Golf's Controversial New Rule

Alex Myers discusses a new rule that allows golfers to keep the flagstick in while putting and the player who is smartly taking advantage.

Released on 1/8/2019

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Golf's new rules went into effect
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at the start of the new year,
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and one in particular's making some noise, literally.
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Golfers are now allowed to leave the flag stick in
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on the green, which gives new meaning
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to the phrase rattling in putts,
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and who else would be at the forefront
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of this fiberglass movement than Bryson DeChambeau?
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The PGA Tour star slash physics professor
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had long professed his intention
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to take advantage of this new rule,
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but fans saw it in action for the first time
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at the Sentry Tournament of Champions,
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and the results spoke for themselves.
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There were certain situations,
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particularly when the wind was blowing the flag stick,
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that DeChambeau took it out,
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but for the most part he left it in,
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and while he's never been known as a great putter,
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remember, he flirted with putting side-saddle
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a couple years ago,
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DeChambeau led the field at Kapalua
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in strokes gained putting.
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Could that just be a coincidence?
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Sure, but Bryson also has a pretty powerful backer
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when it comes to the strategy: science.
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Short-game guru Dave Pelz has done studies
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that have proved the flag stick is your friend
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since it essentially acts as a backstop
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that slows a golf ball down,
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allowing gravity to pull it into the hole.
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So while it looks silly seeing PGA Tour pros do this,
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those who don't are giving up a competitive edge.
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Of course, it's a tiny edge,
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but you know who else has a tiny edge?
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The house in a casino.
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And last time I checked, the house does pretty well.
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What's funny is the USGA's primary reasoning
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wasn't to mess with golfers' minds,
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but to speed the game up.
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Same as with the new drop rule,
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which requires players to take a drop from knee height
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instead of shoulder height.
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DeChambeau called that new rule a bit absurd, and I agree.
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I mean, look at this.
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It's not exactly helping the golfers are athletes argument.
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But Bryson is all in on the flag stick rule,
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and others will follow.
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The margins between Major champs
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and journeymen tour pros are so slim,
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so why not use every advantage?
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The same goes for your game,
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so the next time your two-ball partner tells you
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don't leave this one short, make sure you don't,
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and tell him to leave the flag stick in.
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