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Rickie Fowler considers a new drop technique that is a wonder to behold

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Rickie Fowler may have gotten hit with a penalty for an improper drop last week in Mexico, but the 30-year-old wasn’t about to make the same mistake today during his opening round at the Honda Classic.

Though that news may not surprise you, the technique he considered using to execute the drop more than likely will.

Fowler ultimately elected to take a more conventional route to dropping the ball after conferring with a rules official.

You can see the full scene play out in the video below from Skratch.

Following his penalty for his illegal shoulder-height drop at the WGC-Mexico, Fowler called the rule change “terrible,” and one that he believes will “definitely get changed” in the future.

If he felt he didn’t go far enough in those remarks, Fowler has certainly made it clear how he feels about the rule now.

 

 

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Glenn

    Mar 7, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Ricky is awesome. A true gent with a good sense of humour. Plays at a great pace. Never whines or loses his cool when things don’t go well. He has been through a ton in his career. One of my favorites to watch. Anybody who wants to take a shot at him for his gesture needs to lighten up. Its OK to have a laugh once in a while. Ricky took his lumps (and dumps) and moved on. You all should too.
    The rule is another debate.

    • Chuck

      Mar 11, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      Rickie’s whole point — his whole purpose — was to ridicule the USGA.

      So I abso-freaking-lutley regard Rickie as totally fair game for ridicule himself, since this is the posture that RICKIE has taken.

      And more than anything, if there is a meeting between the USGA, and Fowler, and Justin Thomas and any others, PLEASE let it be broadcast live on Golf Channel, because I really want to watch the two millennials take on the best Rules experts in the USGA.

  2. joro

    Mar 6, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Be careful Ricky, the Ball was a couple of inches above your knees.

  3. Tom

    Mar 6, 2019 at 12:47 am

    USGA pulled these new rules out of their ashes, so Rickey’s drop is perfect response.

  4. Tom

    Mar 4, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Gianni, “World’s Strongest Man” contestant.

  5. Dave

    Mar 3, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Haha! This brought the ninnies out for sure. Gave me a good laugh. A bunch of people will want to turn this into hearings and a penalty… Whatever you do, don’t watch Caddyshack…

  6. Happy Duffer

    Mar 2, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Pointless and childish… failure to launch once again. If he wanted to make a point he has ample opportunity to do so where he would be taken seriously… no one is going to take this nonsense seriously or care that he did it.

  7. Mike

    Mar 2, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Ricky ‘the athlete’ can’t bend at the waist and drop the ball? How does he was his toes in the shower?

  8. Jon G

    Mar 1, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Your sponsors and the 1st Tee thank you Ricky ir growing the game. Now kids will follow you childish behavior. You need to grow up and not be the poster child for stupidity. You dishonor the game.

  9. Rewp

    Mar 1, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Lol, everyone in panic about new drop rule. Same thing happened when changed from over shoulder behind u to drop from shoulder height.
    It’s changed to make it easier for the amateur, but a few immature pros are bitching and complaining. So let’s take away caddies, yardage books, etc, lol, I can hear the pros leaving the tour… Lol

    • JT

      Mar 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      I believe your comment is tongue in cheek, but leave the tour? they (the vocal pro’s) play a game for a living. a rather good living at that. no matter how much they dislike the rule changes, whine and moan, at the end of the day, they aren’t leaving the tour.

  10. N D Boondocks

    Mar 1, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Just adjust the rule to ‘between knee height and shoulder height’. There… fixed.

    No, wait, who’s height are we talking about? Maybe that means Michael Jordan’s knee drop will still be higher than my shoulder drop.

    Only way to relly fix this… tape measures. 18.375 inches ought to make everybody happy. Whew!

  11. Greg

    Mar 1, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    I feel this rule is an improvement over the shoulder height drop, it will just take a while to set in that’s all. All of us have had to drop from shoulder height before and the results can be disastrous. You drop it and it rolls into a divot or it gets buried in the high rough. The new way ensures you will most likely get a favorable lie since you are basically placing the ball gently down. My issue is that the rule should be that you can take either a shoulder height or knee height drop, whatever you desire.

