USGA Equipment Survey

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scomac
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USGA Equipment Survey

Here is the link to the USGA/R&A Equipment Survey with respect to the distance issue in golf.

http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/advancing-the-game/distance-insights.html

If you haven't yet taken the survey, I encourage you to do so in order to have your views on the subject of distance in golf heard.

It's a fairly indepth questionaire that will take 20-30 minutes to fill out.  Others have pointed out that the questions do have a bias towards rolling back the ball or some other measure to reign in distance.  Nevertheless, it is your opportunity to have some input on this issue.

 

Aimee
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Survey

I took the survey, pretty obvious where they were going on those questions

It's not how...it's how many

DON
I just took that survey and I

I just took that survey and I think it's kind of a joke. The USG and R&A think golf balls go too far today and it's ruining the game. But if that was true, wouldn't the average scores shot by the millions of amatuer golfers be going DOWN and so too the average handicaps for those same golfers be getting lower as well. But the last time I read the reports, the scores have NOT been getting lower so it would seem that longer disntances due to balls and equipment is NOT the problem with the game of golf. One question in the survey was do I think that todays drivers are TOO foregiving. MY answer was NO Way. Look at the PGA Tour and look at driving accuracy and you will see that the best golfers in the wourld are NOT hitting all that many fairways today. NOt ba a long shot. And it's a fact today that the BEST golfers on tour hit LESS than driver on a lot of holes when they NEED to find the short grass. so doesn't that PROVE that the best goflers do NOT think that todays drivers are TOO easy to hit? WHEN the pros on Tour start hitting more than say 75 to 80 percent of the fairways on a regular basis. I might agree with this thinking. Until than even the best golfers in the world will prove that drivers are NOT too foregiving. 

IF the USGA really thinks that modern equipment is making the game too easy, then all they have to do on Tour is make the fairways Narrow Down from say 50 yards wide to say 20 yards wide from say 275 yards out to 300 yards out. Then WATER the entire course before every tour event so the grass is deeper rough, Mow the grass on the fairways LONGER. so the ball does NOT roll 50 yards or more on most holes. There are dezons of ways the Tours can compensate for the ball going farther today. and it does NOT include cuttinb back on ball performance of lowering the COR of todays drivers. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

scomac
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When was the last time that

When was the last time that the USGA/R&A did something smart, especially when it comes to equipment?

They've been chasing their tails for years and if they came to a sensible solution to this issue it would be a first for both organizations!

DON
I have to agree woth you

I have to agree woth you completely on this. For YEARS theire have been rules on the books for How Far a Golf Ball can carry when hit my a driver. And IF the current balls meet those rules then HOW can todays balls be going too far ??? Not sure that this says about the people that write and enforce the rules, but it would seem that someone NEEDS to go back and look at the rules and figure out what the problem is. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Scott Rushing
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Well I just think back to me

Well I just think back to me and my friends ... over the last 20 years of playing golf...it's not like anyone have really improved their scores tremendously. The 95+ guys are still shooting 95+.  The mid 80's guys are still 80-95!   They've all bought newer gear and play new golf balls.  So at the end of the day while the pro's might can do something special with that tech, the average golfer really hasn't changed.

In my case, my handicap in the short term has gotten worse.  But that's not because of technology, that's my weight loss, fitness and changes in balance as well as my swing.  Hopefully I'll get it back down there next season but technology alone hasn't outdated the game.

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DON
Agreed Scott; What might be

Agreed Scott; What might be worse is that with all the advancements of technology and the tools like Trackman the PGA teachers have NOT done much if anything to lower to handicap of the amateur golfers in the world. This is ONE reason I think that the PGA needs to get their collective heads out of the sand and start to teach golf in a way that WORKS. What they are doing now sure isn't working. MOST golfers will tell you that when they take a lesson they play Worse for a time until they get used to the changes. I have NEVER understood why any golfer would be happy with a lesson that made them play worse than before. Makes ZERO sense to me, and it's NOT what I see when I help someone at the range. They start hitting better shots right away, not worse. Does this mean I'm a better golf instructor than the average PGA pro ???

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Scott Rushing
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Well, I guess it's relative. 

Well, I guess it's relative.  Taking a lesson and going to the course with new but unpracticed ideas..not likely going to yield proper results.  there are many different ways to teach and to learn.  I wish more people would TAKE lessons.  I see most people, after a lesson, with a little practice - do improve. But you can't just take a lesson and magically expect things to improve.  Now it might work with some people and depending on what their swing problems were.  I've expereinced the worse-before-better changes when I was making a big swing change.   But I was asking for that.  Instructors I know base the suggestions on your goals:  Want to just score better, we work with what you have.  Want to be scratch, we go back to basics and rebuild.   

But I just wish more people would take lessons...and that the good instructors weren't  so expesnvie.    I send people to GolfGalaxy.  Best overall pricing.  Why pay someone $150-$200 an hour when I can get 6 lessons for that.

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Aimee
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lessons

Not just take lessons, but PRACTICE - if you expect to have everything magically "stick" after a lesson you've thrown money away. You have to reinforce the teachings through repetition.

It's not how...it's how many