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  1. Except the rules require you to come back and play from inside the teeing area, so there is no advantage whatsoever to playing from outside the teeing area. The rule as written is effectively the same as mandatory stroke and distance, (hitting your 3rd shot off the tee). The rules could have just as easily been written to say "the stroke made from outside the teeing area counts, but the player must abandon that ball and play correctly from the teeing area" (hitting his second stroke instead of third from the tee). It's just another direction the rulemakers could have gone.
  2. Hey Quasumoto, I'm sorry I took your thread off the rails, so I wanted to readdress your question here. The answer to your question is kind of. The rules almost always let you play the ball as it lies. When you say "require" if you mean "doesn't have any other good options" then yes, you can be out of luck in a bunker. Think of the steep wall bunkers at the British Open. If you are up against the edge of those bunkers your options may be sideways, backwards, or perhaps an unplayable. I once had a ball roll up the face of a shallow bunker and come to rest wedged where th
  3. In the definition for an immovable obstruction, an example provided is "artificially surfaced roads and paths" The paths in the image are (in my opinion) artificially surfaced; a specially structured sand mix not found elsewhere on the course is brought in, rolled and packed reasonably firmly, and periodically treated with a salt spray. All such roads at this course are defined in the local rules as immovable obstructions. So it's an artificial surface, but it's still made out of "dirt" so the ball could embed in it and be below the level of the ground. And if for what
  4. it depends on your abilities—what clubs are you hitting there? For my game that looks like a fair mix of wedges, mid irons, hybrids, and a fairway wood on the 218. Regardless of my score, I would derive enjoyment from that variety of approach shots.
  5. I want to briefly thread-jack Do you get relief from a ball embedded in its own pitch mark in an integral object? For example a dirt road in the general area has been declared an integral object, and after a rainstorm the player's ball plugs into it. (I thought of it with the possibility for a ball plugging into the face of a bunker, in this case possibly defined as an integral object)
  6. I hear you about watching the US Am wire to wire; I certainly don't. But I think at present no one is really going to watch olympic golf in general, so why not try to create intrigue with an (on paper) more relatable group. Might even get some cinderella story Mid-Am out qualifying young guns or something. Since you mentioned formats, I had some others thought up: 1) 3-man teams from as many countries as you can get. 36 holes stroke play qualifies say 8 teams. Then a knockout bracket where each team member pairs off into singles matches (ie best 2 out of 3), until you
  7. But isn't that kind of the point in a nutshell? It is hard to argue "Golf should be an Olympic sport" when admitting "Yeah our biggest names and best players will play when it's convenient for them" Instead, let's let the pros do what they do best: winning insane amounts of money on tour, and let amateurs go for gold. What sort of college kid would turn down that opportunity? They play on Walker cup teams if they can, after all. I am sure it would mean a lot if some Korean am won. Nigeria was happy about their football gold in 1996, nevermind teams were (and still ar
  8. I was reading the DJ thread, which had evolved into an Olympic golf thread, and so I thought I'd start my own. I feel the powers that be missed an opportunity when putting golf in the Olympics, by making it a professional 72 hole stroke play event like literally everything else on tour. Amateur golf is very well defined with it's own legacy and major events. The USGA and R&A could have worked together to create an Olympic event to serve as the third leg of a "Triple Crown of Amateur Golf" that I think players would aspire to. It would not be a regular pro event tha
  9. So basically you want this? An adapter for the M2 is compatible with everything from I think R1 to SIM2, for example. And I imagine such adapters exist for other manufacturers as well.
  10. Why not make it simpler and just say Am vs. Pro? The difference between those classes is already regulated; if the event is an Amateur event it's whatever the Am spec is, if it's pro then it's whatever the pro spec is. Things like US opens would be to pro spec. Things like city and county opens could be Am spec or dependent on status (ie anyone can use pro spec and Ams can use am spec) Tournaments that believed themselves to attract sufficient Am-on-path-to-pro elite Ams could also require pro spec if they so desired.
  11. You won't need a stiff-arm with the hard cases. My case is a hard plastic coffin style roadie case. I have flown dozens times with it without any issues. I watched a baggage attendant drop it off the baggage cart. No damage to anything inside. If you are willing to deal with the weight and bulkiness, nothing protects your clubs better than a hard plastic case.
  12. I was looking through the forum for reviews/actual on-course usage of the Wilson Staff Model and couldn't find any. I had the good fortune to find a mint ball on the course the other day, and had the opportunity to put it into play yesterday. I am a 7 cap, with a modest 100-105mph swing speed with driver. I am a fairly medium trajectory hitter. Today the staff model went up against a 2019 Tour B RXS and ProV1's of various vintage, with me rotating them in an out of play, occasionally hitting multiple shots with each. Here were my thoughts My best drive with any ball wa
  13. Serious question. Though it is not recommended a hole be located on a slope, they sometimes are. Suppose after 10 seconds a ferocious gust of wind blows the ball off the lip and it begins trundling down the slope away from the hole. I assume the instant the ball is no longer overhanging the lip of the hole it loses it's "at rest by rule" status and is now a "ball moved by natural forces on the putting green"? The player couldn't run after it and Phil Mickelson it hollering 'It's technically still at rest!" But if the player is alert, can he tap the beginning to roll a
  14. I was playing coach-provided ProV's in high school at that time and found a B330-S on our course. I tried it out and it was like everyone had been lying to me. This was the number one ball in golf, no doubt about it. It flew off the driver, it stuck into greens. I played that single ball for 3 rounds or so until I lost it. For whatever reason they were really rare in my area. I always joked "You'll never find a B330, few play them, and we who do are too good to lose them" Whenever I found one it was like a mini-christmas. To the OP, the other ball would be the HX Hot Bi
  15. From early on, most golfers are taught that you can't make a stroke at a moving ball under rule 10.1d. The list of exceptions does not say "Exception: The ball is deemed to be at rest under a rule" or "For the special case of a ball moving or oscillating on the lip of the hole, see rule 13.3" I am sure a number of players know the 10 second rule. What they probably don't know is after the 10 seconds the ball is defined by rule as at rest, regardless of what the ball is doing in reality. Anywhere else on the course you'd back off the ball and let it do it's thing because it is still
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