Originally Posted by The Duf
Hi everyone, new to thesandtrap, but it seems like a great site! Woo-hoo, first post!
But anyways, I was talking to someone in the clubhouse at my local course and we got on to talking about USGA regulations/rules. Why is it that MLB players cannot use easier to hit, more forgiving metal bats, yet Tour players are able to use high-tech modern golf clubs?
Forcing Tour players to use old fashioned wooden clubs would really weed out the field and show who the truly elite players are. If you can hit those, you can hit anything. And I'm not saying getting rid of modern clubs altogether though; make those clubs available to the public, but force the players on Tour (maybe even college...) to use wooden clubs. Jason Dufner even said he'd be on board as long as courses are shortened to reasonable lengths.
Just wanted to see what other people's opinions are about this, thanks!
Just out of curiosity? What if the wood that they use on a particular wooden club delivered a COR of higher than the current USGA rules? Then the opposite would be true.
I can imagine that the adhesives they use to laminate the wood might be the next material for distance. They could use paper thin layers of wood, and the adhesive becomes the primary material in the club, while the wood gives it the structure. Potentially, could give you a club with a really high COR.
Engineers will find a means to bypass artificial restrictions, as they are doing already. Let's just say we like challenges, even if they are artificially set.
It might be more entertaining to let the COR be unlimited for the club and ball and see golf progress to the next level.
People love distance, and pros hitting drives 500+ yards will be pretty impressive. Might attract more people to the game. It is a simple metric that anyone seeing can enjoy. "...Bubba hits over a small forest 6 football fields long and lands the green... On the 65th hole for the day Dustin hits straight onto the green...". Walking the course could be an issue.
For the existing short courses, even I don't use the driver on all par 4s, anyway. Most people will use a shorter club off the tee and it should not change the game. Many people will be thrilled that they can hit 200+ yard drives, especially if their swing speed is only 80mph. I know kids would.