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Old 01-03-2019, 10:43 PM
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Golf has new rules for 2019. I thought we might like to discuss how they have moved toward disc golf rules, and any ideas we might get from what they did.

Here are a few:

Golfers can now leave the flagstick in when putting. Now they have their own version of 'chains". This will definitely improve the putting percentages of everyone. How long until the fierce debate begins about which brand of flagstick catches best?

Golf reduced the amount of time to look for a lost ball from 5 minutes to 3 minutes. Just like disc golf.

Now, when a ball is moved off its spot, it is placed back on the estimated spot, rather than dropped near it. Just like disc golf.

Now, they can mark all kinds of areas as penalty areas. Just like disc golf. Before, the area needed to have water in it.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:42 AM
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what's the logic behind leaving the flagstick in? Speed of play?
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:17 AM
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what's the logic behind leaving the flagstick in? Speed of play?
The real reason is so the ranger doesn't need to chase me down and remind me I should have put the stick back in the hole again.

I found this on rules.golf.

They were wrong in thinking it would not result in more putts being made.

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Reasons for Change:
 Allowing a player to putt with the flagstick in the hole without fear of penalty should generally help speed up play:
o For example, if a putt is long enough that the player cannot easily see the hole unless the flagstick is left in, the player currently needs to wait for another person to attend the flagstick even if it is the player’s turn to play or (in stroke play) if the player is ready to play and it would save time to go ahead and do so.
o This change could also speed up play for short tap-ins, as the player could simply putt the ball into the hole without first removing and then replacing the flagstick.
 When the players do not have caddies, the current Rule can result in considerable delay, such as:
o When the opponent (or the other player in stroke play) is raking a greenside bunker and will be delayed for a minute or two before coming on to the green.
o When other players in stroke play are delayed in coming on to the green for other reasons, such as a ball search, indecision about what club to use or shot to play, etc.
o When all players in the group have long putts and so will need to walk back and forth to the hole to attend the flagstick for one another (which sometimes produces uncertainty about who will or should attend for someone else).
 In match play, a player without a caddie will now be able to choose to putt with the unattended flagstick in the hole rather than ask the opponent to attend the flagstick, reducing the potential for dispute that can arise when the opponent attends for the player (such as when the opponent fails to remove the flagstick and the ball hits it).
 On balance it is expected that there should be no advantage in being able to putt with the unattended flagstick in the hole:
o In some cases, the ball may strike the flagstick and bounce out of the hole when it might otherwise have been holed, and
o In other cases, the ball may hit the flagstick and finish in the hole when it might otherwise have missed.
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I believe the flagstick rule is bonkers.

All golfers in competition on the green should be putting at the same physical target.
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