PDGA rule #802.04: throwing from a stance

On Sunday, 20 October 2013, a new putting style emerged that allows maximum body

The 'new style' putt in use on hole 14 at Harrison Road. Photo by Charlie Jahr

The ‘new style’ putt in use on hole 14 at Harrison Road. Photo by Charlie Jahr

extension to the basket. This putting style requires a tricky approach shot, where the disc is lands near two trees that you can wedge your back foot in. Once the back foot is securely wedged between the trees, the golfer can lean as near to the basket as body and arm length allow. This is a stable body position that allows plenty of time to assess the shot at complete extension eliminating those ‘oops’ putts. It is a little more difficult to generate power from the full extension, but the ‘finger push’ technique, once practiced sufficiently, will generate sufficient spin and propulsion. This is a legal putt! The PDGA rules are below – check it out yourself:

802.04 Throwing from a Stance

  1. A player must choose the stance that will result in the least movement of any part of any obstacle that is a permanent or integral part of the course. Once a legal stance is taken, the player may not move an obstacle in any way in order to make room for a throwing motion. It is legal for a player’s throwing motion to cause incidental movement of an obstacle.
  2. When the disc is released, a player must:
    1. Have at least one supporting point that is in contact with the lie; and,
    2. Have no supporting point in contact with the marker disc or any object (including the playing surface) closer to the target than the rear edge of the marker disc; and,
    3. Have all supporting points in-bounds.
  3. Supporting point contact with or beyond the marker disc is permitted after the disc is released, except when putting.
  4. Putting: Any throw from within 10 meters of the target, as measured from the rear of the marker disc to the base of the target, is a putt. Supporting point contact closer to the target than the rear edge of the marker disc after the disc has been released is a stance violation. The player must demonstrate full control of balance before advancing toward the target.

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