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Dottie Pepper on Rule Changes and more Important Topics!

Dottie Pepper on Rule Changes and more Important Topics!

Dottie Pepper on Rule Changes and more Important Topics!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Dottie Pepper should be President!  I have always admired Dottie Pepper, the feisty winner of 17 LPGA Tour events, including 2 majors. Pepper was also the heart and soul of six Solheim Cup teams before injuries forced early retirement.  Now an analyst for ESPN, Dottie recently weighed in on new rulings by the USGA, such as the anchoring ban and the inadmissibility of scores for handicapping when rounds are played solo.
Pepper also challenges golf’s governing bodies by emphasizing the real issues that need review: the pace of play, green speeds, today’s golf ball, and caddies lining up golf shots.

Whether you agree with all of Dottie’s views or not, you can’t argue that she makes an apparent and supportive case for each issue.  Wish our Presidential candidates demonstrated this same ability!

Thanks to ESPN.go.com and Dottie Pepper for this insightful article! (Written January 1st, 2016.)

We are just days away from Rule 14-1b regarding the anchoring of a golf stroke going into effect, some three-plus years after it came on everyone’s radar.

And I am more convinced than ever this is a bad move.

Not because of the impact it will have on senior golf at every level, or championship golf, or even teaching the game. It’s because of the exceptions within the rule, the lack of clarity it provides and the more important issues the ruling bodies should be focusing on rather than anchored strokes. Rule 14-1b, as officially announced in May 2013, prohibits anchoring the club either directly or by use of an anchor point in making a stroke. This is fine on the surface, but let’s take a more in-depth look at the layers of this ruling and the long-term impact.

Dottie Pepper on Rule Changes and more Important Topics!

For decades, golf’s ruling bodies approved of the anchored method, with many of the thoughts being:

1. It will be pretty much confined to senior golf (quickly proven untrue on all professional tours and top-level amateur golf around the world).
2. No one will win a major championship with a long or anchored putter (seeAdam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els and others).
3. No one will ever teach the anchored method to youngsters. (USGA President Tom O’Toole Jr.’s young son used to encourag him to learn this method by his professional, thus sending Mr. O’Toole, by his own admission, to his breaking point to take the side of the anchoring ban.

The information about implementation of the rule on the USGA’s website is seven — yes, seven — long pages when printed. The rule itself reads like the tax code and includes exceptions that undercut the strength of the rule, like Matt Kuchar‘s method of putting where he braces the putter grip against his forearm. I have yet to hear an explanation of this particular method that dissuades me from thinking it is an anchored stroke.

Dottie Pepper on Rule Changes and more Important Topics!

Why not say a player might only have up to two points of contact with the club, those points being either one or two hands?

This certainly would make it much cleaner and simpler, especially when the big scream about the rules of golf (and the decisions) are centered on their complexity and difficulty to understand.

Furthermore, the reversal of the previous decision and the course of action with the “because we said so” air undermines the authority of the ruling bodies. I applaud the current USGA and R&A leadership and committees for being more active in protecting the integrity and future of the game, but not like this.

I also disagree with the USGA’s announcement just prior to Thanksgiving that “scores made while playing alone will no longer be acceptable [for] handicap purposes.” Unless the USGA has a larger motive for a global handicapping code (the United Kingdom, among others, does not allow for solo scores to count toward handicapping), then the organization talking about making itself more inclusive has done exactly the opposite.

From a personal standpoint, one of the biggest attractions to the game was the opportunity for solitary participation.

There was no need for someone on the other side of the net to return a shot or even to practice with me. I was raised in a very average, working-class family where both parents held jobs and I played at a working-to-middle-class club just a mile from home. I could ride my bike back and forth to McGregor Links with my eyes closed and knew every blade of grass on the course.

It would have been nearly impossible to find people to play with during regular hours in order to verify my scores by “peer review.” Scores are needed to be eligible for entry to the local, regional and statewide competitions.  These paved the way for what has become an incredibly blessed life in and around the game. My life would have taken a very different course if I had to have someone sign every time I needed scores.

Par and personal bests were better than any “peer review” I could ever imagine.  My own measuring stick for my dreams of earning a college scholarship and degree.  Becoming a professional and a major champion.  And ultimately someone who is still involved in the game more than 40 years later.

Dottie Pepper on Rule Changes and more Important Topics!

Good on Golf Canada for feeling much the same way and not enforcing the USGA’s “peer review” ruling.

We need to be putting ourselves in the position of growing the game at every level and not putting up more roadblocks.

As a game, golf has a number of issues that need much more attention and energy than the two just addressed.  Such as speed of play, green speeds, the huge distances today’s golf ball travels in concert with the current club technology.  And caddies lining up their players during competition.

To read the rest of Dottie Pepper’s insights, go here!

Source: ESPN.go.com    Dottie Pepper

Pictures: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images   Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images   TownePost Network

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Here is the Good and the Bad for the 2015 LPGA Season!

Here is the Good and the Bad for the 2015 LPGA Season!

