First of all I wanted to say thanks to the site admin, and members, (I've been "lurking" for years, decided to finally sign up) lots of great info for dg'ers,great stuff! Ok, so I've been playing for over 20 years, and with one friend mostly. We recently decided to have a "year long" competition, basically a weekly skins game worth 3 points per game to the winner,at the end of year, the one with the most points wins the year. This is our 3rd season, so we have slowly tightened up our rules enforcement. My friend, (we will call him Catbagger), was notorious for step putting (falling putt) which we have been enforcing for 2 years now. So last week, he made a 15ft putt towards the end of the match, and I called him on a falling putt. He broke the "cussing rule" instantly ( which i did not call him on lol), but continued to accuse me of cheating in an attempt to steal the match. Here's a description of his putt: He's right handed,his right foot was behind the marker, his left was 6" behind the marker, and as he putted, he lifted his back foot(left), disc hit chains, at the same time he puts his back (left) foot down, but now it's to the side of his right foot (landing in a straddle), and from my point of view was clearly 4-6" over the line of the marker as it relates to the basket. His attack on me stemmed around "who am i to play GOD" by deciding that his left foot crossed the line. My argument was it's a judgment call, based on establishing balance, and by lifting his rear foot, he is opening the door to be called every time he places his foot back down anywhere but behind his right foot. Questions:
1. Is a side step open for this call if I believe he has also stepped forward?
2. Does it sound like a falling putt to yall?
3. Whats the penalty for "cussing", and calling your opponent a "cheater" in case he acts like this again?
So, he did miss the 2nd putt, then continued to dress me down like never before, lost complete control, and lost the match.
Please give me your input, I will be showing this post to Catbagger. In his defense, he did shake my hand after the loss, and apologized for his outburst (in front of other players), but I was so deeply offended, that I will probably take a few months off of our competition.