018, with plans to deliver a report in 2019.
  2. 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 these materials to assess whether any actions need to be taken to protect this important part of the game. We expect to address this matter further in the coming months. FWIW I think they're talking about stuff like this… Edit (2018-10-15): The final "rules" are out:
  3. My shoulder isn't 100% and it's going to rain, but f*** it I'm going golfing tomorrow.

    1. nevets88

      nevets88

      Go for it!

  4. Golf Channel is teasing the heck out of something this morning. What is it? Is it about 18-2? Something else? Why do it after one year? So it is about 18-2. :sigh: In 2017 they're creating a local rule when a ball "accidentally" moves on the putting green. If wind or something else moves it, you still play it from the new position. So did Dustin cause his ball to move? They would still say yes, just accidentally. Had he played it from the new position he'd have still been liable for a penalty. I don't like adding this as a local rule. Is it a stopgap until 2018? It's very unusual.
  5. 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't understand how the recommendation "off the tee" is legal (but for an approach shot, it's not?) because "those recommendations can be made before a round begins." What about on the second tee? The round has already begun. It then goes on to say: But that's what the caddy does: offer club selection information/advice. It later adds: Okay… so that means it can't say "you're hitting your clubs shorter today, so instead of a 7-iron here, hit a 6-iron." Fine. That's easy enough. So… Is the "ruling" basically saying the Virtual Caddie, before you begin your round, can make a recommendation for what you should hit off each of the 18 tees before your round? I.e. it can't use information "live" from that round, and it's basically published "before" your round and doesn't change. If so, big whoop. Who cares about that? That's not a "virtual caddy." That's just a tiny bit of pre-planning, and for all you know the course is playing softer or firmer or the wind is in a different direction that day. Am I reading that right? Or did I miss something? The headline and the writeup are not very well done, IMO.
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. 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…
  9. nevets88

    2016 US Amateur Discussion Thread

    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
  10. 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:
  11. 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. Note: an embedded ball must be denting the soil somewhat. A ball that's buried in the rough isn't necessarily embedded.
  12. 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
  13. iacas

    USGA Pace of Play Survey

    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.
  14. boogielicious

    What is the best rule in golf?

    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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