Originally Posted by bplewis24
Originally Posted by Golfingdad
I was making the point to concede that perhaps the extra exposure helping (finding a lost ball) and hurting (seeing a ball move 1/10") those players who are on TV more sort of cancels itself out.
I'd disagree with that.
Nevertheless, I'd be fine with it not being allowed at all if it's only benefitting certain players. Equity trumps EVERYTHING in my opinion. There is NOTHING worse than uneven application of rules. Not even cheating. The most important thing in any competition is a level playing field.
The only way you will see that sort of utopia is if all player, caddies, etc. are equally trained and conversant with the rules so that even if no assistance is allowed from outside the ropes, they would still have perfect equity. If one player is more conversant than the next, then you still have a potentially unequal application, since one player will recognize something that another doesn't. According to your philosophy, that is an untenable situation.
Face it, you are never going to have equal observation, understanding, and input on rules situations. It doesn't happen in basketball, football, baseball, (seemingly obvious mistakes are made in all officiated sports) so why wouldn't you expect it to happen in golf? A little bit of additional oversight isn't going to be a game wrecker.
I really don't care that some weak player in the lower third of the leader board makes an insignificant breach that nobody, including him is able to notice just because he is not on a 60" high def TV screen when it happens. His next tee shot will probably bound off into Never-Never Land because he has no gallery following him to act as a living barrier to disaster. Karma or entropy or whatever will balance the books in the end. He's probably going to be sent down to the minors (i.e Web.com) at the end of the season anyway.