4 Tips On Improving Your Putting Distance and Control

As the 2016 WasteManagement Phoenix Open came to a close last Sunday I wondered if anyone else saw the impressive showcase of golf talent that I saw.  Beyond the poise and confidence each final competitor embodied, what stood out most to me was the incredible control in their short game.   The initial 18th green we saw Fowler and Matsuyama each impressively sink putts beyond a mere few feet under insurmountable pressure to win or force a tie.  The next three playoff holes we saw each again sink extended length putts.  On the final playoff hole we saw both miss considerably clutch putts of much shorter distances but ultimately Matsuyama ended victoriously.

4 Tips On Improving Your Putting Distance and Control

 

Here’s the lesson I want to impart on the golf community – putting distance and control can make or break a round of golf.  Neither Fowler nor Matsuyama left one putt short in that playoff.  Why?  Distance control.  If you don’t get it to or passed the hole it’s surely not going to go in.

So now it’s time to work on your own personal putting distance and control skills:

1. Use Kris Moe the Frogger Pro’s simple and effective drill: Place one tee 7 feet away and one tee 30 feet away.  Practice hitting balls to one tee at a time.  Once you can hit three balls passed the tee and within two feet of the tee move on to the next distance.  Go back and forth.  You are creating muscle memory.

2. The level drill: As we had done with Kris Moe in tip number 1, start from the hole and in a straight line place one tee at 5 feet, then 7 feet, 10 feet, 15 feet, and so on creating a distance ladder so-to-speak.  Place a club three feet behind the hole.  Start with the first tee and putt to the hole.  If your ball goes in or within the three feet distance behind you can move to the next length tee.  If your ball falls short or hits the club behind the hole start over from the beginning.  This will continue to muscle train and brain train because rarely will you have every putt within the same distance per round.  Once you have successfully completed your ladder… start again!

3. Taking it to the fringe: Pick a spot on the green and place a tee and drop a handful of golf balls.  Aim towards the fringe and one by one hit each ball trying to get as close to the fringe as possible.  The goal here is distance and not going into a hole.  Again, repetition is key so continue this drill until each ball is successfully stopping within two inches of the fringe.

4 Tips On Improving Your Putting Distance and Control

4. Focus on practice your perfect pendulum putting stroke. By learning to control your putting stroke you will have a vast improvement on your distance and tempo.  What’s a great tool to help you practice?  You guessed it!  The Frogger Golf Arc Angel!

4 Tips On Improving Your Putting Distance and Control

Ultimately, the key is repetition and building memory muscle.  The more you practice the more confident your putting stroke will be.   It’s not just raw talent that makes the pro golfers so successful on the green.

Try the above tips and let us know if they work for you!

5 Tips for Playing More Golf

There is nothing more important to a golf fanatic than finding a way to play more golf.  I’m sure we’ve all tried the same list of ways to accomplish this goal but here is a quick list of unique tips you might not have thought of so far.

1.  X-Files can wait.  Yes, there is a magic little thing about TV these days called DVR.  Set it and save it.  This goes for any shows you love to watch including the news and major sporting events.  I mean… some things shouldn’t wait, like the final few holes of PGA Tour Sundays, but most things can indeed wait.

5 Tips for Playing More Golf

 

2.  Put your phone down and turn it off.  Okay, don’t get too crazy here but what I mean is if you are going to call in “sick” to work so you can hit the links be sure to turn off social media.  Believe it or not the boss can see all even with the best of privacy settings.  Don’t bother guessing whether or not your boss knows the ways of the hashtag, just keep this little secret of hooky golf to yourself.

5 Tips for Playing More Golf

 

3.  Shorten your game.  Find the local Par-3 course and go hit a round saving you on average about 2 hours for 18 holes.  Need it to be an even shorter time period?  Try just 9 holes.  Many of these courses don’t have a 9-hole rate but that’s okay because the greens fees are far less expensive than a standard full length round of golf.  Your short game will also thank you greatly!

5 Tips for Playing More Golf

4.  Invite your spouse.  Yes, by making your golf outing a date with your loved then you get the green light to go play golf.  Believe it or not playing with your significant other can be really fun and hey… if you can make the date a good time then the more likely you’ll be able to convince him or her to go play with you again.  Wah lah, another golf outing!

5 Tips for Playing More Golf

 

5.  For every latte, throw that money into a golf jar.  The average cup of coffee at the store costs $2.38 which is about $70 per month.  Maybe instead buy a standard $15 one pound bag of coffee to brew at home which breaks down to about an average cost of $0.27 per cup.  That’s a savings of $2 per day!  That money can easily be used for a great monthly round, or two depending on where you play.  So you may be a bit tired but at least you’re playing more golf!

5 Tips for Playing More Golf

 

What other tips can you think of that aren’t on the standard list?

Frogger to Giveaway Two function f(x) Golf Stand Bags at PGA Show Booth #3629

Frogger Golf is proud to announce that they will be showcasing four new products at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show (Jan 27-29) in Orlando, Florida at booth #3629. Those products include the function f(x) golf stand bags, BrushPro with Catch Latch, Trax Towels, and Catch Latch Bag and Belt.

As an incentive, Frogger Golf invites show attendees to visit them at their booth and enter to win the function f(x) Golf Stand Bag, integrated with the new Catch Latch technology. Frogger Golf will announce the two lucky winners on February 1st via their Facebook page.

To see firsthand the convenience of the Catch Latch technology, please visit Frogger Golf at booth #3629.

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Building the Most Challenging Golf Course – 18 of the World’s Toughest Golf Holes

It’s a combination of difficult approaches, challenging greens, and intimidating hazards as well as local knowledge, historic landscapes, the wild and wacky, and tee boxes that simply make you shutter.  If I were to build the most challenging golf course by pulling from courses around the world… here is what it would look like to me.

Hole No. 1 – The first tee of The Old Course at St. Andrews.  Sure the fairways are fairly flat and wide open and the green is somewhat tame but it’s what happens the moment your name is called.  Stepping onto the tee box with the legendary R&A behind you can give even the most stoic of professional golfers a shiver.  …not to mention there is a walking path about 70 yards down the fairway that some people care not to stop although the starter is blowing a warning whistle.

St. Andrews Old Course first tee

Hole No. 2 –  2nd hole at Coober Pedy Opal Fields GC.  This is the world’s only golf course that has reciprocal play rights with St. Andrews golf so it seems fitting to go here next.  If a completely grassless golf course isn’t enough, they offer night golf.  For many, hitting it out of the bunkers is incredibly difficult but try playing an entire hole, let alone golf course, all on dirt.  Well… here you go.

Hole No. 3 –  Oakmont CC 3rd hole.  Have you ever hit into a bunker?  Yes, of course you have.  Have you ever hit your second shot from the bunker to the same bunker?  Maybe.  Well, the old “Church Pews” bunkers on this hole can eat you alive!  This fairway is lined with bunkers forcing you to have perfect accuracy down the middle.

Oakmont Country Club 3rd h ole

Hole No. 4 –  La Jenny Naturist Resort 4th hole.  Well, what’s so tough about this standard golf course?  For starters… you’re most likely nude.  Yes, naked.  This resort in France has a 6-hole course that welcomes its patrons to play in the buff.  I don’t know about you but I’m fairly modest so the thought of playing golf in my birthday suit is a challenge in itself.

Hole No. 5 –  5th hole of Pinehurst No. 2.  Up.  Down.  Up again.  Could this hole give you any more extremes?  Not only are you playing at the illustrious Pinehurst No. 2 but you’re having to handle some difficult lies.  Get some practice in and read up on where that ball should go in your stance no matter what lie you’re on.

Hole No. 6 –  6th hole of Carnoustie.  I’ll get to another tough hole on this course but “Hogan’s Alley” can fool the mind.  Not only is the entire long left hand side of the narrow fairway fenced off and out of bounds calling for a perfectly straight drive but in the distance you can hear the artillery fire of the Scottish Royal Military firing range.  Cross your fingers for no strays!

Hole No. 7 –  Hole 7 of St. Andrews Old Course.  Seems not so tough but… where in the heck do you go?  If you don’t have a caddie with you it is plenty easy to get lost.  Oh, also, make sure you stay alert.  The 11th fairway and 7th fairway cross paths.  Keep your head up and your eye down the 11th fairway before you cross or you’ll take a ball to the noggin.

Hole No. 8 – Pebble Beach 8th hole.   I’ve never played at Pebble Beach but I can tell you that I have played it a fair amount of times on Wii golf and even digitally the 8th hole is a brute.  This is the kind of hole that an extra sleeve, or two, of golf balls can be handy.  The coastline hugs the fairway where you can find your ball rolling right into the drink.

