March 08, 2018 at 02:47 PM
By Don O
Don OMadison, WI
I'm going to go in a different direction than USGA's concerns with the ball. To note, Mr. Nicklaus is truly one of the greats, but he didn't have an issue with the ball in his prime in the 70's when he was the "DJ" (no offense to Dustin, but he has awesome power) of his generation.
Courses don't need to be over 7000 yards for 99+ % of golfers. The USGA should focus more on helping redesign courses to be shorter and use more waste areas to minimize water and other maintenance costs. With shorter distances and narrower fairways, there won't be the emphasis on over-swinging. One problem with pace of play is watching guys that drive 220 yards swinging for the moon with no accuracy starting on the 7800 yard tips and lucky for a GIR+2.
Not every course needs to be "just like a PGA stop". The Champions Tour and LPGA play less than 7000 yards. Let the PGA be the PGA and have the USGA take care of the millions of average players. Pros hitting wedges on par 5s for a second shot should not be a USGA/R&A issue - that's the PGA's marketing problem. Give us sustainable courses that can afford a lower greens fee and shorter times for a round. We have no issue with all the current equipment improvements.
Would power players quit golf if the tips moved to under 7000? Would average players quit golf if they lost 20% distance? I'd say the latter.
Fred CMansfield, TX
Luke RHamden, CT
MICHAEL KBrightwaters, NY
March 08, 2018 at 07:46 PM
“Out there in the distance, besides the setting sun, is number 7 at Pebble Beach. I’ve hit 7 iron before. It’s 107 yards. I’ve chipped a 60 degree wedge. Too many variables in an outdoor sport to grasp what is actually happening. What I do know is the USGA does not have their fingers on the pulse of the game. Taking away a putter that helps many many people enjoy the game is wrong. Rolling back the golf ball 20% is another bad idea. Ask the normal golfer how much they would enjoy the game if they flew it 20% shorter. I’m asking. Would you enjoy that? Changing golf for the masses because a small few who play it a different level is wrong. The greats and USGA have it wrong.”- Jimmy Walker
I couldn’t agree more. Let the pros play, let the armatures play. Let’s focus on making the game more enjoyable, more inclusive, with less delays and less confusion.
Steve STuckerton, NJ
Rich TShrewsbury, MA
Barry SOakville, ON
Dave NLady Lake, FL
Allen LClarington, OH
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