  12. Mike Cleland

    Mar 1, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Good for Rickie! Someone needs to start making fun of these stupid new rules & the even stupider clowns that keep making them. The blue blazers aren’t happy unless they are on the front page of every golf event & won’t be satisfied until everyone is required to carry a an attorney or two in their group to interpret some rule on every hole.

    • joe

      Mar 2, 2019 at 7:24 am

      a ridiculous comment for sure. how hard is it for these “athletes” to bend at the waste and drop the ball? Really….

      Fowler had a brain fart and he’s trying to blame someone else. It’s just sad.

  13. Chuck

    Mar 1, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Was this a PGA Tour event? Or was it a new season of “Jackass”?

  14. HKO

    Mar 1, 2019 at 2:44 am

    finally the terminology ‘drop’ in the game of golf makes sudden sense. now, #whysoserious ppl ? he shall still stay young and witty even after y’all are dead rotten still loud whiny from the graveyards.

  15. Christopher

    Feb 28, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Rickie’s new technique would be legal wouldn’t it? His lower legs where straight and the ball was level with his knees. There’s nothing in the rules that objects to this.

    I think all PGA players should adopt this until they change such a ridiculous rule change. I think players should be able to place the ball on the fairway and drop the ball from shoulder height for everywhere else.

    Surprised he played his shot in Mexico before a player/official told him to drop correctly.

  16. Matthew Schulze

    Feb 28, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    If we can’t mock superfluous rule changes in ridiculous ways, what do we have left?

  17. BJ

    Feb 28, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

    You guys are funny. Come to work with me for a day….Then youll understand how not serious this is, have some perspective.

    Your b!tching about nothing

  18. John

    Feb 28, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    My take…grow up! I will say that I think that the drop rule should be, “No higher than the waist, no lower than the knee.” But to go through all these machinations just seems childish IMHO.

    • A. Commoner

      Feb 28, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Absolutely agree! Brainless behavior.

    • La

      Mar 1, 2019 at 1:07 am

      John,
      Again, you misunderstand the new rules.
      Once you drop from the knee height and it only rolls a few inches, there is no re-drop with most situation on flatter lies, so it eliminates the need to drop again and then a placement thereafter if the ball bounces away a few feet.
      With the old shoulder-height drop, too many times it ended up with a placing of the ball, which took the extra minute or so that the new drop rule saves.

      • Jake 2

        Mar 1, 2019 at 1:46 pm

        But I was told by a tour player the reason they like the old rule is that it is much more likely that they will get to place the ball as opposed to the new rule.

    • Jose Pinatas

      Mar 1, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      Jesus H dude. Take a joke. Rickie gonna be Rickie, and if you don’t like it, don’t watch. Deal with him acting how he want’s, he is a grown ass man. If it obides by the current USGA rules and guys wanna drop nuggets like turds between their legs that’s their choice.

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GolfWRXers Vote: Best U.S. Open venue showdown

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Following on from our Golf Movie Madness contest which saw GolfWRXers vote “Caddyshack” the best golf film ever, we thought it was time to up the ante and find out the GolfWRX consensus on one of the more debated subjects in golf—U.S. Open host venues.

We’re matching off the last 16 U.S. Open venues to find out what GolfWRXers think is the ultimate U.S. Open course.

As with our Golf Movie Madness contest, we’ll leave voting open for 48 hours for the first eight head-to-heads. At that time, we’ll determine the winners and matchups for the next four games.

So get voting below and let’s find out who GolfWRXers crown as the ultimate U.S. Open course!

