Fritz wrote:It's not illegal when on the putting surface. You have the option to leave the flag in the hole for your putt. The only time you get penalized is if your caddy (or you) lay the flag down on the ground behind the hole, you miss and the flag pole stops your ball form rolling. You get an interference penalty (or whomever put the flag pole there, caddy is an extension of you).
Fritz, you're wrong:
17-3. Ball Striking Flagstick or Attendant
The player's ball must not strike:
a. The flagstick when it is attended, removed or held up;
b. The person attending or holding up the flagstick or anything carried by him; or
c. The flagstick in the hole, unattended, when the stroke has been made on the putting green.
Exception: When the flagstick is attended, removed or held up without the player's authority - see Rule 17-2.
Penalty for Breach of Rule 17-3:
Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes and the ball must be played as it lies.
Hitting the flagstick from off the green is fine.
The wedgies rule is fine with me. Except why change it when the old version was just as reasonable?
But why the ban on falling through the top? There are baskets out there with open tops. The goal is to get it in the basket. Next thing you know they'll get rid of the basket and make you just hit chains.
In ball golf, the next rule is almost like the disc resting on top rule, but resolves in the other direction:
17-4. Ball Resting Against Flagstick
When a player's ball rests against the flagstick in the hole and the ball is not holed, the player or another person authorized by him may move or remove the flagstick, and if the ball falls into the hole, the player is deemed to have holed out with his last stroke; otherwise, the ball, if moved, must be placed on the lip of the hole, without penalty.
99% of the putts that you leave short never go in.
The other 1% never had a chance.