ASK GOLF DIGEST
I would like to putt like Jordan Spieth. I’m curious about his le-hand-low grip. Can you explain what he’s doing?
We want to putt like him, too! There must be some magic potion for always making that 25-footer when you really need it. As for the technical aspects of Spieth’s cross-handed grip, the young Texan overlaps his right index and middle ngers over the ring and pinkie knuckles of his left hand. (The more common methods of going left-hand low are to place all 10 ngers directly on the handle or overlap just the top index nger.) “Jordan does this because he’s actually left-handed, so the more he can feel the putter in his left hand, the better his touch and control,” says Cameron McCormick, Spieth’s longtime coach. That’s right: Spieth played baseball left-handed as a kid and still shoots a basketball left-handed. We hear he gets a hot hand there, too. ●●●●
Our club plays a competition over two days where the golfers can choose which day to play. Can the tees and pin positions change between the two days?
It depends what kind of competition it is. If it’s stroke play, holes and teeing grounds must be the same for all competitors (Rule 33-2b). If it’s match play, teeing grounds or holes can be changed if needed as long as the golfers in each match compete on the same setup (see Decision 25-1b/4). ●●●●
What happens if your fellow-competitor is your marker – that is, he’s keeping your score – and he loses the scorecard? Is there a penalty?
As long as you submit a scorecard at the end of the round with your name and scores on it, signed by you and your marker, it will be accepted, even if it’s not the o cial card, according to Rule 6-6a/7. Keep in mind that you are responsible for making sure an accurate scorecard gets handed in. If your marker is as irresponsible as he sounds, you might want to check those numbers again. ●●●●
After a bad hole, my buddy will often say, “I’ll just take the max of a triple on this hole.” Is this a real thing?
Well, taking a maximum score for handicap purposes is a real thing. (And it’s a good thing because it helps with pace of play.) But in South Africa nobody’s max score is a triple on every hole.The SAGA handicap system has a feature called Equitable Stroke Control, which limits the number of shots you can take on a hole when posting your score. If your course handicap is 18 or less, the most you can take is a double bogey. For handicaps of 19 and more, you are allowed a triple bogey only on those holes where you receive a double shot. A 20-handicap would be allowed to record triple bogeys at the stroke 1 and 2 holes.