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The GrunkleGuru

Grunkle is a slang term for the thick rough on a golf course that I have been using for many years. Given my penchant for inaccurate tee balls, I have become a bit of a guru out of the thick stuff, hence the name. This is a site for my random thoughts about sports (espeically golf) and life in general. While nothing special, it will hopefully offer a break from the daily drudgery for both you and me.

August 09, 2005

Rule of the Week - Get the Ball in the Hole!

Here’s the situation:

A golfer is on the 18th green with a long birdie putt that would give him his personal best score. After spending time analyzing the break of the green, the direction of the grain, and all other factors they consider he strikes a perfect putt. Two feet from the hole it hits a spike mark that kills its speed. The ball trickles to a stop on the edge of the hole.

Completely flustered by this heinous stroke of bad luck, the golfer walks up to the hole, and stands just a few inches from the hole. After realizing that the ball will not fall due to the concept of gravity, the golfer gives it just the help it needs by jumping up and down shaking the ground in such a violent manner that the ball leaps forward into the hole.

Does the golfer make his birdie and set a new benchmark for him to shoot for?


Nope. If we assume that the ball was at rest, then the golfer was in breach of rule 18-2a. The golfer incurs a one-shot penalty and must replace the ball on the lip of the hole and putt out.

Instead of making a birdie he in fact made a bogey (one stroke penalty plus the stroke to hole out the putt).

So much for that personal best. Now go back out and try again.

Of course if he had been using a custom-built putter from Short Game Central he surely would have made the putt and set a new personal best.


At 8:32 PM, Blogger Patrick Eakes said...

Guru, I am always amazed when a golfer tries to get the ball to fall in from the lip by jumping up and down or casting a shadow.

This was a good rule explanation to start with.

At 4:23 PM, Blogger The Grunkle Guru said...

Thanks Patrick.

I have been guilty of such gamesmanship (in jest) during a friendly match or two, but never took credit if I was successful.

At 3:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Help me if you can I'm feeling down" - I also think I must be lost.

I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw him on the golf course yesterday. Now this is strange because usually I see him in the supermarket.

Honest really, last time I saw him there he was right in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender".

He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a shiny, new lcd tv to go with that blue suede sofa of yours.

But Elvis said I, In the Ghetto nobody has a lcd tv .

Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger.

Then I'm gonna go home, put ma dancin' suit on, munch me some uppers and freak out to that maaaaaaaaad surfing scene in Apocalypse Now on ma lcd tv .

How cool is that boy?

And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . .

"You give me love and consolation,
You give me strength to carry on "

Strange day or what? :-)

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