Pebble Beach 8th hole

Hole No. 9 –  Panmunjom 9th hole.  We’ve all hit a ball or two out of bounds and have sheepishly gone after it.  I’m with you that I want that golf ball back but at Panmunjom you better stay put.  This golf course located between North and South Korea in the DMZ is known as the most dangerous golf course in the world.  Why?  There are live minefields surrounding it!  It’ll be tough to not chase your golf ball but trust me you should just let that one go.

Panmunjom golf

Hole No. 10 –  Belfry 10th hole.  No other course has hosted as many Ryder Cups as this course so the thought of playing on one of the most prestigious golf stages is exhilarating!  Standing on legendary ground is one thing but going for the green is another.  Pack your fade.

Hole No. 11 –  The 11th hole at Brickyard Crossing.  This Indiana based golf course plays both around and inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway best known for the Indy 500.  The 11th starts over a body of water but what’s harder than having to concentrate while standing over a clutch putt with a race car roaring passed you at crazy speeds?  Clear the mechanism.

Brickyard Crossing golf

Hole No. 12 –  Augusta National 12th hole.  Welcome to “Amen Corner.”  This hole is referred to by Jack Nicklaus as one of the hardest par 3’s in all of tournament golf.  Tournament golf aside, during a friendly round you can find yourself distracted by the importance this golf course holds in the history of our game.  Depending on pin placement you can find your ball in one of three spots – the pristine white bunkers, the pond up front, or in the woods behind.

Hole No. 13 –  The 13th at Furnace Creek GC.  This California golf course is located in Death Valley which boasts temperatures of up to 130 degrees.  Yikes!  Living dangerously you can take this on in the dead of summer.  It’s tough as it is with a nice mild-tempered day but sweat dripping into your eyes, looming heat exhaustion, and killer sunburns can make this one of the toughest golf holes.

Hole No. 14 –  Carnoustie 14th hole.  One can argue that the 18th here is tougher and better known for taking down good ol’ Van de Velde but in my opinion something about the 14th and the two 10 feet deep bunkers hiding a hidden green behind them makes me think this one takes the cake.

Spectacles at Carnoustie 14th hole

Hole No. 15 –  PGA National 15th hole.  Oh, hello there “Bear Trap.”  I understand golf is about precision but this is just darn difficult.  Whether on approach you miss left or right you’re in trouble.  Where are the gigantic greens that no matter where you land you’re safe?

Hole No. 16 –  16th of Cypress Point.  You want to talk about water hazards?  Well, this is it.  This unbelievably beautiful golf hole can play with your mind thanks to the heavy crashes of the Pacific Ocean.  Ya, that’s a massive water hazard!  For those of us who still get shy with a small pond at our local club the sheer power the ocean can have over us is insurmountable.  Good luck!

Hole No. 17 –  17th of TPC Sawgrass.  Okay so we’ve just talked about water hazards but let’s kick it up a notch and add in an island green that even the pros have been known to lose a ball or two in.  Need another challenge?  Don’t forget this hole is famous for the winds that seem to show up out of nowhere to suck your golf ball back and into the blue.

TPC Sawgrass 17th hole

Hole No. 18 –  Riviera CC 18th hole.  Uphill.  Blind drive.  Uphill.  Blind approach.  Either you’ve played here several times or you just have to close your eyes and go for it.  The green is narrow which makes precision so important.  …so if you’re wrapping up your amazing round of golf don’t let this 18th hole take you down.  Confidence!

If you could add a hole or two, which would you include for the 18 toughest holes in golf?

 

Your 2016 Golf Bucket List – So Much More Than a Round of Golf

Every golfer has a golf bucket list.  What’s yours?  Five or so courses that you’d love to tee up and play?  Walk the same fairways the pros have and try your hand at that trophy winning 18th green?  Playing the same links as those who founded the game?  It’s there. You have your list and although you’ve dreamt of making it a reality you know it’s going to take some saving and planning… but what about all of those other items on your golf bucket list?

It’s not just a round of golf, it’s golf itself as an overall experience.  It’s being a part of a historical game loved by millions around the world.

