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At the USDGC this year the TD wanted to have a rules exception that would create a putting circle around the basket 1.5 meters out. If your disc landed within this radius then you would have to mark it somewhere along the circle creating a 5 foot putt instead of a drop in the reasoning being that a drop in is not a good golf shot and you can merely drop it in even place it in without a throw, that is somehow seen as wrong anyway what an absurd idea, really dumb, anyone care to defend the new proposed rule?

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i have talked this over with alot of players and have yet to hear that this rule is anything but dumb ,there are too many other ways to add challenge's to the game.how is a 4.5 ft putt a better golf shot than the upshot that put it under the basket...what next throwing a flaming disc past a bear on a unicycle.our sport needs credibilty not putt putt golf mentality.
I've asked every one I've played with since seeing this rule suggestion and I get the same results...once they realize I'm serious they laugh a little and shake their heads.
Why this is even a consideration doesn't make sense.
Human nature is resistant to change despite the benefits of a new ideas. For example, the layout of the keyboard is based on mechanical factors when the typewriter was invented in the 1800s. We still can't shake it today even though the Dvorak layout has made more sense ergonomically and is faster. Suppose the basket was originally designed with a wide base so your disc couldn't get any closer than 5 feet and we had played that way for 20 years. Then someone came along and designed the basket the way it is today. You would hear all of the complaining about how much easier the game was becoming and people would be calling these new fangled baskets "cheater" baskets because your disc could get all the way under them. It all depends on where you originally come from when forming your opinions. This is not a defense of the proposed 5 ft circle which I don't think has enough positives to make the change, but more highlighting the knee jerk reactions of people who don't consider new ideas on their potential merits and are mentally trapped in the current way of doing things.
"Suppose the basket was originally designed with a wide base"
But it wasn't. If we use "What ifs" to discuss any topic we can go on forever.

"This is not a defense of the proposed 5 ft circle which I don't think has enough positives to make the change, but more highlighting the knee jerk reactions of people who don't consider new ideas on their potential merits and are mentally trapped in the current way of doing things."
I see people considering new ideas if they make any sense, this one makes no sense.
What if the original basket did not have a chain assembly on top and was just an open basket more like a hole in golf? Again, the first inventor who added a deflection device like chains would have been scorned. As much as people like to think they are objective in their comments, they usually are not. Now Jim Palmeri is scorned when he comes out with an open basket as a way to make putting more challenging and like golf.
What does any of this have to with making people move back 5 feet from where their shot landed? It's a stupid rule to consider no matter how many "what ifs" anyone uses as an example.
The fact you use the term "stupid" indicates little thought about the logic behind why it was proposed in the first place. The idea was never stupid. But the benefits were not strong enough to offset the downside.
I use the term stupid after thinking why this idea was born in the first place, I've put too much thought into it if anything...
I don't mean to insult anyone, I do understand the work it takes to run anything disc golf, I've put my time in back in the day. I just can not see any reason for this rule and maybe should have chose my word better. But that's what came to mind.
I realize you were influenced by the very title of the thread which was the primary example of my premise of many being mentally trapped by tradition.
I like that...."mentally trapped by tradition"


the best I could do is "You guys got your heads up your.......read the damn thread" LMAO !!!!!!!


To say this thread is misleading....is somewhat of an understatement.
I don't think that is the case at all, Chuck. I think it is more likely that we like the game just fine the way it is except for the rules that are less than clear. A very clear rewriting of the main rules would do more good for the integrity of the game.

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