Bryson DeChambeau said he will take advantage of a new rule in 2019 that allows golfers to putt from the green while leaving the flagstick in and unattended.
DeChambeau says a new rule that allows competitors to putt the ball with the flagstick in the hole will benefit him.
DeChambeau, winner of four PGA Tour titles and known for his scientific approach to the game, recently told Golf.com at a photo shoot that he plans to leave the flagstick in while putting -- unless he's at the U.S. Open, where the sticks are made of a different material.
"It depends on the COR -- the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick," DeChambeau said. "In U.S. Opens, I'll take it out. And every other tour event, when it's fiberglass, I'll leave it in and bounce against the flagstick if I need to."
The rule was amended mostly for recreational players and pace of play issues, as it can simply be easier and faster to not remove the flagstick.
But DeChambeau sees it helping him.
"Oh, absolutely," he said. "The USGA's gonna have to go back on that one. Like, 'No! We made the hole bigger!'"
It will depend also on wind direction and speed in relation to his putting line, as well ambient temperature and humidity conditions.
So many factors to consider.
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