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Just a random topic but what are some rules and things you think should be changed?

 

for example: not being able to remove your ball from a divot in the fairway.

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Free drop in the fairway for tee shots that land in divot. So good it has to be mentioned twice. Absolute stupidity for penalizing a good tee shot.

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8 minutes ago, bens197 said:

Free drop in the fairway for tee shots that land in divot. So good it has to be mentioned twice. Absolute stupidity for penalizing a good tee shot.

Might as well let everyone tee it up in thre fairway too and have all fairways flat. 

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Rules?  We don't need no stinkin' rules!

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5 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Might as well let everyone tee it up in thre fairway too and have all fairways flat. 

I agree, preferred lies all year round, move it to a flat spot.  God forbid a fairway should be imperfect!

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5 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Might as well let everyone tee it up in thre fairway too and have all fairways flat. 

I agree, preferred lies all year round, move it to a flat spot.  God forbid a fairway should be imperfect!

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I think the USGA should allow solo rounds to be posted.

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29 minutes ago, dlow206 said:

I think the USGA should allow solo rounds to be posted.

I couldn’t agree more with you on this one. Golf is supposed to be a game of integrity. Players calling penalties on themselves. Sand baggers (vanity and otherwise) are going to sand bag. 

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1 hour ago, joen said:

I couldn’t agree more with you on this one. Golf is supposed to be a game of integrity. Players calling penalties on themselves. Sand baggers (vanity and otherwise) are going to sand bag. 

Sadly, the voices of the gamblers are always the loudest in handicap committee meetings, and as we all know, squeaky wheels and grease....

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I don't know but...
Personally I'd like to see "them" make a rule where you don't have to use a golf club on approach shots. Instead you simply place it on the green where you think you'd hit it. That'd be a great rule change IMO. Anyone else go for that?

Oh ya! Especially for Seniors


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Here are some rules I'd like to bend (at least) or create under specific circumstances:

  • No player should play until the players in front are out of range.
    • Unless those players are waisting time, on the phone, not letting you pass, or are your mates
  • Take your hat off in the club house
    • Only once they ban Women again! (Sarcasm) #NotAChauvinist. Seriously, this is a outdated rule.
  • ''Find it, Cut it'' should become ''find it, play it''
    • Imagine hitting a Dunlop ball sliced in half by the greenskeeper.
  • No putting on the greens of the course you're about to compete on.
    • If you have to start on Hole 289, which is 20 miles from the clubhouse, why are you not able to putt and chip a bit on Hole 288 while you wait for your flight? (Yes, I was disqualified for this rule once)

 

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Here are some rules I'd like to bend (at least) or create under specific circumstances:

  • No player should play until the players in front are out of range.
    • Unless those players are waisting time, on the phone, not letting you pass, or are your mates
  • Take your hat off in the club house
    • Only once they ban Women again! (Sarcasm) #NotAChauvinist. Seriously, this is a outdated rule.
  • ''Find it, Cut it'' should become ''find it, play it''
    • Imagine hitting a Dunlop ball sliced in half by the greenskeeper.
  • No putting on the greens of the course you're about to compete on.
    • If you have to start on Hole 289, which is 20 miles from the clubhouse, why are you not able to putt and chip a bit on Hole 288 while you wait for your flight? (Yes, I was disqualified for this rule once)

 

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12 hours ago, dlow206 said:

I think the USGA should allow solo rounds to be posted.

 

11 hours ago, joen said:

I couldn’t agree more with you on this one. Golf is supposed to be a game of integrity. Players calling penalties on themselves. Sand baggers (vanity and otherwise) are going to sand bag. 

Let's quote the Purpose of the Handicap System:

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 Its purpose is to enhance the enjoyment of the game of golf and to give as many golfers as possible the opportunity to:

Obtain and maintain a Handicap Index,
Use their Handicap Index on any golf course around the world, and
Compete, or play a casual round, with anyone else on a fair and equal basis.

Handicaps are intended to be used when playing or competing with others.  When you're playing by yourself, your handicap really doesn't matter.  Its pretty logical that the data used to compute a handicap should also consist of rounds played with or competing with others.  If your scores are the same, whether playing by yourself or playing with others, why does it matter?  And if you're consistently better one way than the other, shouldn't the scores that count for handicap calculation be the ones that are most similar to the conditions when your handicap actually matters?

I'm not worried about this one.  The elimination of "solo rounds" for handicap was the first small step towards the WHS, towards making our procedures similar to the entire rest of the world.  If there are future changes (I believe there will be), those of us in the US will see more restrictions in types of scores to be posted, not loosened restrictions.

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12 hours ago, dlow206 said:

I think the USGA should allow solo rounds to be posted.

 

11 hours ago, joen said:

I couldn’t agree more with you on this one. Golf is supposed to be a game of integrity. Players calling penalties on themselves. Sand baggers (vanity and otherwise) are going to sand bag. 

Let's quote the Purpose of the Handicap System:

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 Its purpose is to enhance the enjoyment of the game of golf and to give as many golfers as possible the opportunity to:

Obtain and maintain a Handicap Index,
Use their Handicap Index on any golf course around the world, and
Compete, or play a casual round, with anyone else on a fair and equal basis.

Handicaps are intended to be used when playing or competing with others.  When you're playing by yourself, your handicap really doesn't matter.  Its pretty logical that the data used to compute a handicap should also consist of rounds played with or competing with others.  If your scores are the same, whether playing by yourself or playing with others, why does it matter?  And if you're consistently better one way than the other, shouldn't the scores that count for handicap calculation be the ones that are most similar to the conditions when your handicap actually matters?

I'm not worried about this one.  The elimination of "solo rounds" for handicap was the first small step towards the WHS, towards making our procedures similar to the entire rest of the world.  If there are future changes (I believe there will be), those of us in the US will see more restrictions in types of scores to be posted, not loosened restrictions.

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Make ball retrievers illegal.

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Make ball retrievers illegal.

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This isn't an official rule, but I would like it if golf courses allowed more than a foursome out as a group provided they keep pace.

I have seen twosomes take an eternity compared to a group of six. 

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This isn't an official rule, but I would like it if golf courses allowed more than a foursome out as a group provided they keep pace.

I have seen twosomes take an eternity compared to a group of six. 

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2 hours ago, DaveP043 said:

 

Let's quote the Purpose of the Handicap System:

Handicaps are intended to be used when playing or competing with others.  When you're playing by yourself, your handicap really doesn't matter.  Its pretty logical that the data used to compute a handicap should also consist of rounds played with or competing with others.  If your scores are the same, whether playing by yourself or playing with others, why does it matter?  And if you're consistently better one way than the other, shouldn't the scores that count for handicap calculation be the ones that are most similar to the conditions when your handicap actually matters?

I'm not worried about this one.  The elimination of "solo rounds" for handicap was the first small step towards the WHS, towards making our procedures similar to the entire rest of the world.  If there are future changes (I believe there will be), those of us in the US will see more restrictions in types of scores to be posted, not loosened restrictions.

So maybe its just an issue that pertains to me. I just joined a club recently and I would like to participate in the more casual tournaments that they host. I currently do not have a handicap because I primarily play rounds by myself, usually after work. I occasionally play rounds with others, but not that often. None of my friends that live in my area play golf, so mainly play with others on the occasion I'm paired up with someone.

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