Asked by: Virgil Scheunemann
sports golf

Is it better to leave flag in when putting?

In a statement on its website, The USGA says there “should be no advantage in being able to putt with the unattended flagstick in the hole.” It continues by saying that “In some cases, the ball may strike the flagstick and bounce out of the hole when it might otherwise have been holed,” while “in other cases, the ball

Similarly one may ask, why do golfers leave the flag in when putting?

The bodies decided on the alteration because they believe "allowing a player to putt with the flagstick in the hole without fear of penalty should generally help speed up play". Before, if a player hit the flagstick with a putt, then they would have been hit with a penalty.

One may also ask, what is the penalty for hitting the flagstick while putting? If a ball in motion after a stroke from on the putting green strikes the flagstick when still in the hole, the player loses the hole in match play or incurs a two stroke penalty in stroke play.

Likewise, can you putt with flag in hole?

Players are not required to putt with the flagstick in the hole; rather, they continue to have the choice to have it removed (which includes having someone attend the flagstick and remove it after the ball is played).

How many golf balls are you allowed to carry in your bag?

Under the Rules of Golf, a golfer can carry as many golf balls as they want in their bag. Really, they can carry as many golf balls as they're willing to carry around themselves or their caddie is willing to lug around for them. Most PGA Tour golfers carry in the area of nine golf balls in their bag per round.

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Can you take the flag out when off the green?

Players who are off the green may choose to leave the flagstick in the hole or have it removed. This choice has not existed with balls on the putting green given the risk of a penalty. The USGA and R&A feel that, on balance, there should be no advantage in putting with the flag stick in the hole.

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What are the new golf rules for 2019?

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What are the new golf rule changes?

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Can you putt with a different ball?

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Does the golf ball have to hit the bottom of the cup?

“Holed: When your ball is at rest in the hole after a stroke and the entire ball is below the surface of the putting green. When the Rules refer “holing out” or “hole out”, it means the player's ball is holed.” (no mention of having to be at the bottom of the cup!) Your ball is NOT HOLED and must be played as it lies.

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Can you move your golf ball out of a divot?

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Who is responsible for putting the flagstick back in the hole?

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What happens if a golf ball hits another golf ball on the green?

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What are the rules for match play in golf?

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Can you touch the line of a putt?

Under Rule 16-1a, the player must not touch the line of putt. The “line of putt” is defined in the Rules as “the line that the player wishes his ball to take after a stroke on the putting green” including “a reasonable distance on either side of the intended line”.

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Is there a penalty for chipping on the green?

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Can you touch the green before putting?

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Can you tap down spike marks?

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