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  • Alignment Lines on Balls to be Against the Rules?

    Played with a guy today who said he had heard that when the next rules update comes out, they will not allow alignment lines on balls, presumably including lines you put on there yourself, never mind the lines there by the manufacturer.

    Has anyone else heard this?

    What happens if my identifying mark is 3 dots and a line?

  • #2
    Maybe they were referring to this article? Ball manufacturers would have to change their markings, especially Callaway and Titleist with their balls specifically designed with lines on them for alignment. I'm sure they'll push back on any proposed changes.
    The act of applying a line to your ball with the intent to help with alignment isn’t specifically addressed in the rules. But it feels unfair.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by wlorcb View Post
      Played with a guy today who said he had heard that when the next rules update comes out, they will not allow alignment lines on balls, presumably including lines you put on there yourself, never mind the lines there by the manufacturer.

      Has anyone else heard this?

      What happens if my identifying mark is 3 dots and a line?
      It will never happen. The RBs have just approved lines on ball markers.
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      • #4
        If you can still line up a putter that has 2-3 full-sized white ball alignment markers on the top, then I don't see them outlawing a line on the ball.
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        • #5
          I wouldn't hate that idea.

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          • #6
            not going to happen.
            every ball form the first Haskell had an alignment mark.

            it may just be the name of the ball, but it's all you need.
            things change

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            • #7
              hope not - that's an integral part of my putting routine!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by TheBaconator View Post
                Maybe they were referring to this article? Ball manufacturers would have to change their markings, especially Callaway and Titleist with their balls specifically designed with lines on them for alignment. I'm sure they'll push back on any proposed changes.
                I know that this article is an opinion piece. However, IMO, it's nothing more than a 'strict reading' of the rules coupled with an over-developed sense of one's own interpretation of what the original Rules of Golf really intended.

                Again, IMO, there is no way that the original Rules of Golf would have considered a line on a ball as an 'object'. Also, the balls used back then were barely round nor were the green surfaces anywhere near the condition that we all typically enjoy today.

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                • #9
                  There's no advantage if the rules are applied to everyone is all I gotta say. Lines I don't care about.

                  We should create a thread of rule changes...some of mine are

                  >I'd like no green reading books. No slope info anywhere shall be documented.
                  > Tour issues the course books and that's what you got to use. Everyone gets the same book. This is not a open book exam that you can write info in.
                  >I'd like a rule that says only the player is allowed to read putts. Caddy shall stay away from the line of the putt.
                  >no grounding of the club behind the ball in the rough. very "slight" touching grass is OK.
                  > let's make things interesting. why can't we have uneven/sloped tee off areas.
                  > ball in divot should be taken out and you're allowed a drop within 1 club and you must try to duplicate the lie as best as possible ie slope

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                  • #10
                    It would definitely improve pace of play... read the putt, line up the line on the ball, check the ball, re-align the line on the ball, check the ball... nope, still not good, change the direction of the line by a half a degree... practice stroke... practice stroke... read the putt again, verify the line... practice stroke..

                    I have seen some variation of this too many times, only for the player to pound the ball past the hole or leave it woefully short... especially from amateurs with very poor green reading ability to begin with.

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                    • #11
                      I'm all in for banning green contour books and will go as far as yardage books during play. Study them back in the motel before the game. It's not like the course rota changes much including the combind IQ of player and Caddy.lol
                      That's what practice rounds are for. If the caddy and the player can't get it down then, tough.
                      things change

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                      • #12
                        as for the lines on the ball. I think this is a direct slap at Callaway's Tri-line which does improve the ball's alignment perspective to the hole. Combine that with Callaway's Odyssey tri-ball putter and you have a potent combination.
                        But multiple alignment lines have been around for decades. It was the "secret" behind the Zebra putters success
                        things change

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by AdiosAmigo View Post
                          I wouldn't hate that idea.
                          Me either. I don’t touch my ball if I don’t have to, and put it blank side up when I do.
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                          • #14
                            Wouldn't affect me. I tried it years ago when it first became popular but hated it.

                            It always felt like the line was just a little bit off and should be adjusted and adjusted and adjusted. And then I still felt it was off during the stroke so made a very unconfident stroke. That lasted about 30 minutes. Clearly it's not for everyone.

                            If there are some sort of linear markings on the ball, I'll turn it over too so there's no distraction.
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                            • #15
                              I stopped worrying about the ball alignment years ago. I figured it was a bigger distraction trying to line up/rotate the ball to my intended line than it was to just pick a spot a foot or two away and putt through to that spot - how the ball was sitting/lined up didn't matter. Putting routine is much more relaxed which for me was the biggest win.

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