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IDEA OUTSIDE THE SQUARE Thinking about ways to make professional golf more exciting I came up with an idea which would change the monotony of hitting up the middle and lag putts.
Let’s reward risk taking instead of safety, let’s introduce weird and wonderful shots compared to up the middle every time. The idea is mark various zones worth certain points so by the end of the hole it’s the player with the most points who wins. Let’s say off the tee a spot is marked on the fairway, which encourages some risk to get there and is worth four points. The safe option is worth just one point. This would then dictate where the second shot is played from, thus encouraging harder shots that require innovation or flair. An approach zone could be marked as well with the safe shot worth less points than the riskier area which, for example, requires you to hit a high draw, a bump and run or something else weird and wonderful. On the greens you could also mark zones at six feet, 12 feet, 20 feet and beyond. Hit your approach shot into the closest zone to the hole, the more points you earn. The approach shot coming from the more difficult zone earns you bonus points. The zones on the green would then reverse for putting with inside six feet say worth one point and outside 20 feet worth four points, meaning even if the players approach wasn’t fantastic, if he sinks that long putt he’s still a chance to win instead of hitting a safe lag putt.
This is just an idea which would require some refining definitely, but what it would introduce is more tactical play, encourage risk taking and a course played differently than if it was just a regular stroke play tournament. We would also see those shots only a pro can hit and leave us in awe of. Michael Rodgers via e-mail