Originally Posted by bruceuk
Pete: I think I addressed this with my falling putt argument. IMO making violations obvious and infrequent will do a great deal to remove the perceived stigma in calling them. I've rarely seen an overbalanced putt inside the circle not called, maybe a couple of borderline ones where balance was dubious got a quiet word on the way to the next tee instead, but the majority are called.
I believe there are way more stance violations in non-putting situations than in putting situations.
My example was on the tee. How would adding circles or squares or 30m marks have changed my situation? Just me making the call made a scene. One guy said he thew with a foot in the air, one guy said both feet were down and on the tee, I said both feet were down with only 1 on the tee. One remained quiet until later in the hole to keep himself focused.
We can tweak the rules all we want but until the players step up and enforce the rules it won't matter. The calls will remain infrequent and inconsistent. In a largely self officiated sport that is a huge problem. I don't have the answer.
I appreciate your efforts at improving the stance rules. Because I see the bigger problem to be on the people side and not as much on the technical definitions I am still skeptical on the impact however.