From_Parts_Unknown, on 10 October 2017 - 09:01 AM, said:
I'm so glad this atrocity is coming to light. Backstopping is becoming an epidemic in golf. Sure, it doesn't happen that often during a PGA Tour season, but where it's really bad is in 4-man Scrambles. Every Monday I see another team CHEAT by not marking their balls before their teammate hits his/her shot, thus creating a backstop. It's time to get serious people. We need to crack down on these cheaters. Just think if they are able to use that backstop to hit their shot closer to the hole! If they have any string left, it basically makes the shot good. Turrible Charles.
What's even worse is if the backstop backfires (see what I did there?), and the ball careens off the green, they can use a mulligan to replay the shot and take advantage of the backstop again. Or what if they were to win a closest to the hole using their teammates ball as a backstop. The madness has to cease. If we can't get a rule in place by the USGA, then we at least need to establish a local rule at every club for 4-man scrambles.
I'm not sure 4 man scrambles are the driving factor for USGA rule adjustments, but I could be wrong. I'm sure if they did make a rule adjustment all of those 4 man scramble teams would definitely A) actually know the rule exists and B) abide by the rule with nobody watching every hole to enforce it.
Edited by cvhookem63, 10 October 2017 - 09:05 AM.