Originally Posted by TourSpoon
For the good of the game, lead by example USGA and start with our National Championships. That sends a message like no other. Kudos for coinciding the message with the Open. This is a good start.
I agree. Although I think the implementation should start well before the Majors.
If I may, I'll use a football comparison. Every season in college and the pros, well before the actual season begins, league officials would go to each school/team and explain any rule changes and any new points of emphasis. The latter, obviously, just means, "hey, this has already been a rule, but we're really, really going to start enforcing it this year."
Then, during pre-season camps, practices, and scrimmages, refs would show up and call the crap out of anything close to the new "point of emphasis" rules. By the time the season started, everybody was to have gotten the point, and that way nobody was caught off-guard in the fourth quarter of the "big game" because they didn't realize they were actually calling that rule this year.
I think the Tours should approach it the same way. December/January, let everybody on Tour know the new point of emphasis, and really enforce it at the early tournaments. By the time the Masters comes around, nobody will be surprised when Guan Tianlang is penalized for slow play without remembering anybody being penalized for it all season before-hand.
Of course, they have to start somewhere, and if they started with the US Open I would accept it, but I just don't think it's the best way to do it.