United States golfer Bryson Dechambeau pulls the flag

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Golf's Super Nerd Explained Why He'll Putt with the Pin in

He says problems could arise when he wants to leave the flagstick in more often than his playing partner. 

November 02, 2018 - 10:52 am

There's a new PGA rule coming in 2019 that allows players to leave the flagstick in the the hole for putts. Bryson DeChambeau believes that rule will probably be changed or new flagsticks will be made because he's planning to take full advantage of it. 

It used to be, if a player putts a ball from the green and hits the pin then there would be a two-stroke penalty. Starting Jan. 1 2019, players can use that pin like a backboard to help sink putts. 

DeChambeau is planning to leave it in – with careful calculations. In a recent conversation with GOLF.com, he explained in complicated detail, how he'll determine to leave the flag in or not. 

“It depends on the COR, the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick. 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 that ball against the flagstick if I need to.

 “It’s a higher propensity for it to go in the hole if it’s fiberglass compared to metal.” 

Coefficent of restitution. 



DeChambeau is a four-time PGA TOUR winner known to spend an inordinate amount of time and effort in researching unique ways to improve his scores. 

“All I try to do is use every aspect of the game of golf to my advantage," DeChambeau told PGATour.com.  "I try to use the rules to my advantage in the most positive way possible. Not trying to skirt around anything, just use them.”

He says problems could arise when he wants to leave it in more often than his playing partner. 

“Inside a certain distance it could become a problem. Most people are going to want the flagstick out and I’m going to want the flagstick in. There are going to be weird instances where I want it in because I know it is a benefit. If it’s a 20 to 30-footer I’ll just put it in and it might add a little time taking it in and out.

“So I don’t know how I am going to deal with that ... it is certainly going to be interesting.”