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Putting with a seven iron


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#1 MarcellusW

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 02:51 PM

One of my friends got angry at his putter and started using his 7-iron to putt.  When someone suggested it was a rules violation, I told him it was not, but the management might get angry if they saw him doing it because he could accidentally damage the green.

Overly picky or no?


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Posted 03 May 2011 - 02:54 PM

You can putt with any club, although a 7 iron would not be a good choice.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 02:56 PM

You can use whatever club you like to putt with. Just ask Ben Crenshaw or Paul Azinger. If you are causing undue damage to the green in the process, the course would be justified in asking you to leave.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 06:51 PM

I would think the only effective way to putt with a 7-iron is to try to contact the ball with the leading edge of the club which would not affect the green in any way...  For the 7-iron to contact the green he would have had to be "chipping" the ball which would not only be bad etiquette, but a not very accurate way to get the ball in the hole.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:12 PM

Tell him to putt with his sand wedge or a 2-hybrid next time.  WAY more accurate than a 7-iron.


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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:15 PM

View PostMarcellusW, on 03 May 2011 - 02:51 PM, said:

One of my friends got angry at his putter and started using his 7-iron to putt.  When someone suggested it was a rules violation, I told him it was not, but the management might get angry if they saw him doing it because he could accidentally damage the green.

Overly picky or no?

NO, it's not a rules violation.  Touring pros use wedges or hybrids and woods if something happens to their putter.  Often I opt for using my LW leading edge to putt over 18 holes, as it helps to insure my putting accuracy and tempo.  You can use any club.
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:51 PM

Why not.....Tin Cup did it.................................Sorry had to....Posted Image

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 07:54 PM

As others have said, it is not agaisnt the rules and IMO not poor etiquette. After a good chip I routinely "blade" the ball into the hole using the leading edge of my wedge.  Now obviously your friend was using his iron from a considerable distance, but I believe the same logic applies.  I have seen people damage greens with putters (albeit not on purpose, but it happens I guess), so as long as it wasnt malicious... no harm, no foul.

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 12:49 PM

No rules were violated and IMO not poor etiquette either. There are been times where I've chipped out of a green side bunker and decided to use my wedge to putt the ball vs grabbing my putter. I've also have used a hybrid when just off the green in some longer cuts with a putter type stroke and just walked upto my ball after and used my hybrid to finish the ball into the hole if I was only a foot or so away.




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