15" cups is a dumb idea. Beginning golfers can putt fine enough on a regulation hole. It is the long game that drives them away from the game. Even half decent hacks who have been playing for years will somehow manage to hit the ground for inches behind the ball an watch the divot go twice as far as the ball. And there really is no way to take that element out of golf without it really being golf anymore.
Taylormade is trying to solve the problem with some bs moves that will only serve for them to sell more products. The should really admit that it was their products that ruined the game in the first place by juicing up the clubs and balls so any schmuck could arm the ball out there 250+. Courses then had to be built longer and more costly to maintain etc. And then when your beginner golfer walks up with his 47" 460 and slices the bejesus out the ball you need to wait for him to walk three fairways over and hit three punch out shots.
To truly improve and grow the game while maintaining much of the difficulty I have devised my own new set of rules.
1. Club length limit at 43 inches
2. Golf ball that goes half as far and courses that are half the size.
3. No golf carts without medical clearance
4. All players are provided divot mix to clip to their bags/pull carts
5. Ready golf
6. much thinner metal flagsticks which are not removable
7. women get one free throw per hole
1) 43" wont fix a bad swing
2) This will drive people away from golf. People don't want to hit it shorter
3) Yes, lets just slow down play and drive more people away from golf as well. We want people to keep playing. Some courses are not made for walking.
4) Not a smart idea. It could cause a mess, and it would weight down the golf bag.
5) YES, but this takes individual effort.
6) Nope, removing the flag does not take much time
7) I know some woman who can hit it farther than some men I play in golf league with. Do the men get to throw the ball as well?
I think 15" cup is fine under some circumstances. Not sure the damage it will cause the course, maybe make the cup something like 9", double the size. I would like to see more golfers added to the game. Its a great game, I am all for setting up some different rules to ease people into the game, especially juniors. It makes sense. Little league starts off with Tee-ball, then machine pitch, then they finally allow players to pitch. It works. Why not set up golf to allow kids to enjoy the game under their own terms. I would like to see more tee boxes set up in the fairway to shorten the hole for kids. This way they can shoot lower scores and still play with their parents.
No problem with the larger golf hole idea.