Being as it is the beginning of the year, time is on your side to commit to completing some of your golf bucket list items and here is what I’m talking about…

Be a part of the crowd – Experiencing the 16th hole at the Waste Management Open on tournament Saturday. Watching it on TV and standing in the stadium are two totally different experiences.  Have you ever had the authority to cheer your loudest (or boo for that matter) a pro mid-tournament?  Even the pros get into it by tossing giveaways to the crowd, caddies race to the green (tripping and falling I might add), and so many more non-usual golf antics.  Old or young, the experience is worth it.  Beyond the 16th hole the rest of the course is stunning with amazing views no matter where you stand. There’s no need to sardine pack yourself in around the green to catch a glimpse, the course was made for spectators.  Couple your tournament weekend with a round of golf at one of the many amazing golf courses in the area.  Phoenix is a hot bed of great golf and the cost to get there, stay, play, and spectate are very reasonable.

Phoenix Open Waste Management

Keep going, and going, and going – Marathon golf. One of the most common complaints most golfers have is they don’t get to play enough golf.  Have you ever spent an entire day out on the course hole after hole?  Most haven’t but have always wanted to try.  Contact your local course and let them know your plans and I’m sure they’ll work something out for cost and tee time.  This one may take some planning, and you may be a bit sore by the end of the day, but it’s something every golfer has thought about.  How many holes can you get in all in one day?

When the lights go out – Playing a round of night golf. This seems a little counterintuitive but glow golf balls are all the rage right now and there are so many fun night golf outings and events across the country.  Sometimes keeping your eye on a little white ball in the day time is tough so imagine trying it at night!  Here’s how to make this one happen… Google.  Yup, that simple.  Do a quick search for “night golf” or “glow golf” and your zip code.  Chances are an event will pop right up.

Night golf glow ball golf

Golfing for a cause – Playing in a charity golf tournament. This is an easy one to check off your list this year because there are so many options and tournaments to join whether in your hometown or nearby.  Even if there isn’t one nearby have you thought about hosting your own charity golf tournament?  Pairing a game you love with a good cause is an all-around feel good.

Playing arguably the #1 golf course in the United States – Bandon Dunes. Without having to break the bank you can play one of the best, if not the best, golf courses our country has to offer.  Desperate to get to St. Andrews but still aren’t ready to fork over the expense? Bandon Dunes will give you an excellent taste for what your future trip will be like.  This affordable Oregon coast destination golf resort boasts five courses (one of which is a Par-3) and a charming neighboring town giving you that St. Andrews feel.  Links style golf, tasty food, pubs, and ocean breeze in your face are golf experience must haves.  Without a doubt Bandon Dunes is on your bucket list and this one you can check off in 2016!

Bandon Dunes golf

 

Well, what do you think?  Can you commit to completing one of these golf experience bucket list items this year?

 

 

Golfing in the Rain and Why You Need to Get Out and Play

I’m going to let you in on a little secret… golfing in the rain (or any form of bad weather) can make you a better golfer.  The typical golfer is steadfast about trying to avoid the cold and wet sogginess of a rainy day on the golf course but you’re holding yourself back.   I believe you’re limiting your abilities and you’re not taking advantage of some of the most fun you’ll ever have.

Golfing in the rain may be wet and cold but remember, it’s just rain.  Simply put, if you played the same handful of courses every single day for a year and every single day was a perfect bluebird and warm day you will not stand a chance when the elements do hit.

Why You Should Golf In The Rain

Okay… I’ve convinced you. The sky is turning a dark gray and the drizzle has started to fall.  Grab that golf rain suit you have tucked in the back of your closet and your golf cart poncho and let’s get them some good use.

First, rainy days tend to make for a quiet clubhouse.  While others avoid the challenge you can certainly take advantage of no slow play in front of you and because the course may be a bit desolate the pro shop may even let you hop on for free or at a discount.  Worth asking!  … do be sure to stock up on your on-course drinks though because chances are the bev cart isn’t going to be roaming around making deliveries.

First approach to the green remember me whispering in your ear, “Go for the flag.”  Why?  Whether you’ve mastered the backspin or tend to have some long roll once hitting the green that’s not going to happen today.  Soggy greens mean you can absolutely without a doubt go for the flag.  The ball is going to stick or roll just a tiny bit at most.

Why You Should Golf in the Rain

Once on the green, and it’s probably one you’ve played a zillion times, the now sticky surface has created a whole new set of undulations, roll, speed and slope.  …and like that, you have a whole new golf course to challenge your game. That goes for the entire golf course!  Branches on trees are hanging lower or blowing harder from the wind, the sand is a bit thicker in the bunkers, the rough seems to hold your ball more, and thanks to the wetness falling from the sky your drives are also not going to have the same amount of flight you’re used to.  Accept the challenge and roll with it.

