Flogton Makes It Big Time
By Kickntrue on 5/10/11
Some of you may have heard of Flogton ("not golf" spelled backwards). Now more have. The reason, Flogton was featured this weeekend in the NY Times.
When golfers step out of bounds with the rules of the game, they usually feel guilty, or they do it when nobody is looking. Morris, however, is part of a group that displays brazen golf anarchy. The players are a walking laboratory for the Alternative Golf Association, also called Flogton (“not golf” spelled backward), which wants to increase participation in the game, even if it means bending or breaking some rules. Applying cooking spray or any other lubricant to the clubface to increase the length of a drive and improve its accuracy is but one of a number of heretical notions embraced by Flogton’s creators.The article is definitely worth checking out- if for nothing else than the pictures which include a perfectly executed "hand wedge" as well as a home-made sand wedge that features a cheese grater face (seriously).
Beyond the goofy fun of Flogton, I do wonder if this group has taken things too far. I'm FAR from a traditionalist when it comes to golf, but I wonder if it's really bunker shots and equipment restrictions that are keeping people from playing, as much as it is a reputation for being elitist with goofy dress codes and ridiculous rules (like losing a stroke when the wind blows your ball). While I'd love to go out and play a round with these guys (or just mess around on the range with some cooking spray and my driver) I can't see this ever catching on.
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i would like to see how the cheese grater wedge works...
sounds like a bunch of frisbee golfers that burn too much wacky.
Not a fan of Flogton.
I'm fine with the rules and dress code. I agree with @kick, the decline of new golfers is not due to bunkers and equipment. IMO, throughout the late 90's and 2000's the golf industry made a tactical error and went after the big spenders. They ignored 95% of their market and became elitists (borrowing kick's words). Golf quickly became too expensive for the average weekend warrior.
There is also the time investment required to improve. In our instant gratification society, golf is not a great fit.
I use to have this wedge called the T ReX. the grooves were about a half inch apart and a half inch deep. it looked goofy but you could spin it like Mic with a $4 a dozen topflight.
I kind of wanna fight these "Flogton" morons. This is not good for the game.
NY Times, great paper, great writing and very informative and all, and I read it all the time but over the years I have learned that there's a couple things that NYT don't know jack shit about, one of them being sports and the other being music, especially popular music.
If you don't like the rules, if it's too hard, or if you think it's too expensive, go play putt putt.
Bryan K says:
I do like the dress code that most courses enforce. I'm not a fan of hanging around scuzzy looking people.
Golf is a game enjoyed by a certain group of people that IMO are different than the norm. They have goals, aspirations and most of all they enjoy life. Not a life that everyone wants, but a life they chose and and one they get the most from.
The decline in numbers playing is more about life-change and time allocation: Family time, TV time, computer time, all things that take away from the golfers life. Better to spend 4 hours on a course than to watch re-runs of Gilligans Island or play the latest Game Console VR, even if it is windy and wet - IMO.
Talking about windy and wet, it is one of those days today and I'm on the tee in 1hr. Better go ;-)
I'm confused now,.... yesterday we were all ga ga about how Rory should be able to wear his hat backwards and be a punk. Now we are all about dress codes. Which is it?
Great all we need is a bunch of flogton d-bags hacking up the course on a Saturday morning. Here's a quote from the article, "Mulligans were permitted, one per hole." So now there are 8 lost tee shots to look for instead of 4! Aren't the clueless normal golfers bad enough? I mean there are plenty of people that have no idea about golf rules and etiquette that clog up the courses, damage greens and fairways, don't rake traps, and generally make the game less fun for the rest of us. Now we have a group that is consciously choosing to ignore the rules. Wonderful!
I don't have a problem with Flogton, as long as it's done properly. What we don't need is the 2 games trying to merge and be played on the same course at the same time. As long as you know ahead of time that it's "Flogton Day" at the local muni, or a course has decided to adopt the Flogton Rules as it's normal rules of play, I'm OK with it.
Other sports/hobbies/activities have multiple sets of rules for different versions. We all play "house" Monopoly rules. 8-ball, 9-ball, straight pool. 10 pin, candle pin, duck pin bowling. Half court vs. full court basketball. Touch, 2-hand touch, flag, tackle football.
All these floggers need to pick up a frisbee and play disc golf.
Didn't the Times just have an article about an illegal ant-slice golf ball? What does the oobgolf world think about playing with an illegal ball that may or may not help weekend warriors with their games? IMHO - It's not helping anyone with their golf game because using this ball is CHEATING!
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