A golf course that goes well with putting… As it turned out, I raised the hole cup

May 11, 2023 0 Comments

Last March, there was an unfunny happening that the 2023 Srixon Tour 1st qualifying tournament, the second part of the Korea Professional Golf Association (KPGA), was canceled during the game (see page 26 of the March 22 issue of the Kukmin Daily).

The reason was that the hole size was increased by about 6 mm from the regulation. To be precise, it was ignoring the golf rules that ‘the diameter of the hole cup is 108mm, the depth is at least 101.6mm, and the cylinder must be buried at least 25mm below the ground’.

There is a good reason for bringing up this happening again. The increase in the size of the hole cup is because it is not only the golf course where the tournament was held. This is because it has already spread like an epidemic to many golf courses, and many golf courses are openly committing this.

There are three theories about the origin of the golf hole cup size. First, when golf was first introduced, only a small hole was dug on the green and used as a hole cup, but it was not uncommon for the hole to disappear completely when it rained or a typhoon blew. The hole cup was born as a last resort to prevent this. Because of the rim and shape of early cups, the ball did not enter easily. The hole cup with a diameter of 4.25 inches (108 mm) appeared to compensate for such shortcomings.

Another argument is that it is made to the minimum size that can be taken out by an adult man’s hand with a golf ball inside. The last argument is that in 1829, a golf club in Scotland made a hole-piercing tool by cutting an iron pipe, and the diameter of the iron pipe was 108 mm.

The fact that some golf courses have installed one or two so-called ‘big holes’ the size of a spoon for events can be regarded as charming. However, increasing the diameter of all 18 hole cups by 6 to 8 mm is a direct disregard for the basic spirit of golf.

It is no different from arbitrarily increasing the size of the goalpost and basket in a soccer or basketball game to score more goals. It deserves to be criticized as an act that violates the spirit of sports that emphasizes the rules.토토사이트

The reason for doing so is obvious. It can’t be anything but a shallow ploy to increase the number of built-in teams by speeding up the game somewhat. There is another goal of the golf course. It is a well-calculated trick to increase the number of built-ins by making golfers who are unaware of this fact think that if they come only to the golf course, they will putt well and get better stroke count.

It is regrettable that some golf courses are riding all-in only on operating profits, as golf is becoming more and more entertainment and caricature. Under no circumstances should the so-called ‘golf spirit’ be damaged.

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