Golf Tip – Marking Your Ball on the Green

Marking your ball on the green is as important as making coffee in the morning! There is a procedure to each that if performed properly can have a positive impact on your day. For most of us, marking your ball is a routine action that we give very little thought to when playing.

Here is all the basic details on how and why marking your ball is important:

As I reviewed the video, I was surprised by the first statement about one ball striking another on the green.  So I checked the rules and this is what I found:

Rule 19-5a. If a player’s ball in motion after a stroke is deflected or stopped by a ball in play and at rest, the player must play his ball as it lies. In match play, there is no penalty. In stroke play, there is no penalty, unless both balls lay on the putting green prior to the stroke, in which case the player incurs a penalty of two strokes.

I did not know this rule! During a competition I always mark my ball, so this rule would never apply. However, during our weekly matches we often leave our ball unmarked while one of us is putting. Well, I will stop that practice immediately.

On a side note, I always thank the player for moving his marker. It is my way of reminding the player to move it back. I realize that it could be construed as aiding another player, but I guess in the big scheme of things, I would rather win by shooting a lower score, not by the player incurring a needless penalty!

I am grateful golfer! See you on the links!

The Presidents Cup Preview

Presidents CupThe Presidents Cup has arrived. Today the players will tee it up at a Jack Nicklaus course in Korea. This 7400 yard gem in the Orient will challenge all players in every part of their game. The media run-up to this year’s tournament has tried to outline potential issues between players, chemistry (or lack of) on the teams, and the fact that the USA has a strangle hold on the title.

This year, the Captains, Jay Haas (USA) and Nick Price (International) have worked their magic, inspired their players, and took risks making their last two selections. Now it is up to the players to prove that they belong at this charity event by defeating any and all opponents!

The Presidents Cup is purely a charity event. There is no prize money except for the bragging rights between the best golfers in the world. The net proceeds are distributed to charities around the world and nominated by the players, captains, and captains’ assistants. The first nine Presidents Cups raised almost US$30 million and given the current trend, it is probable that this year’s President Cup will raise over US$5 million.

The format for this year’s event has changed. The first two days sees five matches of fourball (best ball) and five matches of foursomes (alternate shot). The third day consists of four matches of fourball and four matches of foursomes. On the fourth and last day, twelve singles will be played for a total of 30 matches.

The Presidents Cup is a very good event. I have never really followed it and for the most part has been over shadowed by the Ryder Cup. Examining the players on each team, I am really not overly excited about who is going to play against whom. It is possible that I am under playing this golfing event, but I am not sure.

What do you think? Do you like the Presidents Cup?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Filling in Time on the Golf Course!

Ball Hawking - spending time on a golf course.

Ball Hawking – spending time on a golf course.

How do you fill in your time when playing golf? I am not talking about course management, your pre-shot routine, or focused intent on playing well. You know, the time when you are waiting for your shot because the group ahead is so slow that you can measure their pace by the changing of the seasons!

Some players, especially lately, pull out their cell phone. Others practice chipping along the fairway. And still some will play several balls just to slow their pace of play down. I have a friend, Mike, who has an entirely different solution.

Mike is a ball magnet! He can walk into the most conspicuous of locations and walk out with a handful of golf balls.

Only 17 golf balls this time!

Only 17 golf balls this time!

Mike is not your ordinary ball hawker, he is the best I have ever seen. For an example, over a month ago there was charity tournament at our local course. Two days later he played a round of golf with his brother and walked away with over 100 golf balls! Yesterday, we playing and he walked away with two dozen balls. It seems no matter where he goes, golf balls stick to him like glue.

Having said that, Mike sometimes takes ball hawking to another level! He walks into the rough (or deeper) and the next thing we know, he is blazing a trail along the Amazon Valley picking up ball after ball! He never holds up play and he definitely shares what he finds. I find it quite amusing and laugh when he walks out with a handful of white gold!

There are plenty of ways to spend time on a golf course. Ball hawking is just one way to pass the time while waiting for the group ahead to play. For those that are wondering, my normal group (including Mike) play 18 holes in about 3 hours and 10 minutes. We play quickly and at a pace we all enjoy. So playing behind a group who plays in 4+ hours affords us extra time to talk, practice various shots and ball hawk.

So back to my original question, How do you fill in your time when playing golf?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!