Don’t you feel like a kid again?  No one is telling you to stop splashing in puddles and instructing you to come indoors.  A good day in the rain can be a fun experience all the while helping you challenge your golf game.

…and let’s not forget, Scotland is most likely on your golf bucket list.  If you want to go someday expect there to be some rain and wind (if not a lot of it). Practice now, succeed later.

What are your words of wisdom to having a solid round of golf in the rain? Share below in the comments or read what others are saying below.

 

Rules Q & A: Etiquette or Rule – The Repairing of Divot Marks on the Putting Green

New to the game or an old timer, we’ve all been instructed to always repair our ball marks while on the putting green.

As my golf coach always said, “Fix your mark plus one more.  Always help leave the green in better condition than when you got there.”

Fixing a Ball Mark on the Putting Green

Makes sense because there are so many golfers who are too lazy to bend down and repair a major dimple their ball left which is such a pain because right when you have your most clutch putt it’s always perfectly aligned with the worst mark on the entire putting surface.  So this leads me to think about whether or not it’s against the rules to leave your ball mark… or is this just something that’s tied to the etiquette of the game?

I’ve done my homework and here’s what I’ve found:  There are no official USGA governing rules that require golfers to repair their ball marks or spike marks on the putting green.

Shame.

Fixing a Ball Mark on the Putting Green

At any rate, the USGA’s official statement in Rule 16-1 is centered on spike marks but does hold some keen intellect into their position on repair.  Although it would be beneficial for golfers to repair the surface of the green much like required to do so in a bunker, there are no rules permitting someone to simply walk away and make no attempt to leave the green the same as when they found it.

This all falls down to etiquette and the education of golfers to be considerate of other fellow golfers.  Golf is a game of integrity and respect, held with traditions that can be related to religion.  Let’s champion the “fix yours and fix another” concept and maybe lobby for an awarded stroke to those who take the six seconds to make this happen.

Is it too much to ask that you please repair your ball marks?  For goodness sakes you are damaging our sacred ground that the keepers are meticulously trying to maintain for everyone’s enjoyment.

What’s your approach to reminding players to make the fix?  Comment below and share how you handle this touchy situation.

Fixing a Ball Mark on the Putting Green

Weekend Preview

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Quicken Loans National
Dates: July 30-Aug. 2
Venue: Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Gainesville, Va.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Though this is the ninth year of the Quicken Loans National, this year will be the first time the event is held at a new venue, Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. The golf club has hosted previous Presidents Cups from 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2005. Along with the new location is a new slot on the calendar, for the first time after the Open Championship.

Justin Rose is the defending champion this week. Rose won the event by defeating Shawn Stefani in a playoff on the first hole at Congressional Country Club last year. That win marked the sixth for the Englishman.

Notables in the field this week include Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Jimmy Walker, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Ernie Els, Bill Haas, Tony Finau, Ollie Schniederjans, Sangmoon Bae and Gary Woodland.

Tiger Woods is making an appearance this week following the missed cut at the Open Championship. Following the Open Woods thought his poor performance was due to “spin rates” being off. In a press conference earlier this week Woods says his spin rates have checked out.

CHAMPIONS TOUR
3M Championship
Dates: July 31-Aug. 2
Venue: TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minn.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday Noon-2 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

Greats of Golf Challenge during Saturday’s coverage: On Saturday, Golf Channel will feature the tournament’s “Greats of Golf Challenge” – which has been held since 2004 – which will include LPGA icons Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez, Pat Bradley along with PGA TOUR greats Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Tony Jacklin and Tom Weiskopf, among others. Those competing in Saturday’s “Greats of Golf Challenge” will tee off immediately following the final scheduled tee time for Champions

Kenny Perry is the defending champion this week. Perry finished one stroke ahead of Bernhard Langer for his seventh Champions Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman, Jay Haas, John Cook, Ian Woosnam, Lee Janzen, Rocco Mediate, Corey Pavin and Kirk Triplett.

WEB.COM TOUR
Utah Championship
Dates: July 30-Aug. 2
Venue: Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 6:30-9 p.m. (Live)
Friday 6:30-9 p.m. (Live)
Saturday 6-9 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 6-9 p.m. (Live) / 5-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

After 16 years at Willow Creek Country Club the Utah Championship moves to the Johnny Miller designed Thanksgiving Point.

