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I wasn’t ready for the 2019 Rules of Golf

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We weren’t ready. We thought we were, but we weren’t.

For the last year, the USGA reminded us that in 2019 Rules of Golf were coming, but we didn’t listen. We heard the flag stick could remain in and we heard that you could take a penalty drop from knee-height.

But we didn’t listen.

I bet none of you have even practiced using your putter to flatten the entire green between your ball and the cup. You can do that now.

I’m also sure that you and I will continue to hover our club in all hazards, er, penalty areas. Yeah, we’re calling it a penalty area now.

The USGA went to the extreme depths of changing words all to simplify the game for you.

I don’t think the USGA listened either.

The rule changes were intended to speed up play and simplify golf for amateurs. Seems like a good idea. In turn, they may have bamboozled the PGA Tour while confusing the only amateurs who kind-of, sort-of knew the rules.

The pros didn’t need a new rule book, the amateurs just needed a simple one.

Us “locals” as the USGA refers to amateurs, do have one extremely fluid perk. When hitting a ball OB, or following a lost ball, you can drop with a two-stroke penalty instead of walking back to the tee. This of course, is dependent on your course, head professional, tournament conditions, and other factors including and not limited to what phase the moon is in.

If that’s somewhat confusing, read up, ask about your local rules, and buy a few extra sleeves. Reason being, in 2019, the limit on searching for a golf ball has been cut from five to three minutes.

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But wait, there’s good news.

Thanks to the USGA, if you accidentally move your ball as you frantically high-step through fescue, it’s no longer a penalty! What an exciting 180 seconds that will be!

If you somehow don’t find your golf ball in the hazard penalty area, the USGA tried to help us out, which they did, yet regrettably took away a more iconic portrait on the golf course.

The rigid, stoic stance and forceful drop of a ball at shoulder-height.

And we let it happen.

Now, we’ll watch a defeated man deliberately bend to his knees and gingerly drop his ball…Which, by the way, appears to be a convenient way for cheaters to “take a drop” that ideally doubles as “identifying my first ball”.

Don’t even get me started on the back issues this could flare up.

We heard in late 2018 that Bryson DeChambeau would use the flagstick when the odds were in his favor. He even laid it out simply for us.

“It depends on the COR, the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick.”

Simple.

We didn’t listen Bryson, we didn’t believe. We also have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about.

But hey, as Bryson would say, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Yeah, he’d clearly never say that, but here’s to hoping!

We heard he would do it, but we didn’t believe it. We had to see to believe. What we saw was DeChambeau first in strokes gained putting in the very first round he was allowed to do it.

Obviously, this trend will continue for DeChambeau, and others may join in, because what is golf if not a constant chase for a marginally better opportunity at success.

Watch your back, because those others that may join in could be closer than you think. You may turn around to find a fellow member asking for the flag on their next 12-footer.

It should be a fun year of commentary and confusion at your local club and on the PGA tour. Professionals will have constant questions for rules officials, and commentators will consistently question Bryson’s methods.

There is one real question I hope is answered this April.

What will we do when Bryson banks in a downhill putt at No. 2 of Augusta?

Will we be ready? Will Augusta?

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Former mediocre High School Golfer. Proud Penn State alum. Fluctuate between being an excellent ball striker and absolute hack. Currently living in Pittsburgh, Pa. and missing clutch 5-footers. When I’m not missing putts, I’m working to help great companies hire IT talent. Worked at Golf Galaxy growing up and never convinced them to actually carry left-handed clubs. Enjoy the lighter side of golf and making fun of myself, and the embarrassing things we all do related to this moronic/beautiful game. Connect with me on Twitter and Instagram @NotTheFakeG. Not Facebook though, that’s moving a little quick for me.

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  1. Keith Panco

    Jan 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I like to putt out with the flag in while my playing partners are plumb bobbing their 30 footers.

  2. Justin C

    Jan 15, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    First tourney this week and no confusions on rules yet. However, one playing partner should have left the pin on one shot. Would’ve helped out for sure

  3. Central Oregon Golf

    Jan 15, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    What about a triple hit? Or perhaps a hit that you “juggle” the ball all the way to the hole with multiple hits from the initial one? Hole-in-one?

  4. Tiger Noods

    Jan 15, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Put it in.

    Pull it out.

    Put it back in.

    Doesn’t matter for me.

    Go ahead and leave it out.

    Wait, I want it in for this short one…

    The pin thing is INSANE.

  5. Fail

    Jan 15, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    I had a long putt the other day, on a bumpy green, about 30 feet.
    Do you know what I did?
    Purposefully patted down and fixed every little divot and spike mark I saw from the ball to the cup.
    Probably even fixed ones that I wouldn’t even come close to rolling by, it looked like I might.
    Do you know how long it took?
    3 minutes.
    Nobody told me to hurry up or counted the time limit. Because there isn’t one. It’s not like I was looking for my ball.
    Not helping with pace of play at all, USGA. I bet you didn’t think about that.

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at seven of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx.

Let’s get to it then, here are seven of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Here are some very cool and exotic putter covers from designer, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Michael Martinez.

An exciting project from Clay Long Design.

An anxiety-filled weekend moment for many GolfWRXers I feel…

Embrace Putters recently put together this sick Military Themed Bettinardi BB1 on request.

“Bombs Away” headcovers from Dormie Workshop.

Hello friends.

Pure Platinum Nike AirMax 1 G Golf Shoes. Any takers?

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (3.21.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at seven of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx.

Let’s get to it then, here are seven of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Some big claims are coming in concerning The ATTAS Shaft.

The party may be over for 2019, but this is still a pretty fun Mardi Gras themed Squareback putter.

More Swagtastic gear from, well, Swag.

Well, what do we have here, Tyson Lamb?

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One for the gamblers out there. A dizzying, intricately designed wedge from Royalty Sports. Worth quite a bit too…

The St. Patrick’s Day festival doesn’t stop over at Lucky Wedges, who are taking more orders for these beauties.

Fans of Ben Hogan Golf will likely be loving their BHM01 putters, while the putter covers look a delight too!

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (3.20.19)

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Happy hump day GolfWRXers! In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at seven of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us along @golfwrx.

Let’s get to it then, here are seven of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Ryan spent his time wisely in woodwork class in 1998, creating this sick Bespoke Scotty Cameron Newport Prototype putter. It may not work so good, but it looks the part.

Kanye at the Masters. My new favorite hype video for the year’s first major.

It looks like Dustin Johnson is the latest addition to add SuperSpeed to his game. The guy could do with a bit more ball speed and distance to be fair.

One for the Tyson Lamb lovers out there.

And the company also have these nice putter covers coming out today. Just in case you need that positive affirmation on the greens.

Dormie Workshops new Spring/Summer head cover collections include these beauties.

As far as surprises go on the golf course, this is up there. Although one Instagram member/undercover USGA rules official had this to say on the romantic moment: “Isn’t that a one-stroke penalty for assistance with lining up?”

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She’ll always remember that shot!!

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Love the look of these custom copper divot repair tools from Pine Curtain Customs, which can be customized with either your initials or a design.

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