- July 6, 2019 at 4:49 am #46185bruce gumbelParticipant
Started this season leaving the flagstick in when putting. It has become a habit now and I prefer it being in. Does anyone else do this? If you take it out, do you think it will be an issue of putting it back in for those that putt the new rules way?July 6, 2019 at 10:04 am #46187Landis CouringtonParticipant
I leave the flagstick in because it helps me see the cup better especially on longer putts. Many of my friends leave it in on putts longer than 2-3 ft but take it out for 2-3 ft.July 6, 2019 at 3:36 pm #46190
Personally, I think it is the one new Rule that does not help pace of play. I play in a couple of tournament leagues and I see this all the time…Yes, I want the flag out. Next guy…oh, can you put the flag back in. Hence, a lot of wasted motion with the pin putting it back in, pulling it again, and so on.
July 7, 2019 at 12:16 am #46192Jeffrey BarbasBlocked
- This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by Rick Kimbrell.
I can see where it saves time when everyone is far away from the hole to leave it in.July 7, 2019 at 2:03 pm #46196
Agree Jeffrey. And, if you do continuous putting till you putt out it can be ok too. But, inside of 10 feet some want it in, others want it out…that becomes a hassle.July 7, 2019 at 4:30 pm #46199Tommy BriggsBlocked
I think many people leave the flag in because it gives them a false sense of confidence. Many people think they can hit their putts harder, because the flag will “save” them from going past the hole.
Whether the flag is in or out if you don’t hit the putt on line you will miss. If you hit it harder because you think the flag will save you, you will probably pull the putt.
For longer distances I think leaving the flag in can help with depth perception, but for putts I think I will make I want it out, to me it is more of a distraction.July 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm #46203Bob NewmanParticipant
I leave it in if I would normally have had it tended. It has been a hassle with some I play with, the ace it out, put it back in etc. the only time I continuous putt is if I have a 2” tap in.July 8, 2019 at 6:26 pm #46214
Now Bob, you know the WA advocates “continuous putting”. But then, you normally don’t leave anything more than 2″ anyway…so no big deal for you. 🙂July 8, 2019 at 7:19 pm #46216Bob NewmanParticipant
It’s the 2 footers that concern me and I always putt everything out year round but I will not jeopardize a shot to save a few seconds. But in my defense; l very seldom take a practice swing, so I’m actually saving time.
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