Headlining the field: Oliver Goss, Trevor Immelman, Patton Kizzire, Matthew Goggin, Steve Marino, Jamie Lovemark, Trey Mullinax, Abraham Ancer, Si Woo Kim and Cody Gribble.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Satire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Dates: July 30-Aug. 2
Venue: Murcar Links Golf Club, Aberdeen, Scotland

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 7:30-9:30 a.m. / 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live)
Friday 9 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Saturday 6-8 a.m. / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)

Scotsman Paul Lawrie hosts this new event at Murcar Links Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Satire Energy is a 64-man, single-elimination match play event.

Headlining the field: Paul Lawrie, Thorbjorn Olesen, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Alexander Levy, Peter Uihlein, Richie Ramsay, Marc Warren, Alvaro Quiros, Robert Karlsson, John Daly.

Lost Golf Ball Without Penalty

091212-embedded-golf-ballDid you know there is a situation covered in the rules of golf in which a player could lose a ball without incurring a penalty?  Normally a “lost ball” would mean that the player would have to replay a new ball from the spot in which the original ball was lost, under penalty of one stroke.  So if one hits a shot (1), then loses the ball (1 penalty stroke), then hits the dropped ball (3), the stroke total from that point would be three. This is not a fun situation and can be a score-wrecker!

Abnormal Ground Conditions

A lost ball in “abnormal ground conditions” however, would mean the player could drop a ball one club length from the nearest point of relief from the abnormal condition, without penalty.

So what is an abnormal condition? An “abnormal ground condition” is any casual water, ground under repair or hole, cast or runway on the course made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.

In order for the free drop to be legal, the player(s) must be absolutely certain that the ball is in the abnormal ground condition. If there is any doubt the free drop would not apply and a likely stroke and distance penalty would be in order, unless the ball went into a hazard. In that case another set of rules regarding hazards comes into play.

Conclusion

In short, a player may be entitled to a free drop one club from the point in which a lost ball entered an abnormal ground condition. Such a condition might be an area of the course which is under repair like an area being re-sodded. Another example might be a flooded low point of a fairway with standing water. A third could be an area which the ball disappeared into a burrowing animal track or hole.

Once again though, the player(s) must be 100% certain the ball was lost in the abnormal conditions, and nowhere else.

Knowing the rules can save you strokes!

Weekend Wrap

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RBC Canadian Open
Dates: July 23-26
Venue: Glen Abbey Golf Club, Oakville, Ont., Canada

Jason Day has been coming so close to victories in the major championships over the years with many top five finishes and several misses by one shot, like the Open Championship two weeks ago.

Perhaps the pressure of winning a non-major is easier to deal with? One might conclude so following the victory of Jason Day at last week’s RBC Canadian Open. Perhaps it was simply a case of a lot of experience dealing with pressure down the stretch.

It was looking good for Canadian golfer David Hearn coming down the final nine holes. Hearn was hoping to be the first Canadian to win the RBC Canadian Open in 61 years. But Jason Day rallied with three consecutive birdies on the final three holes to seal the victory in front of his not-home home of Canada? Wait what? See below.

“I’ve never felt so much at home, and I’m not even from Canada. I’m looking forward to coming back and defending the title here next year because I know that when I get here next year it’s going to be the same. It’s great to feel like a Canadian for a week.” ~Jason Day

One highlight of Day’s round was on the par-4 17th, where he launched a massive 386 yard drive. Wow.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Omega European Masters
Dates: July 23-26
Venue: Cans-sur-Sierre GC (Severiano Ballesteros Course), Crans-Montana, Switzerland

This week’s European Tour story is similar to the PGA Tour angle, regarding players who came close in the Open and win the following week. In this case the player is England’s Danny Willett. In the waning holes of the Open Championship Willett was in position to win, but like Day was not able to close the deal.

Willett held off fellow English golfer Matthew Fitzpatrick by one shot to close out the win at the Omega European Masters. The win marks Willetts third on the European Tour. Willett was tied for the lead heading into the final round and fired a flawless bogey-free round of 65 to claim the one-stroke victory.

LPGA TOUR
Meijer LPGA Classic
Dates: July 23-26
Venue: Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Popular LPGA golfer Lexi Thompson captured her fifth victory on the LPGA Tour this past week at the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft. Thompson’s final round featured eight birdies en route to a 65 and a one stroke margin of victory over Gerina Piller and Lizette Salas.

“It feels amazing. It still hasn’t really hit me yet because everything happened so fast. But it was a great day out there and we had perfect weather for it, so couldn’t ask for anything more.” ~Lexi Thompson

This week’s victory marks the fifth LPGA Tour win for Thompson.