803.04 Stance, Subsequent to Teeing Off
A. When the disc is released, a player must:
(1) Have at least one supporting point that is in contact with the playing surface on the line
of play and within 30 centimeters directly behind the marker disc (except as specified in
I am compelled to bring this up once again. I don't understand why it is so hard to get this point across.
A player recently was discussing his efforts to learn the jump putt. He described the advantage to the style as being closer to the basket when you release. I pointed out that he still needed to have a point of contact behind his lie at the time of release. He said, this is what he thought too, but had recently argued with 3 jump putters on his card about this. They convinced him that the technique involved actually leaving the ground prior to release.
This may have been a mis-understanding on his part, but I thought I should bring it up again. If you are executing the jump putt by leaving the ground prior to release, you are breaking the rules of disc golf. There is no disputing that. There may be a dispute about whether this is actually giving you an advantage; Cydisc pointed out that leaving the ground might be worse technique for instance.
Either way, you still should not do it this way, and you certainly shouldn't be teaching people to jump putt this way. In ball golf, you could make it a habit of moving your lie 3 inches closer every time. Of course this is unlikely to make much difference to your score, but it is still against the rules.
I think the advantage of the jump putt is to get momentum going toward the basket. Another advantage might be the exaggerated lean you get from the jumping motion, putting you closer to the basket. This lean can be executed without violating rule 803.04. Many, maybe most do it legally.
It is tough to see when it's being done improperly, but it still needs to get called more than it does, Borg or not. Also, it would go a long way if jump putters knew and tried to follow the rule, which is the reason for this post.