Naga Munchetty: Under The New Rules Of Golf

Under the new Rules of Golf, Women & Golf's columnist, Naga Munchetty, knows exactly when she wants the flag left in or taken out, and we'd be interested to hear your views too.

As the next edition of Women & Golf is on the shelves NOW, here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect from columnist Naga Munchetty this month.

At the Betfred British Masters pro-am, it wasn’t the slowest round ever either, as these things tend to be. I think a little of that was because most of us embraced the new rule allowing us to putt with the flag left in. I have some definite personal preferences here. If it’s a long way away (more than 15ft) leave it in, otherwise it comes out.

However, I recently had one of the worst medal rounds in recent years, it was after a rather “lively” night out and I knew before I went out that I was looking at a 0.1 increase to handicap. However. I was determined to still play my best and focus, if only out of respect to my playing partner. We knew it would be a slow round as we were in the middle of the field of the men’s medal competition off the championship tees, and we were just a two-ball after someone had dropped out.

She liked the flag in ALL the time, regardless of the length of putt. At the start of the round we played ready golf so that the flag could come out for me to roll in a 5-footer after she had tapped one in. This was fine, but as my golf got worse and my enthusiasm for trying my best faded, I ended up just leaving the flag in all the time for the sake of ease. It wasn’t too bad ... until I finished the 18th hole with a 12. I hit five trees, lost one ball and saw a six-inch putt lip out of the hole because it hit the flag.

I’m sticking with my original theory with the flag, but I will say to all players, don’t forget about ready golf, and being able to play out of turn. Otherwise our flag preferences could see even longer rounds of golf because of flag-in, flag-out hokey pokey. Let’s all make sure we keep using common sense!

This is just a snippet of Naga Munchetty’s full article in the latest issue of Women & Golf magazine. You can pick up Women & Golf, on sale NOW, or click here to subscribe now to read the full feature and enjoy W&G delivered to your door!


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