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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: “Current best player without a major?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from buckeye440 who asks fellow members who they believe is the current best player on tour without a major who has competed in at least 20 major championships. For buckeye440, his six choices are “Rickie Fowler 0-38, Matt Kuchar 0-54, Paul Casey 0-61, Hideki Matsuyama 0-27, Marc Leishman 0-31 and Gary Woodland 0-30.” 

Our members reflect on buckeye440’s list, as well as giving their thoughts on who is most likely to break through at some stage.

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.

  • puttfordoux: “I would have to go with Kuchar. His best bet seems to be the Open where he’s played well of late. And #1 in the FedEx Cup this year.”
  • golfandfishing: “It’s Bryson DeChanbeau at the moment. Five wins since 2017 is (I think) the most of anyone on tour without a major.”
  • Hescrience: “Tony Finau. He is too close to the top in virtually every tournament. He hasn’t competed in 20 of them though. Of the people you listed, Rickie. Rickie also hasn’t won many regular tournaments either though.”
  • conrad1953: “I’d go with Rickie. He’s played well in majors; shot some low rounds and had some very high finishes in many. The way he won the Players was unbelievable; he played some astounding golf that Sunday on the back 9 and in the playoff.”

Entire Thread: “Current best player without a major?”

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Mark O’Meara’s Scotty Cameron putter”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Mark O’Meara’s Scotty Cameron flat-stick. The 62-year-old is teeing it up at the Senior PGA Championship from Oak Hill this week, and his putter has impressed our members, who in particular have praised the clean finish and sole shape of the flat-stick.

Here are what our members are saying about the putter, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • BearQ: “Clean. Love the sole.”
  • Bdmac79: “Looks similar to Tiger’s and Rickie’s with the neck placement. I would guess that he’s had it for a bit.”
  • mBiden2: “So fresh and so clean, clean!”

Entire Thread: “Mark O’Meara’s Scotty Cameron putter”

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