This diligent golf-ball retrieval technique is superintendent-approved

When retrieving your ball, be “cup acutely aware,” says one superintendent.

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When he isn’t busy doing crunches and chugging smoothies, Gary Participant can typically be discovered sharing his opinions.

One in all his current scorching takes centered on an replace to the Guidelines of Golf that he described because the “worst rule ever.”

That might be Rule 13.2 a (2), which was revised in 2019 to provide gamers the choice of leaving the flagstick in when placing.

The aim was to assist enhance the tempo of play, and in that sense, mission achieved.

However Participant believes there’s been a draw back.

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“You get these man with their huge fingers, they usually go to take the ball out of the cup, they usually squeeze their hand in between the cup and the flag. They pull the cup up, and each cup you play now could be raised.”

That’s hyperbole, in fact. However Participant has a degree. Jamming your hand into the cup can certainly trigger harm.

So, what are the best and mistaken methods to tug your ball from the underside of the jar? And in case you inadvertently harm a cup, what’s the easiest way to restore it?

With assist from Tom Kaplun, superintendent at North Hempstead Nation Membership, in Port Washington, N.Y., and a 19-year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Affiliation of America, we lined up a listing of guidelines.

Take it low and sluggish

There’s a advantageous line between brisk play and reckless haste. If you retrieve your ball, resist the urge to hurry. The most secure technique is to take away the flagstick slowly and attain your hand in gently. No slamming. No jamming. No harm achieved.

Be cup acutely aware

Let’s say you’re feeling lazy and eradicating the flagstick looks as if an excessive amount of effort. OK, advantageous. However do your fellow golfers and the upkeep crew a favor and take precautions. At North Hempstead, Kaplun requests that golfers be “cup acutely aware.” Meaning urgent your hand flat towards the stick and sliding it slowly into the cup. Usually, you may pinch the ball between two fingers and take away it with out affecting the cup edge.

Ed. observe: Right here’s that approach demonstrated by Shane Rice, the superintendent at Southern Dunes Golf and Nation Membership in Haines Metropolis, Fla.:

Overlook your flatstick

Putters are designed to knock balls into the outlet, to not pull them out. Utilizing the top of your putter as a retrieval software is a no-no. “The cup will not be giant sufficient, and the inside track motion destroys the sting,” Kaplun says. The market is awash in ball-retrieval gizmos, together with mini-plungers that connect to the butt of the putter grip. These will be OK, Kaplun says, however they will also be “problematic” in case you’re utilizing a putter with a fats grip.

Don’t attempt to finesse it with the flagstick

You understand the one the place you attempt to get the ball out by popping it from the outlet with the flagstick? Kaplun will not be a fan of that technique both, because it typically includes tilting and jiggling the pole towards the cup, which might knock the sides out of spherical.

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Some programs use edge-saving gadgets that sit on the backside of the cup, with a plate that lifts when golfers pull the flagstick, bringing the ball up with it. These work properly, Kaplun says. The one drawback is that golfers typically neglect they’re there and take another ham-fisted method as an alternative.

Through the pandemic, some programs positioned pool noodles within the cup to forestall the ball from dropping all the way in which to the underside. Kaplun says that was the most effective edge-saving system he noticed throughout lockdowns. He favored it a lot, he’s pondering of implementing it at his membership subsequent 12 months.

Repairing harm

In case you harm a cup edge, don’t really feel dangerous. However do restore it.

Kaplun recommends utilizing a ball to faucet the dinged-up edge again into place. If the harm causes upheaval across the cup itself, Kaplun suggests utilizing the flat a part of your putter to faucet the lifted tufts again down.

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A golf, meals and journey author, Josh Sens has been a GOLF Journal contributor since 2004 and now contributes throughout all of GOLF’s platforms. His work has been anthologized in The Greatest American Sportswriting. He’s additionally the co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of Are We Having Any Enjoyable But: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.