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Swisstrader98

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  1. If the game of golf is all about integrity and ethics, shouldn’t the entire USGA management team be fired based on the set of lies they just told about JT?
  2. Post of the month for me. $2M/year for this guy?? Damn! That’s some real coin for a guy who’s at the helm of a ship that’s quickly sinking and losing more credibility each day. We’re at the stage now where they are so desperate that they outright lied about JT and their interactions w him. If this game is all about integrity and ethics, shouldn’t the management team all be fired??
  3. I’m sure the rules mongers will quickly come to the defense of the USGA on this one, but here we have it, straight from the USGA themselves stating that there were never any meetings set up with JT in the first place by the USGA...aka “we lied”. Doesn’t really surprise me in the least and fits with all the tone deaf and arrogance we’ve seen in the past from this organization. https://www.golfchannel.com/news/usga-backtracks-no-meetings-justin-thomas-were-canceled Let the spin begin!
  4. "Hey we've been a guardian of the game for over a century and are the last authority on the rules in North America" one minute . . . "We're gonna make up some FLAT OUT lies about a superstar" the next. "We will admit that we lied, but we're not apologizing" the one after that. Please stop...almost choked on my steak?
  5. Same for me. It’s not a big problem when I play with my regular group but if I’m playing w a new group there’s this back and forth dance of flag in/flag out. Just the back and forth conversation on each hole is exhausting for me: on every putt “you want the flag in or out” or “please take the flag out/keep it in”. No joke, we had a 4-some and on one single hole (only because I counted), the flag was pulled in and out 8 separate times. Crazy And this was one of those rules that was supposed to speed play?
  6. Huh? Makes zero sense. Why would an FC give me a read on his putt or vice verse based on flag in/flag out?? He would always have the option. The rule doesn't say 'must'. This is where I think some of the so called rules guys don’t actually play the game. There are close to ZERO situations on a green and in any sort of competitive situation that a pro or amateur would give a fellow competitor a read.
  7. Honestly, I can't imagine how they could have made the process more open and transparent. They wrote drafts, circulated them more than a year in advance, asked for feedback from everybody. And they did change some things in between. IIRC, the original "drop" re-write allowed a drop from any height, which was then changed (based on feedback) to this silly knee-high scenario. I think the flagstick thing also changed a little from draft to implementation. I don't think even Golf Channel would have put the Committee discussions on the air; but I'm not sure how they could have been more transpare
  8. https://thesandtrap.com/ and https://rulesgeeks.com/ Yup, I used to participate in Sandtrap but got fed up with Erik's arrogance. It is his way or the highway. A typical example of a person with compulsive need to be correct, just like bosses used to be some 100 years ago. I remember a swisstrader type of guy there a few years ago. Erik suspended him until he read Tufts. The guy came back briefly and no longer embarrassed himself. ;) To a certain extent, knowledge and understanding of the rules is a reasonable prerequisite for discussing the rules. Hell, it would make a reasonable prer
  9. https://thesandtrap.com/ and https://rulesgeeks.com/ Yup, I used to participate in Sandtrap but got fed up with Erik's arrogance. It is his way or the highway. A typical example of a person with compulsive need to be correct, just like bosses used to be some 100 years ago. I remember a swisstrader type of guy there a few years ago. Erik suspended him until he read Tufts. The guy came back briefly and no longer embarrassed himself. ;) Oh. You mean a guy with a point of view who doesn’t cower every time some rules guy gets all high and mighty and arrogant about the rules? In my world
  10. In fairness though Stuart, if you’re not already pretty well versed in the rules often times reading them doesn’t help all that much. Some of them are pretty confusing. I do wish (and readily admit it may not even be possible) that they were written in a way that is a little easier to understand. I think most everyone will admit they do tend to have a bit of “legalize” in them. THIS^^^ I’ve said this for years. We need rules, but we don’t need a set of rules that require a JD degree to interpret. Make it simple, keep it straightforward and to the point. We’re not trying to land the Space
  11. Huh? Makes zero sense. Why would an FC give me a read on his putt or vice verse based on flag in/flag out??
  12. It's not really all that amazing, it's one of several examples where the rules allow for exceptions due to traditionally accepted practices. If it weren't for such exceptions you wouldn't even be able to use a head cover between shots. Not during the round you can't. And if it's between rounds, the rules don't really care how much you modify the playing characteristics of the club as long as the end result is still conforming. So such an observation is really irrelevant to the argument. But I suggest you consider the big picture instead of just focusing on the minutia. The b
  13. Yes but feel like I just read the first 3 chapters of War and Peace�� Jump in . . . take it up with Erik. (I know you won't. He, too, knows his onions and would have you for breakfast.) Would have me for breakfast?? Sounds a bit??????. Not that there’s anything wrong with it
  14. I’ve always been amazed that the rules say lead tape fine but an adhesive tape not OK. You can alter the heck out of the playing characteristics of a driver with lead tape. Not so much with a decal or a protective film in the top of the head of the driver. Another rule that makes zero sense.
  15. Yes but feel like I just read the first 3 chapters of War and Peace?
  16. Problem is same whether it’s ebay or amazon. They are basically a monopoly w zero competition. Until such time, they will continue to gouge people.
  17. And now it starts. Wonder if the commish will sound in on this issue. https://www.golfchan...nship-fractured Furyk wasn’t alone feeling that way when he arrived at player dining Sunday morning. “They have said they want to have a better relationship,” Furyk said. “That tweet sure doesn’t help things. I show up to breakfast this morning, and I’ll be honest with you, that’s all everyone was talking about, and it wasn’t real positive. “You would never see the PGA Tour write that tweet. The USGA, they have a shield, and they stand for something. There’s a bar, and that tweet was below t
  18. Good video on chipping. The wind killed me but good otherwise. Another vote on my end for going with cross-handed. Just with cross handed putting, almost impossible to get the yips and cleaner contact.
  19. I played with an older guy in the Bahamas just recently. He had one of those little suction cups on the end of his putter so he wouldn't have to bend down each time. And then guess what, had to take a drop after hitting it in one of the many lakes at Bahama Mar and he simply takes a ball and sticks it in the same putter suction cup and drops at knee height! I got a big kick out of it but the guy said he had some old football injuries that won't allow him to bend more than a cpl inches. Unsure if it's legal but I would think a drop is a drop. I don't read anything in the rules that would mak
  20. For me, the bigggest difference is the USGA is a corporation while JT is just one guy. Them coming in guns blazing with JT makes them look both unprofessional and overly emotional. Not a great look for them and doubly so with the “new rules debacle”.
  21. Precisely. Sometimes you just have to be accountable for your actions, just like I tell my kids and then fess up when something has screwed up. Pretty simple
  22. I played with an older guy in the Bahamas just recently. He had one of those little suction cups on the end of his putter so he wouldn’t have to bend down each time. And then guess what, had to take a drop after hitting it in one of the many lakes at Bahama Mar and he simply takes a ball and sticks it in the same putter suction cup and drops at knee height! I got a big kick out of it but the guy said he had some old football injuries that won’t allow him to bend more than a cpl inches. Unsure if it’s legal but I would think a drop is a drop. How does he tee it up with the suction cup? Hi
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