Here is the Good and the Bad for the 2015 LPGA Season!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Dottie Pepper, writing for ESPN W, gives us her insight into the year that was, 2015!  There were a lot of great things that happened on the LPGA Tour.  But, according to Dottie, there are things that could have been better!  Things like poor attendance to LPGA events and the performance of the Americans. (definitely, a link here as Americans like Americans to win!)  Of course, there are such a lot of positive things happening on the LPGA Tour right now, and I for one cannot wait to see Lydia Ko and Inbee Park go head to head in 2016.  Let’s hope that some American women can step up to the plate in the coming year!

For the third consecutive year, we’ll take this time to look back at the good, bad and the ugly of the LPGA Tour’s season. And, just as last year, there’s much more good than either bad or ugly.

The Good

1. Youth movement:

Among the 31 events on the 2015 LPGA schedule, 11 were won by a player under the age of 21 at the time of her victory and nearly half (15) were won by players under 23.

2. Balance:

Cristie Kerr won twice this year, at the KIA Classic while still a 37-year-old and the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship as a 38-year-old, crossing the $17 million mark in career earnings in the process.

3. Momentum and the 2016 schedule:

Commissioner Mike Whan now has what he considers the perfect number of official events on the LPGA schedule: 33. That has increased by a whopping 10 events in five years, and total purse money has been upped by more than $20 million to a record $63.1 million in a time that many would argue the Great Recession is still not over.

North American events have increased from 15 just five years ago to what will be 23 in 2016, including a new event in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and another new tournament beginning in 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Total televised hours have nearly doubled in that same five-year span, while network weekend coverage has tripled from two to six events.

Here is the Good and the Bad for the 2015 LPGA Season!

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If you thought the men had a youth movement in golf, the LPGA Tour’s champions in 2015 got younger and then some with nearly half its winners under the age of 23, including five-time champion Lydia Ko, who is only 18 — and world No. 1.

4. Drama:

The formula and format of the Race to the CME Globe is absolutely top notch with the season finale not only contested over a quality golf course at Tiburon GC in Naples, Florida, but with a points reset that rewards both season-long consistency and playing a full schedule.

The format infuses just enough drama for players to endure to finish out the season in top form, as witnessed by this weekend’s event. Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis each could have won the $1 million bonus with a win at Tiburon, but because none of them won the actual golf tournament, it brought a hard-charging Lexi Thompson into the bonus mix.

During the final round, Ko, Park and Thompson were each, at various points, projected to take home the seven-figure haul. The two biggest LPGA awards, the Rolex Player of the Year and Vare Trophy (for lowest scoring average), were also undecided until the final hole of the year with Ko taking home the first award and Park winning the second, thus giving her the final point she needed to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame after she completes her 10th year of membership in 2016.

To see what Dottie Pepper thinks of the good and bad things on the LPGA Tour for 2015, go here!

Source:  ESPN W  Dottie Pepper

Pictures: USA Today  Depositphotos.

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Dottie Pepper - a great choice to replace Feherty on CBS.

Dottie Pepper – a great choice to replace Feherty on CBS.

Dottie Pepper – a great choice to replace Feherty on CBS.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Former LPGA Player Dottie Pepper was the most prominent female golf analyst at NBC Sports from 2004 until 2012. She had also done spots for ESPN.

Pepper was recently hired to replace David Feherty as an on-course reporter for CBS for the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season.

This is a great move, in my opinion. As CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus says “… Dottie is one of the most respected and insightful analysts in golf. She has played and covered the sport at its highest levels and her reputation, contacts, and relationships are outstanding.”

Pepper won 17 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, including 2 majors. One of my favorite memories of Dottie was seeing her play on the Solheim Cup team. I don’t believe there’s ever been a more emotional player in golf. She was an absolute lightening rod who amped up the American players every day!

See an interview with Dottie Pepper and Kyle Porter below.

Dottie Pepper has had a long, great career as a player and broadcaster. (Getty Images)
Dottie Pepper has had a long, great career as a player and broadcaster. (Getty Images)

Dottie Pepper has been hired to replace David Feherty as an on-course reporter for CBS for the 2015-16 PGA Tour season. It’s a good get by CBS and, as someone who watches an absurd amount of golf, one I’m looking forward to.

Pepper is straight pro and loads of fun to listen to.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus agrees with me.

“Dottie is one of the most respected and insightful analysts in golf,” said McManus. “She has played and covered the sport at its highest levels and her reputation, contacts and relationships within the game are outstanding. We have the strongest ensemble of voices in golf, and the addition of Dottie to our team makes us even stronger and deeper.”

I did a Q&A with Pepper recently to discuss her new job.

What are you most excited about?

“First and foremost is getting back into the live golf arena on a regular basis. It’s mostly live golf and the events CBS covers. You’re talking about two major championships, they’re events that matter. They matter a lot. That was the biggest thing for me.”

Check the rest of the interview with Dottie Pepper right here!

Source: CBS Sports   Kyle Porter

Pictures: Getty Images  eapcontent.ap.org

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