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I was watching the Music City Open on youtube last night. Barry Schultz called Nikko Locastro out on a foot foul. It was an inside the circle putt. I NEVER saw EITHER of Nikko's feet leave the ground after watching over and over. But, someone in the group called the second on Barry's call, and Nikko had to re-putt.
I looked in the PDGA Rulebook, but I didn't see exactly what constitutes a Foot Foul. Anyone????
I tell you what these ticky tacky rules sure do take the fun out of the sport since I see no advantage for the player in these situations with foot faults and leaning forward a little. I started playing tourneys and got fed up with other players focusing more attention on looking for faults with every part of your game to gain an advantage on you, that it just ruined it for me. Don't get me wrong I'm not one that legitimately breaks the rules or doesn't care, I try to go by the rules as much as possible. But yea, I've watched a few videos with Nikko being called out for foot faults and I cannot see why they would ever be called. Left foot lined up 1/2 inch or less from the marker is going to make that big of a difference in your putt, really?? There's an imaginary line there for goodness shakes.
Yeah, and the NFL should chill out when just a little bit of a player's foot was out-of-bounds back at the 26 yard line, before he ran in for what otherwise would have been a touchdown. Probably ruined the game for that player. The nerve! Trying to "gain an advantage" by enforcing the rules!
To answer the original question, a foot fault ot foot foul is anything that violates the many stance rules. Nikko is a serial violator.
As to whether a player gains an advantage by foot faulting, why would a pro violate the rules if he was NOT gaining an advantage? Are you saying he's just ignorant and does not know the rules? I've met Nikko. He seems very bright, well above average. I'm sure he has read and understands the rules.
Can't argue with the rules but:
like basketball you really need an official. Someone non-biased involved.
Everyone in the group can call a foot fault, even if it did not happen....
Would personally like to see the foot fault revamped to let a person fall forward of the lie.
Who really cares if you go in front of the lie after the disc is in the air?
How many 'jump shots' in basketball have the body in motion?
Believe this was originally someone's idea with good intention, it has created more controversy than necessary.
Jump putting is one of the most exciting parts of the game of disc golf.
It's pretty cool when someone leaps for a putt 75 or so feet away and it goes in.
Don't you think if these shots were promoted more, someone outside of the game would be interested to watch?
I see it as potential for an equivalent to a 'dunking' contest in basketball.
See the big picture here.
Chuck how can we get this rule repealed?
When it comes to placing your feet before the putt, can see it.
I for one in a tournament do not want to be concerned about someone else.
It distracts my own thoughts.
Saw the video, like I said, unwanted controvery.
Change the rule.
umm..... can't someone fall after the throw if they're 75 feet away?
The rule says so.
I'd like to see the falling from ANY distance removed.
IMHO "Is this inside?" is an unnecessary question. SRSLY if you need to jump putt from 33 feet out, maybe you need a lighter putter.
So golfers must carry an accurate tape measure, for a putt that's close to 33 feet.
See my point.