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The Game of Golf Cross

GolfCross Course

The Game at a Glance

GolfCross® goal–golf or goalf is golf with goals instead of holes and it’s played with an oval ball instead of a round one. You use the same rules as golf (with a few exceptions and additions) and the same clubs — though you won’t need your putter. Essentially you’re still playing golf, it’s simply that the target is now suspended in mid-air and every shot is pretty much going where you want it to.
Oval Ball

The Oval Ball

When you play with the oval GolfCross® ball you’ll be playing with a genuinely smart ball which, despite appearances, is actually more aerodynamically stable than the round one you know so well. Amongst other things it will enable you to:
1. Hit the ball straight every time.
2. Perform controlled slices and hooks with ease.
3. Adjust the degree of fade or draw you require.
4. Generate backspin — even with a wood or out of the rough.
5. Apply top spin to achieve long low running shots and,
6. if you really want to show off, do double curves and play tunes.

Positioning the Ball

Since it is perfectly round, there is only one way to position a golf ball, but the oval ball can be positioned in many ways, each of which results in a different flight pattern. There are five basic positions which are used to achieve specific types of shot. The book, New Zealand GolfCross®, by Burton Silver gives detailed information on how to position the ball. Because the flight of the ball is controlled by the way it’s angled, you’re allowed to pick it up and position it within one foot (305mm) from where it lies and not nearer the goal or into the yard. You can position your ball in the yard but not pick it up and you can’t position your ball in a hazard. For more detailed information, see the complete list of rules.

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Tee Cup

The Tee Cup

The tee cup is a high-grip rubber tee that makes it easy to hold the oval ball at the right angle. Some courses only allow the use of the tee cup on the teeing ground but others permit its use on the fairways as well. The tee cup can be used on its own or pulled up over a regular tee. The ball may be either set on top of the cup at a variety of angles or held by pressing the mouth of it over the sharp end of the ball so that it sucks onto it.

The Yard

In GolfCross® there are no greens but there are yards of various shapes marked out with pegs round each goal. The yard is important because its only when your ball is inside the yard that you can turn the goal to face you in one of three set positions. So the approach shot is critical. Failure to make the yard could mean having to shoot for goal from an oblique angle or even having to lob your ball over the side netting. From outside the yard you must always shoot to the original facing position of the goal, as held by the chain. This rule does not apply in match play.

A’s ball is inside the yard so he can turn the goal to face him.

B’s ball is outside the yard. He will have to play into the yard in order to turn the goal mouth towards him or he can try to shoot in over the top of the goal (a punt) from outside the yard.

For more detailed information, see the complete list of rules or refer to the book New Zealand GolfCross® by Burton Silver..

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