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PING's New Handicap Idea (Includes Adjustments for Equipment Used)

post #1 of 13
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I didn't literally yawn when I read the original press release, but I was close. Still, I suppose it's worth talking about...

 

A few links:

 

http://golf-patents.com/2012/12/27/could-a-new-handicap-system-ever-take-hold.aspx

http://golf.about.com/b/2012/12/19/possible-additional-equipment-rollbacks-spur-solheim-to-seek-patent-on-new-handicap-method.htm

http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-equipment/blogs/hotlist365/2012/12/pings-solheim-files-equipment.html

http://www.golf.com/equipment/pings-john-solheim-wants-equipment-ratings-be-part-handicap-calculation?sct=hp14

 

The full press release is:

 

 

Solheim applies for golf handicap patent

 

PHOENIX (Dec. 19, 2012) – PING Chairman & CEO John Solheim announced today he’s applied for a patent that uses an equipment rating formula as a factor in calculating a golfer’s handicap. The pursuit of the patent, according to Solheim, is to ensure amateur golfers who want more options in playing the game have another choice allowing them to do so in a globally available format.

 

“The tone coming from the USGA and R&A in recent years suggests another significant equipment rollback may not be far away,” said Solheim, who applied for the patent in June of 2011. “We’ve already seen it with the groove rule and the proposed rule banning anchoring. We continue to hear whispers of more changes.  But as we’re also reading on the proposed anchoring ban, many directly involved in the game favor more equipment options, not fewer. I’m looking for ways to keep the game enjoyable for every level of golfer.”

 

The patent application details numerous scenarios in which equipment could be rated (balls that go varying distances, for example) and are also factored in with current variables, such as the challenge presented by each individual course.   Solheim suggests the expanded equipment options could be approved as “Conditions of Competition” so the new method of handicapping could exist within the current set of rules.

 

“One of the goals of this concept is to get people thinking outside the “traditional” box that seems to have been built around golf – due primarily to the influence of the professional game,” said Solheim. “This alternative approach to handicapping gives golfers the options to play and enjoy the game with the goal of keeping one set of rules. All of us who are part of this industry need to be looking forward to ensure the game grows in both appeal and participation. This is just one example of things we should be considering.”

 

The patent application is expected to be published December 20, 2012 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (www.uspto.gov).

post #2 of 13

Just what golf needs more rules and obfuscation. 

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by newtogolf View Post

Just what golf needs more rules and obfuscation. 

Agreed!

post #4 of 13

on the surface, it seems like an attempt by manufactures to circumvent current USGA/R&A guidelines and sell non-conforming clubs and equipment to the general public (i.e. the average golfer) under the guise of "making the game more enjoyable."

 

not a fan.

post #5 of 13
I'll pass. The game of golf simply needs to change its model to reach more kids. That will help grow the game. Not some modified handicap system.
post #6 of 13
Bingo
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Originally Posted by Elrey Desol View Post

on the surface, it seems like an attempt by manufactures to circumvent current USGA/R&A guidelines and sell non-conforming clubs and equipment to the general public (i.e. the average golfer) under the guise of "making the game more enjoyable."

not a fan.
post #7 of 13

I'm all for growing the game but part of that is learning the game and there is already enough game improvement options out there.  Want to enjoy the game more, spend the time and effort to learn how to play it.

post #8 of 13
Ugh......
post #9 of 13

I see why it makes more sense for manufacturers, it gives them an entirely new line of non-conforming products to market and sell under the guise that you can still maintain an official handicap using them. 

 

As a golfer, I'm not interested in their variations on the game. 

post #10 of 13
Still do not see why we can not have dofferenr rules for pros ml does not allo metal bats
post #11 of 13

As if the handicap system isn't already complex enough.  This is just stupid.   e3_rolleyes.gif  I just see it as a not so veiled attempt by Ping to circumvent any attempt by the ruling bodies to place limitations on equipment design.

post #12 of 13

Bad idea.

post #13 of 13

We don't need more gimmicks and shortcuts... Gals and Guys like me need sustained guidance, instruction, and encouragement.

 

That grows the game at all levels whilst maintaining the true spirit of the game (in its purity).

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