Lets be Frank

By Frank ThomasJuly 30, 2008, 4:00 pm

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Every week we will select the best question and Frank will send one lucky golfer a personally signed copy of 'Just Hit It'. Last week's lucky winner was Jim, with his question about 'toe up' on putters and drivers.
 
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Touching the Line of Putt
 
Frank,
 
I enjoy reading your column each and every week. I have purchased your book Just Hit It and plan on reading it on my trip to Europe. Now for my rules question. If a player is unable to touch the line on which the ball will be traveling while putting why is it permissible to place the putter head in front of the ball at address?
 
Thanks and keep up the good work.
 
--Dan from Kansas

 
Dan,
Thank you for the kind comments about my column and I hope you land in Europe better informed and having unlocked the door to the secrets of equipment technology and all sorts of other fun information. Let me know how you enjoyed the book.
 
Regarding touching the line of putt; I am not going to give you an explanation of why the exception to the rule but rather let you know that it is an exception to touch the line in front of the ball with your putter when addressing the ball before making a putting stroke .
 
Before you make the putt, however, you should know, that it is a violation of the rules if anybody indicates what your line should be by touching the green.
 
I would like to refer you to Rule 16-1 General, in the Rules of Golf which states in part;
 
a. Touching Line of Putt
The line of putt must not be touched except:
(i) the player may remove loose impediments provided he does not press anything down;
(ii) the player may place the club in front of the ball when addressing it, provided he does not press anything down;
( iii) ..

 
Dan, there are all sorts of rules we have to contend with on the green but the most important challenge we have is to sink the putt with the fewest number of strokes.
 
In an effort to help you sink more putts and build some confidence on the green, I have a very helpful putting guide which you can review and download for future reference. Just Click Here to e-mail us your request and we will send you a complimentary link to the Frankly Frog Putting Guide.
 
Hope this helps you have more fun on the green.
Frank
 
What Set of Tees?
 
Mr. Thomas,
 
I am 64 and have an index of 14.1. How do you determine the correct set of tees to play? I hit my driver (average) carry & roll about 227.
 
Thank you,
--Kirk

 
Kirk,
One of the problems with most of us is that our ego gets in the way of having an enjoyable round of golf, but at 64 you should be wiser and enjoying your game more than ever.
 
In our recent research study (see www.GrowingTheGame.org ) we found that the average male golfer drives the ball, on average, a little less than 200 yards but thinks he drives it a little less than 240 yards.
 
This optimistic over-estimate of the average distance we hit the ball extends to most of the clubs in the set and is based on a memory problem. Yes, we may have hit the ball the distance we think is our average, once or twice but certainly nowhere close to our average.
 
As a result of this ambitious estimate we generally pull a club out of our bag which leaves us at least ten to fifteen yards short of our target. We also play from the wrong set of tees.
 
Our research also shows that the average male golfer would enjoy his game more from a 6,200 yard set of tees than a 6,800 yard set. Yet we seem to gravitate to the longer set.
 
A good way to establish the set of tees which best suits your game, is to determine if you can make the green in regulation with your best shots. If this is not possible, then move to the next forward tees and dont worry about what your buddies are doing or the fantasy force of your ego. Your buddies should probably also move up if they want to have more fun.
 
This more realistic set of tees will not only allow you to enjoy your round more but also speed up play which is one of the biggest problems the game faces today.
 
Kirk, I want to thank you for this question, the answer to which I hope will rings some bells and thus help speed up play, make our rounds more enjoyable and help grow the game rather than it remaining in a stagnant state.
 
Tee it up from the right set of tees and then Just Hit It.
 
Frank
 
Frank Thomas, inventor of the graphite shaft, is founder of Frankly Golf, a company dedicated to Helping Golfers. Frank is Chief Technical Advisor to The Golf Channel and Golf Digest. He served as Technical Director of the USGA for 26 years and directed the development of the GHIN System and introduced the Stimpmeter to the world of golf. To email a question for possible use in an upcoming Let's Be Frank column, please email letsbefrank@franklygolf.com
 
Frank Thomas

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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry