The Story About The Schizophrenic USGA & The R&A: How to Diagnose a Organizations with a Split Personality Disorder

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So today the USGA and R&A released the highly anticipated Document entitled DISTANCE INSIGHT. https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/advancing-the-game/distance-insights.html

In it they detail how today's Golfer are hitting the ball to Distances which they believe is detrimental to the Future of Golf. With Data, Charts and Graphs to support their position.

Then, without blinking an Eye, they go into a Wonderful discussion about Golfers Habitually Choosing the wrong tee boxes. That Golfers are Attempting to play further Distances than their average Driving Distance allows. Falling victims to the inability to reach the Fairway, slowing play and being detrimental to the game.

They explain that by not choosing the appropriate Tee box for your playing ability you are increasing the problem of Slow Play.

In other words you are responsible for turning people away from golf because your play causes unnecessary delays, prolonging your round. And this issue affects not only others who have to wait for you to take 3 or 4 strokes to arrive at the area around the green. But you are also decreasing your own enjoyment of golfing. Since you can never enjoy yourself if you never have any chance of making a Birdie, Par or even a Bogey.

In the same document they are actually taking both sides and stating that the Golfing community needs to take action to protect the game of golf. From the Golfing Community.

Well are we hitting the ball too Far? Forcing Golf Courses to grow in Length and Expense? Leading to unsustainable economic and environmental problems?

Or are the Course Too Long, without appropriate Tee box choices for the Golfers?

Are the Golfers hitting the ball poorly and achieving undesirable Distances off the Tee? Habitually picking the wrong tee boxes? And just too stubborn to take lessons and hit the ball further into the Fairway?

They can't honestly have it both ways. Maybe in high school we practiced taking both sides of the debate, in order to improve our communication skills and deductive reasoning proficiency.

But we are not in high school any more. Anyone who honestly holds to opposite points of view simultaneously is either not serious. Or seriously deranged.

While I personally do not believe that the current equipment or golf ball rules, standards, specs or limitations are to blame. Nor do I blame the OEM'S spending billions of dollars building equipment and balls that fully comply with today's regulations. I honestly think that the USGA needs to review their own documents and go back to the drawing board.

Pick one side or the other. But not both.

Today's Athletes are bigger, stronger, faster and better trained than ever before. In all areas of human Sports. It's a Good thing that humans and humans lives are better today than yesterday. They deserve the credit for all their achievements. As every Golfer knows, hitting a golf ball accurately at a small target hundreds of yards away is no simple task.

But to blame the players for being too long on one hand, and not long enough in the same breath is not honest. We are not the detrimental source of the problem of golfings decline seen in recent years.

Maybe the ruling bodies should look in the mirror, at themselves. :drinks:
 
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Not sure why this needed its own thread as their is tons of good conversation already occurring in the current thread about the report.
 

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Not sure why this needed its own thread as their is tons of good conversation already occurring in the current thread about the report.
Those in charge can move the post to its appropriate location.

I hadn't seen anyone call the USGA Mental for behavior that in Medicine leads to an immediate Psych Consultation.
 

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