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Great news. Learn by experience, a good caddie, and being good at reading greens. 

I’ll be glad to see them gone, regardless of whether they speed up play or slow it down.  Green reading is one of the skills a course should test.  Being better at it than others should be an advantag

The PGA Tour is likely to ban the controversial green-reading books used by many of its players before the start of next season, Golfweek has learned. The Tour’s Player Advisory Council voted to outla

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I'm a big fan of this news.  Maybe this speeds up play a little.

 

Buddy of mine who I play with frequently bought one for our home course and I looked at it once and couldn't make any sense of it.  He used it our first year there but now rarely carries it.  I could see where it helps a player their first time seeing a course but I've always thought your eyes and feet could tell you as much.

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If this means watching Bryson struggle on the greens like he did at Augusta this year it has my vote. I’ll still keep mine though. 

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About frickin' time IMHO. 

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5 minutes ago, Par Be A Joke said:

This should slow them down even more on the greens trying to figure it out.

 

This is not good for pace of their play

Exactly. Anything that picks up pace of play is good. Rangefinders are good. As I mentioned they just glance at these books anyway. It’s a starting point, not an ending point.

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Good decision. 

 

For the most part, tour professionals regularly play the same courses, so they should have a handle on course specifics.  But let's not forget, even with all that data, they still miss putts after spending extended time reading it, and confirming visually.  It should improve PoP too.

 

I haven't paid much attention as to the extent those books are used, if at all, on other tours.  But hope it becomes reality where ever they have been used. 

 

 

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50 minutes ago, Par Be A Joke said:

This should slow them down even more on the greens trying to figure it out.

 

This is not good for pace of their play

It wouldn't be a problem if officials were enforcing slow play. Players would be slow with or without rangefinders if they're not punished. 

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Just reading about Rory's thoughts on it on ESPN: https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/31645621/four-pga-champ-rory-mcilroy-says-green-reading-books-banned-eliminated

 

Looks like arm-lock putting is next, which does seem to go against the spirit of the anchoring rule, as "locking" the putter to your left arm essentially creates a single anchor point of your left shoulder.  All for that too.

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22 minutes ago, Creedo77 said:

It’ll speed it up and the stats should get worse. These books are 100% accurate but they are really good

I will disagree.  This will cause even more time wandering the greens doubting the fist, second and third look.

 

No one will know until we get to the season where they actually stop using the books.

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1 hour ago, Par Be A Joke said:

This should slow them down even more on the greens trying to figure it out.

 

This is not good for pace of their play

I agree.  By getting rid of the books, I think we will see a lot more of the Furyk garbage he does on the green; and I mean EVERY putt from 60 feet away to 2 feet from the hole:

 

Squat, stand, move back look at the grass.

 

Squat, play with the line on the ball, stand.

 

Move back, look at the grass.

 

Move to the other side of the hole and repeat the process.

 

As I said, FOR EVERY PUTT!!

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