Friday Four Ball: Golf Needs to Simplify

By | February 23, 2018

Lexi Thompson involved in rules issue at the Honda LPGA Thailand | by Keely Levins for GolfDigest.com

“During the second round of the Honda LPGA Thailand, Lexi Thompson incurred a two-stroke penalty on hole 15 for breach of the Local Rule regarding temporary immovable obstructions as prescribed in Appendix 1. The Supplementary Rules of Play for the Honda LPGA Thailand state that advertising boards are temporary immovable obstructions.”

Clearly, that there are times when advertising signs are moveable obstructions and times when they are temporary immovable obstructions is not great. That Lexi Thompson assumed she understood the ruling without consulting an official is hard to explain. That golf continues to be a sport filled with such complex rules that even professionals can still be caught making mistakes is unacceptable. It shouldn’t be this hard to play golf by the rules.


James Hahn isn’t happy with the idea of limited golf balls

As I discussed here a few days ago, there’s going to be a lot of players who are in no mood to see the equipment they’ve used to develop their world-class game changed anytime soon. Credit to James Hahn for having the courage to express his dislike for the possibility of an 80% ball being forced upon PGA Tour players.


Tiger changes driver-weight settings, shoots even-par 70 at Honda Classic | via GolfWRX.com

According to photos on Thursday, it appears Woods has also changed the weight settings in his TaylorMade M3 for a bit more forgiveness and fade-bias… At the Genesis Open and the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods had the M3 driver weights in the forward position, which moves CG (center of gravity) forward and tends to lower spin.

I understand how invested fans are in the latest Tiger Woods comeback effort. That Tiger can’t seem to find a fairway right now is news. Are we really going to sweat a detail like Tiger using the weight technology in his driver to try to make it more forgiving while he gets his swing back under control? Sure, why not.

This little detail sends a clear message that Tiger Woods has admitted to himself that he can’t find the fairway with swing adjustments alone. He’s so out of sync right now that he’s willing to see if the equipment can help. Good luck Tiger. The golf world is banking on you already.


Hoffmann plays with new-found purpose at Honda | via Sean Martin for PGATour.com

He hopes to find a cure for muscular dystrophy after being diagnosed with the disease in November 2016. The 28-year-old has started a charity to fund research while still chasing the PGA TOUR dreams he’s had since childhood.

“I could become a recluse and feel bad for myself, but what’s that going to do?” Hoffmann said Thursday, after shooting a first-round 67 at The Honda Classic. “I love being out here and I love playing on the PGA TOUR and that’s my dream, and to help people ultimately is my goal. I think I can do really special things with this platform.”

You can read more about Morgan Hoffmann’s story in the piece he wrote for The Players’ Tribune back in December. You can also learn more about his cause and contribute over on his Morgan Hoffmann Foundation website. Well done Mr. Hoffmann and good luck.