Originally Posted by james_mccaine
Falling putts are difficult to enforce. Just refer to the page in the original post and the high-speed video. I see some every tourney and wonder if the putts were legal.
This problem can be avoided with different rules, and this proposal will go a long way in addressing the issue.
Another way to deal with rules that are hard to enforce is the way we deal with a disc that lands near out of bounds in deep weeds. In that circumstance the rules require a player to play the lie in such a way that the other players in his group can verify that his disc was in bounds before he picks it up. If you play and pick up before anyone can confirm it as in bounds, the group can penalize you for out of bounds. Some self-called sports have a general rule of sportsmanship that the game should be played in such a way that your competitors can verify that you are playing by the rules.
Under the current rules, if one player says, "Foot fault," and the other two say, "I don't know. That happens so fast, I can never tell," we don't have a second. If you have a general rule of sportsmanship requiring observable compliance with the rules, those other two players are now confirming the call by their abstention rather than negating it.
Another way we could deal with all of the kinds of things that happen to fast to call would be to make that sort of play a courtesy violation.