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Forum Thread of the Day: “Could/should Augusta National apply a local rule to ban players leaving the flagstick in the hole?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from herdman, who asks fellow GolfWRX members whether Augusta National may choose to implement a rule against allowing players to putt with the flagstick in the hole at this year’s Masters Tournament. A lively discussion has followed with plenty of our members making some strong cases for and against leaving the flagstick in the hole at the year’s first major.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • bkloess: “With how fast those greens roll, for sure they would want that rule lifted for the tournament. Will the PGA change it for the Masters though? I doubt it. It would set a precedent. You can’t have a series of rules changed just for the majors and not the other tournaments.”
  • new2g0lf: “I was under impression local rules can be applied in the absence of USGA rules on a topic but can’t supersede existing rules. That’s why clubs and Tours can specify dress codes, restrict the use of golf carts or define their own course markings but they cannot change existing rules. In the case of the flagstick, the rule is written so that it’s the golfers decision to leave the flag in or out prior to making a stroke but permits and recognizes both methods, so I’m not sure if it’s a violation of the rules for a tournament committee to remove the option. “
  • widow-maker: “What would make anyone think that Augusta National members would move away from the Rules of Golf? Their membership is a microcosm of USGA deportment. I would think that most of them are in lockstep with the changes, and some of their members were probably part of the Rules Committee that instituted the changes. By the time the Masters arrives, people won’t be talking about the rules changes much at all because everybody will be used to them.”
  • J13: “Augusta will have high CT pins so players will take them out.”

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  1. Dave r

    Feb 9, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Really. Why not just play golf . And don’t take six hours to do it. Remember the crowds oops I mean the patrons do not like slow play.

  2. dixiedoc

    Feb 8, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    How ridiculous. Maybe they could let them use long putters or bring back the British ball. Just play the game.

  3. Pelling17

    Feb 8, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    “The PGA” has nothing to do with running The Masters. First, let’s see Trump’s taxes, then change the drop from the knee, third, eliminate Bryson DeChambeau from the field.

  4. Art Williams

    Feb 8, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Augusta National should not apply a “local rule” to stop the leaving of the pin in when putting at the Master’s. A rule is a rule. Adhere to it. I actually think I’ll enjoy watching this play out.

  5. Walter

    Feb 8, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    So what makes Augusta so special that they think they can change the rules the way they want to. Sorry they aren’t the golden child of the golf world, they’re just another gold course run by some stuck-up old dudes who think their sh!t don’t stink.

  6. Truman

    Feb 8, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I would hope Augusta National would play by the rules.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jjfcpa who asks fellow members what their preferred choice of club is when their ball is in thick rough. A variety of irons and hybrids are mentioned by our members who delve into the discussion of course management.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • RainShadow: “For me, that sot would be a 7 iron, open the face a little and play a runner up to the front of the green. Open face will help a bit with getting stuck in the grass.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “Club choice depends on whether you’re willing to accept a bogey or whether you insist on making double.”
  • ChipNRun: “I would try a hinge and hold action. Take a half swing with plenty of hinge action and punch down on the ball with limited follow-through. Use the big muscles of the shoulders – you don’t want to hurt yourself trying to muscle it. Probably choose something between a PW and a 7i. You’ll need to hold firmly with L hand, so the grass doesn’t wrap around the hosel and deloft the club face.”
  • kcd38: “If it is 200 plus from the green and a decent lie, hybrid. If it is less than 200 from the green and sunk down a little, I usually go with my 8 iron and play the face slightly open knowing the grass will grab the hosel and shut the face. Definitely need some speed to get out of the thick stuff.”

Entire Thread: “Ball in the thick rough – what club to use?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Pat Perez loses his head on the range”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Yanki01 who showcased a bizarre incident on the range at Bethpage Black. Hitting a drive, Pat Perez sees his driver head fly off, and our members have been discussing the incident as well as Perez’ priceless reaction.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MidWestGolfBum: “The look of pure confusion from PP made that all the better. Just looks back with a “well, now what” type expression.”
  • dirt nasty: “Its more fun when you have to get the entire range to stop hitting balls so you can go fetch it.”
  • thevaporz: “It happens to everyone! I had to do that once. Also had a buddy new to the game let go of and fling his driver completely over the left side range netting into a tall tree. Going, going, gone! We couldn’t stop laughing after that one. Maintenance crew got it down for him a few days later. This game is awesome.”

Entire Thread: “Pat Perez loses his head on the range”

Thread title courtesy of GolfWRX member Potatohead

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Spikeless golf shoe recommendations”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Austincountyag who is on the hunt for a pair of spikeless golf shoes. Conservative, not flashy, is what Austincountyag has stated as his preference, and our members have been giving their recommendations.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire thread and have your say at the link below.

  • 3fiddyz: “Love my Eccos but enjoying the grip of my Adidas 360 spikeless more at the moment.”
  • Rift2g: “I really enjoyed my AdiPure spikeless, I really like the boost the entire length, I wore them in the shop and the course, my dad also enjoyed his new sketchers go golf’s and said he would recommend them as well, Both around that $100 mark I believe.”
  • jwortsman: “Check out the G-Fore or G-Fore/Peter Millar collaborations. Very classic and goes with the style you’ve referenced. There are a ton of them on eBay right now. They’re very comfortable and offer great traction. Biggest complaint is that they pick up everything, but keep a solid grip.”
  • farmer: “Ecco’s. I have owned several pairs of True’s, and after the originals, each generation was successively less comfortable. No experience with Puma, except for socks, which are excellent.”

Entire Thread: “Spikeless golf shoe recommendations”

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