The R&A and the USGA are now going to review the use of green–reading TOOLS,

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The R&A and the USGA are now going to review the use of green–reading TOOLS,

The R&A and the USGA are now going to review the use of green–reading, in another potential rules overhaul, and have issued the following joint statement:

“The R&A and the USGA believe that a player’s ability to read greens is an essential part of the skill of putting. Rule 14-3 limits the use of equipment and devices that might assist a player in their play, based on the principle that golf is a challenging game in which success should depend on the judgement, skills and abilities of the player. We are concerned about the rapid development of increasingly detailed materials that players are using to help with reading greens during a round. We are reviewing the use of these materials to assess whether any actions need to be taken to protect this important part of the game. We expect to address this matter further in the coming months.”

Ian Poulter, who previously criticised the use of greens books, said the review was "common sense."

These highly detailed maps show green undulations and do help in reading the line of putts. 

The R&A and USGA will be considering whether or not they are in the true spirit of the game, and whether they are offering artifical assitance.

They are also a contributory factor to slow play, and for that reason alone they should probably go. Putting should also not be about your map reading ability! 

scomac
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I think this is absolutely

I think this is absolutely hilarious!  Do these stuffed shirts even watch tournament golf?!  I don't see guys draining putts from all quarters, in fact I would go so far as to say that putting in general is going downhill on tour.

AS for the green books slowing the game down; just wait until these guys have to start reading their putts and see what that does to pace-of-play!

The USGA and R&A have their heads shoved so far up their arses they will never see the light of day!  These guys make Nero look good!  angry

Scott Rushing
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So these books have been

So these books have been around for years..and years.   and now they're concerned about them?  Why not when they were first used?  Imagine how long practice rounds will be now as players and caddies try to test and remember in their heads all these different putts and breaks.  This to me is not something they need to worry about.  Putting statistics aren't seeing a major decrease in putts per round so why break something that doesn't need 'fixing'?

 

 

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Scott Rushing
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What would happen, if the

What would happen, if the someone in the Top 100 rankings proposed a strike of playing in the next majors (or non-majors) for those with their cards secured, to show the R&A and PGA Tour that they need to wake up?   Ignoring for a minute, the economic impact on the community which I know would be significant ... Say the players all chipped in $1M to the community to make up for it.  So let's say the entire Top 100 players boycotted 1 or 2 or 3 events...but encourage the guys needing to make their tour cards to go - do you think the tours would care?  Could the top players hold out long enough to make the Tours listen?

 

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DON
Why doesn't the PGA tour just say NO MORE to call in penalitys ?

It's hard to say what would happenn if the top golfers did that Scott. What I would like to see would be for the players to refuse to play in ANY tour event that allows TV viewers to call in about a penality. I can not think that the players are happy about calls being made my TV viewers that effect the outcome of an event. And I can't believe that the major sponsors ot these events are too happy with it either. If the fans the watch the coverage start to stop watching the events the sponsors will NOT be happy and that might get the USGA and the Pro tour to do something to end the nonsense of clal in rulings. You know that the players don't like this nonsense, and I don't believe that most of the TV viewers like it much either, and I doubt the sponsors would like it if fans and players stop buying their products becasue ot it.

Don

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scomac
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I've quit watching tournament

I've quit watching tournament golf.  It;s a joke when some couch potato can call in an infraction with the aid of freeze frame and slo-mo replay via PVR.

I find the matches aren't even all that compelling anymore as I personally cannot relate to the game that the pros are playing.  Couple that with the cookie cutter personalities and constant hyping by commentators and the whole thing is completely unappealing to me, but i'm only one person.  I'd far rather spend the afternoon on my own local 9 hole course than sit and watch the contrived stuff that they are passing off as tournament golf in this day and age!  no