Golf's broken. Fix it.
How Would You Fix Golf?
By Kickntrue on 5/29/09
If you were the head of the USGA for one day and could make one change stick, what would it be? Obviously this is the world of make believe, so anything goes. You can force a walk-only policy, force courses to charge less, whatever you want... but consider some of the ramifications. If you make golf free, remember you'll be playing 9 hour rounds and never getting a tee time.

Ready, set, GO!


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Kickntrue says:
One of my biggest frustrations is the First Tee program, where they bring kids to golf, who wouldn't otherwise get a chance, to try to get kids into the game. The problem is once the kids are past Frist Tee age, they are still in places where they can't golf. So I want to introduce Free Tee. Use money from tourney proceeds and charity giving, to subsidize the cost of golf on local courses, but only to those who bring someone under 16 along. Golf tours always brag about how much money they raise. Imagine if you ran a course with that money, making it the nicest in the area, and the only way to get on it was to bring a kid. Big Brother/Big Sister programs would max out.
5/29/09
 
John Gelsinger says:
I would give a FREE drop out of any divot in the fairway. Why are you going to be pentalized for hitting the ball in the fairway? I understand fairway bunkers, but those are known. This is just a location that someone hit from and was either too lazy to fix or took too much turf. If I hit the fairway, I should have a clean lie. All bets are off anywhere else. My 2 cents....I feel a little better.
5/29/09
 
mjaber says:
I would simplify the handicap process. We, as golfers, pride ourselves on self-regulation. Let's apply that to the handicapping process. Setup a USGA Handicap website. The score entry would be similar to that of the entry here at oobgolf. No need to join a specific club, or have it entered by your local course. I'd even setup USGA Handicap Entry terminals in the pro-shops at the course so you could enter your score then and there.
5/29/09
 
TWUES17 says:
+1 stroke to every hole so I'd be closer to a 2 than a 20. What, this is a fantasy right? No? Ok, I'm leaving.
5/29/09
 
Ben Crane says:
@John Gelsinger - You mean I am not supposed to be doing that?
5/29/09
 
aaronm04 says:
First decree. I agree with what Lee Trevino said. There are too many big fancy courses that are too difficult. Golf is difficult enough. You can make a nice and challenging course without making it excessively penal. Make courses that will reward good shots and penalize bad ones. Hitting a great shot only to lose your ball is just wrong and discourages people new to the game.

Second decree. Make courses shorter. This rather goes hand-in-hand with the first decree. Design courses that force amateurs to use their irons/woods off the tee. Designing longer courses makes amateurs think you have to be a bomber to be able to play well.

Third decree. All yahoos who yell "Get in the hole!" after someone makes a swing during TV broadcasts are kicked off the course. No questions asked.
5/29/09
 
hansenaaron says:
I would like to see mid to high handicappers forget about the "play it as it lies" rule. If you have a lie sitting down in some heavy rough and you know you can't really advance the ball and it's not a tournament round, then "fluff it". Once you get your game to the point where you are confident in making a quality swing, then leave it alone. Until then, don't punish yourself or the other golfers around you waiting for you to get out of range.
5/29/09
 
falcon50driver says:
Anyone caught yelling "get in the hole"...immediate removal from the course.
5/29/09
 
brad6432 says:
I would like to second the motion to eject anyone from the course with extreme prejudice anyone who yells "get in the hole", further more I'd also like to ammend it to include those who yell "You're the Man".
5/29/09
 
Werepuppie says:
I would like the PGA Tour to have a once a year tournament where the players all have the same equipment circa 1975.NASCAR does this with the IROC series where all drivers are given an identical car.
This would show the true talent of the players in comparison to the older generation like Nicklaus.
5/29/09
 
Werepuppie says:
One other change I would make is the stroke and distance penalty for a lost ball.It is not really fair to the amatuer golfer.The pros nearly never lose a ball because they have spectators and marshalls to find it.The weekend golfer playing alone has nobody.It should be a penalty drop in the spot where it vanished.
5/29/09
 
Kickntrue says:
@werepuppie- totally agree. i bring up the spectator and marshal point all the time. if you hit it into the woods that's one thing, but losing balls in the rough, is bad.
5/30/09
 
