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Rickie Fowler drops a deuce on the new drop rule

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Well after the issues Fowler's encountered with the new drop rules so far in 2019 (what happened at WMPO would have been the same under the old rules), he decided to poke a little fun at the new rule. I'll have to let someone else find a video or image to post as I am currently supposed to be working (oops). I'll try to explain as well as I can... Fowler - with rules official present - had to drop in the fairway and while making sure he used the proper technique "toyed" with the idea of squatting and dropping from his back side. It was a quick move and he ultimately dropped in an appropriate fashion, but I personally found it quite enjoyable to see that unfold.

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I saw one pro, I think it might have been Jason Day, get down on one knee and drop it from the raised knee. 

I also heard Bryson D. ask if he could drop from his knee while squatted down like a catcher.

BTW, I'm at work too. 

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Things to note: Skratch is a product of the PGA Tour. They'll take the views, monetize it, and then fine Rickie for the drop:

 

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I highly expect, he'll receive some sort of fine or harsh words for that. I will also be surprised if he doesn't issue a statement saying that he shouldn't have done that, but I'm glad he did. It was well worth it for entertainment value.

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as far as I'm aware it must be from the height your knee would be in a standing position, squatting lowers that height.

so technically you can squat as long as the knee is at the same standing height.

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Seems like the drop would be perfectly acceptable if he just went down a little further...

From the USGA wesbite:

New Rule: Players continue to drop a ball when taking relief, but the dropping procedure is changed in several ways as detailed in Rule 14.3:

  • How a ball may be dropped is simplified; the only requirement is that the ball be let go from knee height so that it falls through the air and does not touch any part of the player’s body or equipment before it hits the ground.
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3 minutes ago, perseveringgolfer said:

as far as I'm aware it must be from the height your knee would be in a standing position, squatting lowers that height.

so technically you can squat as long as the knee is at the same standing height

There is an illustration in the rules that illustrates this very clearly, showing a player squatting.  You can squat, as long as you DROP from the height your knee is when standing.  You can kneel on both knees, as long as you drop from that height.  You can lay down, and reach upwards to the correct drop height.  And yes, you can drop between your legs, as Rickie demonstrated.  

Actually, I'm glad he's having some fun with it.  He did say it "looks silly", and I didn't really agree with him until I saw that video clip.  

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This is a great way for Rickie to use some humor to poke at the penalty he received last week.

If Rickie is fined for this, but Bryson is not for damaging the practice green last week, then the tour has their priorities messed up.

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2 hours ago, TR1PTIK said:

I highly expect, he'll receive some sort of fine or harsh words for that. I will also be surprised if he doesn't issue a statement saying that he shouldn't have done that, but I'm glad he did. It was well worth it for entertainment value.

 

6 minutes ago, palvord said:

This is a great way for Rickie to use some humor to poke at the penalty he received last week.

If Rickie is fined for this, but Bryson is not for damaging the practice green last week, then the tour has their priorities messed up.

Did I miss something as the clip @GolfSpy MPR posted shows a bit of fun then a legal drop.

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13 minutes ago, perseveringgolfer said:

 

Did I miss something as the clip @GolfSpy MPR posted shows a bit of fun then a legal drop.

Agreed. I think Rickie is having a bit of fun. And if that causes him to be fined, as was suggested as a possibility, I think the tour is out of line.

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Agreed. I think Rickie is having a bit of fun. And if that causes him to be fined, as was suggested as a possibility, I think the tour is out of line.


If they fine him... good grief.
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I saw him messing around with drop and thought it was hilarious!  With all the statues and vanilla-ness out on tour,  Rickie made me laugh. This was a fun poke at the rules.  The rules will soon become 2nd nature.  Hard to change something you have done for the better part of your life.  I do wish it was knee and above or knee to waist.  

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I sincerely hope he doesn't get fined, but given how much attention has been paid to the USGA over the 2019 rules changes and the TOUR's relationship with the USGA it's not completely out of reach. We've seen people get hit for some weird and stupid things in the past. It all depends on how the TOUR views it.

https://www.thoughtco.com/weird-golf-penalties-4140287

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So do we think this one will get reworked next rules change? I mean the shoulder height thing is just second nature now. That behind the back one really baffled me, this one is just funny how much attention it is getting.

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18 minutes ago, Shankster said:

So do we think this one will get reworked next rules change? I mean the shoulder height thing is just second nature now. That behind the back one really baffled me, this one is just funny how much attention it is getting.

I'm not sure they couldn't with as much negative press as they've received over it. Even the R&A has come out and admitted that the new rules aren't working out as well as they'd hoped.

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False advertising with the headline...I really expected much worse.


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Just let them place it and get on with it - if pace of play is the concern.

If not everyone will adjust to it.


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False advertising with the headline...I really expected much worse.


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I thought the same thing when I saw the header


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This is a pretty lousy reaction. Other sports change, or modify rules, all the time, and players adjust. In my playing time, this is the third way to drop. No big deal, I'll just drop the way the rules say to drop. I really can't believe these world class players are having such an issue with bending a bit. I guess this might take their ability to place a ball after a drop rolls away. Time to act like a big boy, Rickie!

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Just a question on the provocation side of the rule.....

 

New Rule: Players continue to drop a ball when taking relief, but the dropping procedure is changed in several ways as detailed in Rule 14.3:

  • How a ball may be dropped is simplified; the only requirement is that the ball be let go from knee height so that it falls through the air and does not touch any part of the player’s body or equipment before it hits the ground.

 

 

If i squat and drop it at bent knees height,  they can´t actually say i´m wrong !?!? I Know it´s pushing the common sense but i would like to see the arguments.

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