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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.”

Entire Thread: “Could/Should Augusta National apply a local rule to ban players leaving the flagstick in the hole?”

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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. 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.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What would happen if PGA Tour players played with a $1 ball?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from BB28403 who created an interesting hypothetical scenario for our members to discuss. BB28403 asks what GolfWRX members feel would happen if half of the PGA Tour field in an event played a $1 ball, and the rest their usual premium golf balls.

Here’s a look at some of the posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MattyO1984: “Depends on the course. If they were playing on a links course, I think they could make it work. There aren’t many forced carries, and you can run the ball into the greens. I seem to remember back in the 70’s and 80’s talk of players changing when they came over for The Open for that reason. The harder ball back then would defnitely go further than the old balata’s, and they didn’t need the spin to attack the pins.”
  • TheLarch: “There would be zero lost balls.  I can lose a new PV1x in the first three holes.  A Pinnacle or Top Flite, like Geraldo Rivera, refuses to ever go away.”
  • farmer: “Given time to adapt to a Duo or Pinnacle, they would figure out a way to play.  Distance not being an issue, maybe irons with weaker lofts to come in softer, run the ball up?  Scores would probably go up, but the skill level might overcome the ball limitations.
  • GMR: “There would be a lot of shots lost around the greens.  When chipping from above the hole, there would be virtually no way to stop the ball on the firm/fast greens they play without some degree of greenside spin.  Longer hitters would be disproportionately advantaged by having shorter approaches with some prayer of actually stopping the balls on the greens by hitting high spinny (relatively) wedges into the greens.  As mentioned previously it would, of course, depend on the course setup though, as on links courses it would make very little difference given they allow you to run the ball and are generally set up with significantly slower (but still rock hard) greens.  On a typical PGA Tour setup though…forget it.”

Entire Thread: “What would happen if PGA Tour players played with a $1 ball?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from keithrichards, who is looking to add a 5-wood to his bag. Good elevation off the deck is a crucial requirement in his search, and ignoring the latest lines, our members discuss what 5-wood they believe is the best option.

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.

  • uwhockey14: “Sonartec, 19* is an awesome club with the right shaft in it. Excellent off the deck! Only 5-Wood I’ve been able to be somewhat consistent with as I played 2-Iron for years and years and struggle with hybrids!”
  • mwink822: “I like my Titleist 917 F2 from all areas (tee, fairway and rough).  The Ping G400 was also a good performer, but I hated the way it looked behind the ball.  The Callaway Steelhead XR is also a good option, but I elected not to go that avenue myself as the 5-wood has a slightly closed (to my eyes anyway) appearance at address.”
  • mowakebum: “G400 5 wood, easy to hit, put it in the bag last year and it’s in no danger of being replaced. Point and shoot full send.”
  • Mitchell: “In a 5-wood, still very difficult to beat a V steel with the appropriate shaft for your stated needs in a non-adjustable.In adjustable, the various Cobra clubs with baffler rail system would be a great place to start, f6 baffler is phenomenal out of rough.”

Entire Thread: “The hunt for the perfect 5-wood”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Danny Lee’s Mizuno MP-32 Irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Danny Lee’s Mizuno MP-32 irons, shot on the range at this week’s Genesis Open. The reaction to the irons in our forums has been one of unbridled admiration, with some of our members calling for Mizuno to reintroduce the classic clubs to the retail market, and some even suggesting Lee’s weapons may be an updated version of the club.

For more photos, make sure to check out the full forum thread here.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to join the discussion and have your say on the irons at the link below.

  • nmpete11: “I would feel guilty hitting those they are so clean.”
  • Five & Three: “What’s old is new again.  Gorgeous.”
  • Foreleft: “Even after all these years, still one of the best ever produced. Wish they would reintroduce them.”
  • SDC10: “Daaaaang Danny what are you doin’ to us!!!”

Entire Thread: “Danny Lee’s Mizuno MP 32 Irons”

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