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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 129
M ATT Every was a tad unlucky to be disqualified from the Sony Open on Friday. His was a mistake any one of us who often finds our ball in close proximity to trees, could make. In case you missed it, the American was DQ'd in Hawaii midway through Round 2 after he discovered he had used the very same 4-iron that he bent playing a shot from behind a tree the previous day. Every put the bent club back in his bag but forgot to replace it overnight. After he played his second shot into the par-5 18th the following day – his ninth hole of the round – Every noticed the bend in the club and called a penalty on himself. Honorable, of course. Unfortunate, too. After a lengthy discussion with the rules official, he was eventually given the marching orders for 'using a non-conforming club'. Unfortunately, thems the rules kiddo. Every's disqualification led me to thinking about some of the rules in golf that at times seem grossly unfair. Considering the number of times we've seen serial club-snappers Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy continue on their merry way because they've remembered not to put the pieces of their offending club back in the bag, seems to me more detrimental to our game. Let's get this straight: Every was not a 'victim' of the Rules as suggested by some in the golf media – as a professional, he should have known better. But to be disqualified for such a small infraction is what sets me at odds with many of golf's rules. Too often the penalty far outweighs the severity of the supposed crime. In recent years we've seen the furore over that Tiger Woods' ball drop at the Masters (not to mention his 'oscillating problems' at the 2013 BMW Championship),and Simon Dyson's DQ for tapping his ball on a green last year highlighted another overzealous rule in my eyes. And don't get me started on the number of players who've been DQ'd for signing an incorrect scorecard. (Seriously, is this a sport or an accounting course?) Golf needs a softening of some of these overly penal and outdated rules if it's to attract more players. But, of course, it'll never happen. Why? Because 'the rules are the rules'. OTG FLIP IT & RIP IT. TM Introducing our first-ever front-to-back FLIPZONETM adjustable weight technology. Flip the weight forward for a penetrating ball flight that generates more roll. Or, flip it back for a towering flight path and carry those hazards that used to get in your head. Its two settings deliver the perfect distance and trajectory for your swing. GAME CHANGED Find which setting is right for your game at cobragolf.com.au/fly-z the VIEW EVERY MAN'S MISTAKE Why the Rules of Golf are hurting the game's future. with Damian Shutie OTG Editor-in-chief
OTG Express 128
OTG Express 130