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Bet they have a "Merch Drop" soon.
Note the email address;email@example.comA sure sign that this is one guy working out of his bedroom...
Instead of waiting for someone to implement a rollback, what’s preventing these guys from playing balls and equipment that aren’t tricked out/juiced? Nothing really makes a statement than leading by example.
Quote from: Rees Milikin on August 03, 2019, 06:33:57 PMInstead of waiting for someone to implement a rollback, what’s preventing these guys from playing balls and equipment that aren’t tricked out/juiced? Nothing really makes a statement than leading by example.I think the problem is the Bethpage Black and Shinnecock conversations and also the greens conversations. They keep changing the courses to accommodate the top 0.01% of golfers. I have taken the lead by not playing The Black any longer on my own, but will still play it when out out of towners or my son request it. I really would rather play Southampton GC these days over Shinnecock. I get it, I am not a member at Shinnecock and it is their course, but this is GCA where we provide "frank commentary". Then you have the greens conversations where greens are ramped up to compensate for 9 irons into greens, and we have two US Opens on amped up greens at Shinnecock and controversy follows. Now you get Merion GC flattening greens, I am told. Many courses follow the lead of the US Open, so fast greens follow and the "arms race" gets expensive. Then you take the US Open to modern courses - Erin Hills and that does not really work. Obviously Mike Clayton was/is a very good to great player who now is an architect. I don't know that he is the driver of this, but he is one of the names following on Instagram along with Shackelford. I don't know Mike or Shack in anyway other than GCA, but Mike seems pretty reasonable. Thus, all of this leads to my suggestion that "bifurcation" is a better option. One thing is for sure. It is completely silly to have 15,000 courses in the USA, and I think an additional 15,000+ additional courses world wide be subject to being obsolete when a few technical adjustments could be made to the ball that the PGA Tour level pros play, IMO.
^^^Interesting. Tell us about these limited flight balls. Are there any balls out there that mimic the flight of the old Titleist Tour Balata or Titleist Professional?
Of course our problem in Australia is we have no influence - because the game is run by the seemingly impotent USGA and R&A -whose role - whose purpose - in the equipment debate was to maintain the skill it took to play the game (something clearly diminished by the modern ball and the frying pan drivers) and to protect the great courses against exactly what has happened.
I am confused as to why roll backers don't think equipment bifurcation is the better option to an across the board ball roll back. I say this for a few reasons1. It is a form of compromise which will be more acceptable for most golfers.2. The fear of having to alter courses, that is, mainly where tees will be placed and if so how far from greens, will be reduced. 3. Bifurcation may very well lead back to unification if and when golfers become convinced a roll back isn't the end of the world.I understand a two ball spec may cause issues at the local club level, but with the world wide capping system coming online part of the issue isn't. Plus, part of a possible unification system down the road could by led by clubs having "elite" divisions in comps where non elite players choose to use a roll back ball. I can even imagine some clubs becoming elite, meaning if you join you do so knowing that comps use elite equipment regardless of handicap. On the bigger picture, it's easy to make pro events and world amateur ranking events use elite rules roll back equipment.Ciao
Mike, you may recall the words of Sandy Tatum in a GCA feature interview - “A few years ago, Hootie Johnson had an impulse to create a ‘Masters Ball’ to deal with the distance factor that had intruded into the game … If he had carried it out it would have saved the game.”