Fixing Spike Marks on Line of Putt
I've seen a few discussions on the "flagstick in while putting" rule, but haven't seen one on the "fixing spike marks" rule. I apologize if this has already been discussed to the point that we should put this post in the graveyard with all of the other dead horses.
Personally, when we were all wearing those shoes with a dozen icepicks on the soles, I thought it was crazy to not be able to fix a spike mark. Then one year I played in a local tournament that rotated courses for 3 days, and the last course was in poor condition so the committee allowed spike mark repairs. The experience completely changed my mind about the issue.
First of all it slowed us down as we repaired every imperfection to the best of our ability. Secondly, I noticed one player leaning pretty hard on his putter, either on the toe or the heel, and I was pretty sure that he was making sure the putt was going to break a certain way as it got close to the hole. For the **** of it, the next day on the practice green I experimented with the technique and by-golly, I never missed a 4 footer because I had hand sculpted the line.
I'm not accusing the pros of doing this, but I have noticed, more and more, that essentially every inch of the 10 foot putt has been tapped down. Professional golfers are OCD by assignment, and this is just not going in the right direction.
In my own opinion, of course.