Question more than a rant.
The scoring rate, accuracy and distance from free taking is nothing short of impressive.
I could be showing my age here: but traditionally ‘the free puck’ in hurling was a lift and strike. There appears to be varying degrees of a ‘solo/balancing of the ball’ incorporated in free taking now (for majority not all inter county free takers, and very obvious at club level.)
Has the interpretation of the rule changed? Or is it just not applied?
2.5 (a) For all free pucks, including penalties, the ball may be struck with the hurley in either of two ways:
(i) Lift the ball with the hurley at the first attempt and strike it with the hurley.
(ii) Strike the ball on the ground.
‘Lifting’ the ball with the hurley shall not constitute ‘striking’ the ball.’