Jimmy Walker Confirms that “Backstopping” is Real

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There are many unspoken traditions that golfers participate in, but there aren’t many left that are a mystery. However, one of golf’s greatest debates comes around the issue of “backstopping.” Backstopping is the idea that one player will purposely not mark his ball to create a small but possible backstop for another golfer that could hit the ball too hard …


When Honesty Hurts: Famous Rules Incidents in Golf’s Major Championships

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In the 1925 US Open, after assessing himself a one-stroke penalty for unintentionally causing his golf ball to move from a difficult lie in deep rough, Bobby Jones was universally praised by patrons and the media.  The self-imposed penalty forced a 36-hole playoff between Jones and Scotsman William Macfarlane, which Bobby would subsequently lose—denying him a record fifth US Open. …

More Come Out in Favor of Standardized Golf Ball

More Players and Manufacturers Come Out in Favor of Standardized Golf Ball

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For most sports out there, the professional level requires that there is a standard ball that is used. This is different for the sport of golf, however, as players can choose whatever ball they want to play with (so long as it conforms to USGA standards). But that may be coming to an end. Ever since the beginning of the PGA …