One of the main USGA rule changes which came into force in 2019 affects putts – the flag may now be left in the hole when putting. However, this has led to controversy about whether the flagstick is more of a help or a hindrance to holing the ball.
In an empirical study, our rules guru Yves C. Ton-That (author of the global bestseller “Golf Rules Quick Reference”) made 1,000 standardized putts, 500 putts with and 500 putts without the flag. And the findings were clear-cut. If the pin is not leaning towards you, leaving it in the hole always helps to hole the ball.
Furthermore, a positive side effect of leaving the flagstick in has also been identified – balls that are not holed come to rest significantly nearer to the hole if the flag has not been removed. And last but not least, leaving the flag in the hole saves 15-20 minutes per round – however, only if all the players in the group handle it in the same way; otherwise, it may even slow down the game.
And if you want to handle any other rules issue in the section, grab this handy guide: Rules Reference.
Why subscribe to GolfersRx?
Here is another video from Yves C. Ton-That on Dealing with Loose Impediment. Just one of the many golf instruction videos we have at GolfersRx.com.
GolfersRx.com is a team of golf experts who share your love and passion for the game of golf. We share in your enthusiasm to play better, similarly your frustrations when things aren’t going as planned.
The site brings together some of the best and brightest minds in all facets of the game of golf. GolfersRx will help you master your swing, your putting stroke, your fitness, your short game, your mental focus and attitude, your health, and every other challenge you face on the course. Above all, we are here to help with golf tips and golf drills to lower your golf score.
Our experts have affected the lives of tens of thousands of golfers over the years, and they are now achieving lower scores, out-driving their peers, playing injury-free, and enjoying the game more than they ever thought they could.
Here they are and along with their focus.
Quite the Chap (Colby Johannson) Golf Instruction videos and lessons to think smarter about golf.
Golf Labs (Gene Parente) master your golf swing sequence, mechanics, and technique.
Mr. Short Game (Matt Fisher) Chipping, Pitching and Putting tips and drills around the green.
Golf Yogi (Mark Williamson) Stretches for flexibility and overall golf fitness.
You must realize there is some work involved. GolfersRx.com may teach you a new thought process or a new swing technique. In addition, you will need to practice it.
You MUST be okay with trying some fresh, new techniques or embracing a new way of looking at some age-old problems. If so, GolfersRx.com is most likely for you.
In conclusion, check out our (other) social media pages.