It's hard to stop technology advancement, especially if it translates to dollars for the manufacturers. Here in the states we're paying $3.50/gallon for gas, recently was over $4.00 and the US manufacturers (Ford & GM) are developing cars with 600+ HP engines for the masses. Last time I checked speed limits were 55mph in most areas with some rural areas up to 75, do we really need a car that does 0 - speed limit in 3 seconds? I guess we must because they keep making cars faster and faster but here in NY it's nice if you can find a road to go over 40mph.
I like that we play by the same rules as the pro's but I think it's time there's a break in the equipment. While the clubs might be named the same, the Callaway driver I'm playing is not the same as Phil's. The USGA already created the split with grooves conformance. New clubs must conform, we can still use our old non-comforming clubs, but the pro's can't. I know on the internet we're all supposed to hit 300+ yard drives, but I don't, so I'd prefer to not be forced to use a ball that shortens my club distances.
How important is it for some of these courses to host professional tournaments? Jack makes it sounds like if they change the ball then these courses would be hosting pro events, which I question along with his maintenance savings. There's more to a course being able to host a pro event than just length, it needs to be well maintained, have sufficient facilities beyond the course to support a tournament and it has to be in an attractive location to warrant interest to visit and play. New ball flight restrictions might get some of these courses back into rotation but I believe Jack's exaggerating this point.
I also believe most, if not all of these courses are still sized properly for the average golfer. I've played golf almost once per week since April, and I've yet to see a guy drive the ball consistently more that 270 - 280 yards, which is still a heck of a drive but not too long for most of the courses he's referring to. The idea you restrict ball flight by 50% and you can build a course half the size is pretty abstract. I can't imagine our internet long drivers being happy about playing a course where they they can brag they drove the ball 150 yards. Maybe in areas where land is limited (Japan) or too expensive to develop a full sized course it might be a good option to build a full course using a restricted ball versus an executive Par 3 course but as an overall go forward strategy I'm having a tough time seeing golfers buying into it.