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Posted on 04/14/2013 2:53:14 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
I hadn't noticed this before, but why is it that golfers sometimes (or is it all the time) when their ball is near the hole pick up their ball, then mark the spot with a quarter(?), then place the ball back down then take their shot? Why not just proceed with their shot from the get-go?
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They want to line it up with a mark on the ball or clean it off.
You’re allowed to clean the ball IF it is on the green. Sometimes (often times) there is dirt, grass, or sand on the ball, which could affect its roll when putting. Also, it is considered proper golf etiquette when playing with partners to mark your ball to ensure the other player(s) aren’t distracted by your ball, and/or won’t have any chance of hitting and displacing your ball when they putt theirs.
You can mark it with a coin or a ball marker. It’s a matter of choice.
I don’t think that should be allowed, it would make gold more exciting. They should also leave the balls alone on the green. Players could use their ball to try to block an opponent. :-D
Thanks y’all! I’m really enjoying the Masters today.. Seems the excitement level picked up a bit, along with the drizzle. I’ll never forget Tiger’s ‘loop back’ shot a few years back. UNBELIEVABLE, and they showed it again. Jason Day seems calm, cool and collected.
I would love to see Golf made into a ‘full contact’ sport!
Like a hockey game
It’s a gentleman’s game, dang it!
How in the hell did Jason Day miss that shot? I could see on my TV that he was ‘high’ on the cue.
They should also leave the balls alone on the green. Players could use their ball to try to block an opponent.
That was the original way it was played. I don’t remember when the rule was changed.
Clean the ball, may not be their turn.
Golf rules mandate that you must mark your ball before lifting it from the green. Golfers often have a line on their ball or use the logo or other printed information on the ball to line up their putt.
So in short, they will mark the ball, lift it, allign their mark with their desired putt line, put the ball back down, and remove their mark.
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See the reply by Yo-To at 16. First, the player farthest from the hole plays. Sometimes that ball may be on the green and a ball may be off the green in the first cut that is closer.
I’ve seen that situation. The flag is pulled for a player to attempt a put and the flag is put back into the hole for the player closer to the green, but not on the putting surface.
The green is the only time you may pick up the ball to clean it. The marks on the ball are also on the equator of the ball. Many golfers never study the balls, but there is a raised line between dimples that goes all the way around the ball.
That is where most pros put dots or dashes and line up their puts with that, so the ball has less tendency to be deflected by blades of grass or something on the surface.
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pickin up a ball is only allowed on the green and that 1st and foremost reason is to clean the dirt and debris from it as that severly effects roll.....the only other time pickin up a ball is allowed is when excessive rain makes the fairway muddy....pick clean and place is allowed for the same reason as above
since the coin or marker on the green is allowed why not have a line on the ball to line the putt up ( I don’t mark my balls ) but it is helpful for most.
the flag stays in the hole til all players balls are on the green
Recognition is recognition. Thank you.
I saw an incident (women pros) where one gal had a really long putt, they pulled the flag and then put it back in for two others that were on the first cut.
Not a quarter, I think they all have ther own special markers
Yeah, more than likely a lucky medalian.... maybe a commerative coin from some past event.
If it is a regular coin, I would think it would be something that their kid gave to them for luck or anything that is special.
I doubt any of them use a run-of-the-mill quarter.
I only play a few times a year and I use the same coin. I have a dime in my golf bag that has been there for 15 years. That was my pop’s golf bag before he passed and that dime was in there when he used it. It is a special dime.
You’re allowed to leave the flag in if you can’t see the hole. But has to come out once the ball starts moving.
That is what I figured.
Before making a stroke from anywhere on the course, the player may have the flagstick attended, removed or held up to indicate the position of the hole. If the flagstick is not attended, removed or held up before the player makes a stroke, it must not be attended, removed or held up during the stroke or while the players ball is in motion if doing so might influence the movement of the ball.
Note 1: If the flagstick is in the hole and anyone stands near it while a stroke is being made, he is deemed to be attending the flagstick.
Note 2: If, prior to the stroke, the flagstick is attended, removed or held up by anyone with the players knowledge and he makes no objection, the player is deemed to have authorized it.
Note 3: If anyone attends or holds up the flagstick while a stroke is being made, he is deemed to be attending the flagstick until the ball comes to rest.
(Moving attended, removed or held-up flagstick while ball in motion see Rule 24-1)
A ball to be lifted under the Rules may be lifted by the player, his partner or another person authorized by the player. In any such case, the player is responsible for any breach of the Rules.
The position of the ball must be marked before it is lifted under a Rule that requires it to be replaced. If it is not marked, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke and the ball must be replaced. If it is not replaced, the player incurs the general penalty for breach of this Rule but there is no additional penalty under Rule 20-1.
If a ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved in the process of lifting the ball under a Rule or marking its position, the ball or ball-marker must be replaced. There is no penalty, provided the movement of the ball or ball-marker is directly attributable to the specific act of marking the position of or lifting the ball. Otherwise, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke under this Rule or Rule 18-2a.
Exception: If a player incurs a penalty for failing to act in accordance with Rule 5-3 or 12-2, there is no additional penalty under Rule 20-1.
Note: The position of a ball to be lifted should be marked by placing a ball-marker, a small coin or other similar object immediately behind the ball. If the ball-marker interferes with the play, stance or stroke of another player, it should be placed one or more clubhead-lengths to one side.
That explains what I just said.
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