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Club Damage and Rule 4-3b

Club Damage and Rule 4-3b

South African Lee-Anne Pace Runs Afoul of Rule 4-3b, Disqualified The nature of the modern rules of golf, if they truly reflect the old Scots who got it going in the west, should shed some light on the type of thinking that started the whole thing. Were the golf pioneers crusty old men playing in …

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Second Thoughts on USGA

USGA

Respect Issue Worse Than Previously Thought Between Players and USGA I don’t think that most golf fans have the relationship between all the golf organizations straight. I know I have trouble keeping it all in line. I’ve been to the home of the USGA, as cool a golf building as there has ever been, save …

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Golf Waning? Not With Girls, It Isn’t

Sandy LaBauve

Sandy LaBauve’s Vision for Girls in Golf is Booming It may not be news to anyone but me, but reading Mark Lampert’s article on Sandy LaBauve and the ongoing LPGA-USGA Golf Program for Girls stuck a dagger in the heart of the “Golf is Dying” movement. I’m sorry if courses have become too congested as …

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The Golf Rules Quiz

The Golf Rules Quiz

What We Don’t Know About the Rules Might Amaze Us Most of us have, without a doubt, run into the vast variety of quizzes available on the internet, and often spread on Facebook, that test our general world knowledge. We are tempted with “I’ll bet you can’t beat this score.” And, if you do, the …

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Golf Rules and Cultural Changes

Golf Rules and Cultural Changes

Rules change in the golf world, and some unfortunate habits as well The governing body of golf and its rules didn’t call me personally to tell me the news. However, they made it perfectly clear that I am no longer welcome to call in with my replay observations about anyone’s golf game. Apparently, the players …

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PGA and European Tour Merger?

Many Questions Arise if the European and PGA Men’s Tours Effect a Merger Rory McIlroy has been musing lately about the idea of Europe and the U.S. seeking a merger, at least the men’s golf part. That’s right, the PGA and European Tour in a hypothetical merger. There are so many talents between the two, …

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Penalties, Round Two

More Thoughts About Penalties After the Ben Crane Incident I read this morning that the fossilized USGA is finally modernizing the rule book. Naturally, I must temper my criticism of the grand old institution, as it really does do everything possible to preserve the integrity of the game. However, the weirdness of some of the …

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Penalties Technology, and the Rule Book

Ben Crane and His Two-Stroke Penalty for Technology Beyond Our Understanding It used to be that technology was largely confined to the development of clubs and balls, a long slow evolution that brought us our metal woods, sure-fire putters, and mega Titleist ‘watcha-call-its.’ It used to be that the worst thing that could happen, in …

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Frank Tatum, Author of ‘Massacre’ Dies

Frank ‘Sandy’ Tatum, former President of the USGA Prepared Winged Foot for Difficult 1974 U..S. Open, Was Much More  It is amazing, the jobs one can get if they are wealthy enough. Men and women with little to no knowledge of the industry can oversee complicated business networks, regardless of background. However, we should never …

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Golf Rules are Changing

Golf Rules

Golf Rules Changing That Were Set Centuries Ago I suppose that I am the only person remaining in the golf world who does not want the game of golf to go faster, be a lot more “fun” and less “difficult.” I’ve said it a thousand times, so I won’t elaborate, except to say that the …

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