Bryan K says:
I agree with the lost ball penalty. When I was a kid, I remember golfing at a course out in Western North Dakota where, if you missed the fairway by more than a few yards, you didn't dare go look for your ball due to the potential of finding rattlesnakes instead. I'm guessing that if you go down south, this tends to be more common. However, the biggest problem is that on most public courses, it's just not practical to go back to the tee to hit a provisional after giving up on finding a ball. To be completely honest, I'm willing to spend an entire day looking for a lost ball while allowing group after group to play through. I did this just the other day...no way was I going to take a penalty stroke and replay a stroke after I saw the ball hit the side of the green from the deep rough 220 yards out. I found it after about 20 minutes sitting right on the edge of a sandtrap in a tuft of grass about 10 yards off the green. Two strokes later, I had saved par. It took a funny hop. How was I to know?
5/30/09
 
munk24 says:
I have to agree about divots, thats just not fair, also being able to fix spike marks, though that is not as much of a problem with the softspikes, but there are those that drag their feet and it virtually makes it impossible to putt.
5/30/09
 
munk24 says:
bjohn13, thats just the rub of the green. What do you do when you get a lucky bounce, go back to where it should have been. I agree that going back to the tee on a public course where the ball just gets lost in the rough is just not practical, but there is the 5 minute rule and you should enforce that yourself. Take a penalty and a drop and go on. Golf is a game of integrity and we call penalties on yourself. Sometime you get a bad break, sometimes a good one.
The only time my prayers arent answered is on the golf course-Billy Graham
5/30/09
 
falcon50driver says:
The out of bounds rule does seem unduly harsh. Losing a ball in a lateral water hazard does not require you to lose stroke and distance, why does losing a ball over a lateral boundary line?
5/30/09
 
Bryan K says:
munk24: The point of my post was, there really is no way for me to follow the rules in that situation. If I go back and hit a provisional ball, I'm going to make someone angry. If I take a drop next to the green, then I'm breaking the rules because I'm not going back to hit a provisional ball. If I look until I find my ball, then I'm breaking the rule because I'm looking for more than 5 minutes. It's a lose-lose-lose situation, and it's one a pro will never run into.
5/30/09
 
kidputter says:
Hit a provisional ANYTIME there is a question as to the location of your ball. It takes 30 seconds to tee it up and re-hit.
5/30/09
 
Steve Pate says:
1. Crack down on slow play / Enforce the "Let faster players play through" rule.
2. Get rid of the stupid rule that invokes a penalty stroke if the wind moves your ball before you can putt it.
3. Require Ben Crane to use a K-Mart driver so his drives resemble those of a human.
5/30/09
 
Bryan K says:
kidputter: The problem with the scenario I described is that there wasn't any question about the ball landed until I realized I couldn't find it. I saw it roll up on the green, and then it rolled behind a hill on the right side of the green. This was from the deep rough about 220 yards out. So I hit a provisional, and it sails off to the left. Now, I'm scampering all over the fairway to collect my balls, and the group behind me is getting mad anyway. It's a no-win situation.
5/30/09
 
onedollarwed says:
See wedgeguy column on rules - the one before last.
Oh yeah, make pros carry their own bags. They can still have their stylist, their counselor, and their nutritionist on hand. Oh yeah the corporate image consultant should carrry the bags of the counselor et al.
5/31/09
 
dlouder says:
I'd ask for lines 'painted' on the fairway, similar to those on a football feild. No more needing to worry about skycaddy or any overpriced GS system. You can see clearly where you are and go from there.
6/1/09
 
cjgiant says:
Just to be a stickler, if you go back to a tee after a search, it's not a provisional, it's actually the ball in play.

That being said, I totally agree that seeing where a ball goes then getting there and not finding it is frustrating. This can be be difficult on courses you aren't as familiar with with blind shots. If everyone in the group agrees about the location, we usually drop with a penalty (and complain about it for the next 4 holes). The pros should have the rule due to the aforementioned spotters being able to help.
6/1/09
 
JWHpurist says:
Set up a tournament to test player skill by requiring the use by the players of clubs no newer than 30 years old but in very good playing condition. Woudn't that be an interesting test to seperate the men from the boys? JWHpurist
6/2/09
 
onedollarwed says:
Throw in some civil war hats, require 3 shots of whiskey, blow cigar smoke in their eyes, and spin them around 3 times.
Hey, while we're at it, OOB is the perfect place to host a "classic" tournament among oobers. I'll scrape together and old set and see if you OK it.
6/2/09
 
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