 

*Years hosted, winners and avg. winning score from 1950 onwards*

Game 1

Pebble Beach

  • Years Hosted: 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, 2010, 2019
  • Winners: Nicklaus (+2), Watson (-6), Kite (-3), Woods (-12), McDowell (E), Woodland (-13)
  • Avg. winning score: -5.33

Torrey Pines SC

  • Years Hosted: 2008
  • Winners: Woods (-1)
  • Avg. winning score: -1

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Oakland Hills SC

  • Years Hosted: 1951, 1961, 1985,1996
  • Winners: Hogan (+7), Littler (+1), North (-1), Jones (-2)
  • Avg. winning score: +1.25

Winged Foot GC

  • Years Hosted: 1959, 1974, 1984, 2006
  • Winners: Casper (+2), Irwin (+7), Zoeller (-7), Ogilvy (+5)
  • Avg. winning score: +1.75

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Chambers Bay

  • Years Hosted: 2015
  • Winners: Spieth (-5)
  • Avg. winning score: -5

Baltusrol GC

  • Years Hosted: 1954, 1967, 1980, 1993
  • Winners: Furgol (+4), Nicklaus (-5), Nicklaus (-8), Janzen (-8)
  • Avg. winning score: -4.25

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Pinehurst Resort (No 2.)

  • Years Hosted: 1995, 2005, 2014
  • Winners: Stewart (-1), Campbell (E), Kaymer (-9)
  • Avg. winning score: -3.33

Olympic Club

  • Years Hosted: 1955, 1966, 1987, 1998, 2012
  • Winners: Fleck (+7), Casper (-2), Simpson (-3), Janzen (E), W. Simpson (+1)
  • Avg. winning score: +0.75

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Oakmont CC

  • Years Hosted: 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007, 2016
  • Winners: Hogan (-5), Nicklaus (-1), Miller (-5), Nelson (-4), Els (-5), Cabrera (+5), Johnson (-4)
  • Avg. winning score: -2.71

Bethpage Black

  • Years Hosted: 2002, 2009
  • Winners: Woods (-3), Glover (-4)
  • Avg. winning score: -3.5

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Southern Hils CC

  • Years Hosted: 1958, 1977, 2001
  • Winners: Bolt (+3), Green (-2), Goosen (-4)
  • Avg. winning score: -1

Olympia Fields CC

  • Years Hosted: 2003
  • Winners: Furyk (-8)
  • Avg. winning score: -8

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Merion GC

  • Years Hosted: 1950, 1971, 1981, 2013
  • Winners: Hogan (+7), Trevino (E), Graham (-7), Rose (+1)
  • Avg. winning score: (+0.25)

Erin Hills

  • Years Hosted: 2017
  • Winners: Koepka (-16)
  • Avg. winning score: -16

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Congressional CC

  • Years Hosted: 1964, 1997, 2011
  • Winners: Venturi (-2), Els (-4), McIlroy (-16)
  • Avg. winning score: -7.33

Shinnecock Hills GC

  • Years Hosted: 1986, 1995, 2004, 2018
  • Winners: Floyd (-1), Pavin (E), Goosen (-4), Koepka (+1)
  • Avg. winning score: -1

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.3.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some 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 six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Arriving today from Sugar Skull Golf.

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Our Johnny Wunder showing off his very impressive skills.

Chicago mallet putter covers from Cayce Golf.

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

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National Golf Foundation’s nationwide course surveys show human and business impacts Coronavirus has had on golf

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National Golf Foundation

The National Golf Foundation has conducted multiple surveys to study both the human and business impacts that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to have on the game of golf.

Amongst their findings, the NGF found that based on phone surveys for over 1,000 golf facilities, 74% of in-season golf courses remain open despite the current Coronavirus pandemic. (As of March 27)

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The organization also revealed that there is a temporary golf course closure in the following states – Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusettes, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

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From a golf business standpoint, the NGF asked the ‘Top 100 businesses in golf’ how the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus had affected their business – with 23% saying severely, and 42% saying significantly.

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The consumer perspective has also changed dramatically due to the pandemic. The NGF’s findings show that while previously the situation had not had an impact on consumer’s golf equipment purchase decisions, the research now shows that the vast majority are now delaying any golf equipment spending.

Check out all the findings from the NGF’s research here at thengfq.com/covid-19.

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