Originally Posted by Chuck Kennedy
The main reason for the rule wording as it is currently is to prevent jump putts inside 10m, not necessarily to prevent awkward unbalanced flailing. Considering that a player has 3 seconds in which to call a foot fault, I'm wondering if simply requiring that the person putting not place any supporting point in front of their lie for at least 3 (4?) seconds after release would be a sufficient rule tweak? No mention of balance required then.
In the Barsby example, that would likely be a foot fault under this proposed 3 second rule. After releasing the putt, the person could have their non-stance foot poised in the air for 3 seconds, even beyond the lie like the Karate Kid crane move, and then place it down. It might look theatrical but it still takes some control of balance to pull that off (even if the person subsequently falls on the ground).
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Well lets get rid of the falling putt limitation within 10 meters and make all jump putts legal regardless of distance from the basket and we will not have these silly situations where we need to decipher if the individual maintained their balance
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It seems like a good addition but I personally think the entire 3 second limitation on the foot fault is a little bit ridiculous anyways. Most people do not even carry a watch to determine when three minutes are up for a lost disc let alone a stop watch to know for sure it was 3 seconds. If the foot faulter challenges the 3 second time calling and no one in the group has a stop watch showing the time of the call, doubt goes to the thrower anyways. How can you honestly say ya it was less than 3 seconds, I was totally watching his release point and it was for sure under 3 seconds when I called it. What do you think group, Player 1 well I wasn't really watching the time, Player 2 me neither, Player Called No.
Besides for a tap out putt where we have 4 individuals standing around a basket at a distance of 5 feet, just our of reach for a drop in putt we need to wait for 3 seconds before moving forward to remove our disc so the next guy can putt because he is afraid of a bounce out?