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Upside down Cup vs Sponge??? How to manage it?

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  1. 1. Which do you prefer

    • Upside down Cup
    • Sponge in bottom of Hole


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Corona-Golf.  Which do you prefer and how does your foursome handle it?

A)  They turn the cup upside down....making it fairly shallow.  

B)   Other courses chop a hunk out of a Swimming Pool "noodle"  (aka sponge) 371302478_cupvssponge.thumb.jpg.2b5ee9cfc90c3c6bd01927003e171cda.jpgplac

 

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Our cups were upside down - now they're proper depth but there's a piece of 1-1/2 PCC pipe in the hole. The ball will fall in the cup to the approximate depth you have in the photos. As long as my ball falls in the hole it doesn't matter what's there


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I have played upside down cups, pool noodles, and pvc. My preference is the upside down cups. PVC tends to have rough edges and pool noodles just get nasty

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We have pool noodles and they're above the lip so your ball hits them and bounces off? I don't care for it and would prefer them to be cut below the lip of the hole. Some just count it as holed if it hits the noodle. I count it as long as the speed is reasonable and it hits it relatively solid.

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I still like to see the ball drop and not pop out. The courses that have the upside down cup that I have played all are barely under the lip of the cup. Sometimes I don’t know if I’ve lipped out or it hit the bottom and bounced out. I prefer the PVC/noodle as all the courses that I have played are significantly lower than the lip of the cup and I know for sure when the ball goes in the hole.

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We have the pool noodle set about like indoor photo.  I don't care for them, but it's what we live with for awhile I guess.  They have cost me a few putts and a slam dunk from going in.  I have never played with an inverted cup so can't comment, but I imagine it is similar.

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I still like to see the ball drop and not pop out. The courses that have the upside down cup that I have played all are barely under the lip of the cup. Sometimes I don’t know if I’ve lipped out or it hit the bottom and bounced out. I prefer the PVC/noodle as all the courses that I have played are significantly lower than the lip of the cup and I know for sure when the ball goes in the hole.

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Courses here are using the pool noodle and the ball drops like those in the pic. Works well for what it is.


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We have been using the upside down cups at my club. I have played the noodles at other courses and they tend to cause the ball to bounce out.


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I have played at several courses with the cups raised above the ground. Anything that hits them is a make.....which is a little silly but I have gotten much more aggressive with short putts. 

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I don't care for any setup that does not allow the ball to go into the hole.  Bouncing it off the cup or plastic or whatever doesn't hole the ball. I don't understand why we can't just have normal cups and remove the ball by grasping it with two fingers and not touching anything but the ball --- but I'm also just glad we're able to play golf, even if some of the added precautions make it seem odd.

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4 minutes ago, CarlH said:

I don't care for any setup that does not allow the ball to go into the hole.  Bouncing it off the cup or plastic or whatever doesn't hole the ball. I don't understand why we can't just have normal cups and remove the ball by grasping it with two fingers and not touching anything but the ball --- but I'm also just glad we're able to play golf, even if some of the added precautions make it seem odd.

I hear you loud and clear.....I am just glad golf courses have been opened back up. Totally saving my sanity!!!!

I have also thought that filling the cups with liquid hand sanitizer would solve this problem as well.  😜

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To me it seems that the most important thing is that whatever they do....they must allow enough room for the ball to drop a little. 

 

 I've played more rounds with the sponge....and they seem inconsistent.  Some are set too high.  I think I prefer the upside down cub...but it must be set low enough. 

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Quit worrying about it and be happy we can even golf with the world burning down around us.

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Currently courses around here are using the pool noodle method.  I die the ball into the hole when I putt so it doesn't really have any effect on my game.

My first round of the year, they had a piece of PVC sticking out of the ground without a flag, and that wasn't real golf.  Just hammering a putt into the tube and watching it bounce off.

All that being said, I'm just happy to be able to play.


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My regular club is going with upside down cups, I haven't experienced pool noodles or PVC spacers. I can believe they would get nasty dirty in time, harder to maintain. Now that we're not removing pins, I like upside down cups so much I hope they'll keep doing that permanently, but I don't expect that will really happen. It's much easier to fish the ball out, and I have yet to see a putt miss due to a shallow cup.


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During this time of pandemic, I have played courses with both the "pool noodle" and the upside-down cup options.  I really don't like either, as they appear to affect putts either adversely or occasionally positively (keeping a ball in the hole that should have lipped out).   Of the two, the upside down cup option seems to be the more consistent option as it allows a more uniform depth of cup option.  


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Update:  I recently played a course with standard cup placement and a short piece of 1 & 1/2" pvc pipe at the bottom of the cup.  I think this is my favorite adaptation so far.  PVC piece was short enough to allow room in the cup and I did not see any putts affected (positively or negatively) during play.  Would have been a great day if I wouldn't have had a poor putting day!

 

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