Agreed that no one is born pro. MLB players grew up with alum bats and likely tee-ball or slow pitch. It's a transition to the pro ranks. No reason golf can't have a similar transition as far as different rules.
The rules are complicated. Period. I don't mind them being penal. They should be. None of us like stroke and distance but that's part of. The problem is that there are times when you can't find a ball(lost) that you didn't think was in trouble so your only option is to return to the tees and hit again. Or the confusion about unplayable lies which in lots of circumstances your only option is going back. This all takes too much time. Just make it simple.
Or how about one I learned last year......hit a tee shot into a hazard. It's a hazard that can be playable if you find the ball. It is set up that if the ball is not found your only option is to tee off again. 99% of the guys I've played with hit a provisional in case they can't find it. Last year a guy told them if they hit a provisional they are abandoning that first shot and must play the provisional. We all called BS because it simply didn't make sense. Well he was right. Now guys literally waste 10 minutes on this par 3 driving over the bridge, walking across the fairway, crossing a 2" deep creek and looking 5 minutes for their ball. When they don't find it 80% of the time they now have to go back to the tee and hit again. Thousands of guys have played this hole in violation of the rules and posted a HC score none the wiser.j
People want HCs to level the playing field in lots and lots of recreational golf. Others don't care either way. And others will play by only the strict rules of golf. I can play fast golf by the strict rules but I really think I'm the minority and I've learned a few tricks along the way to speed things up so I don't have to rush putts.
Common sense is completely lacking in the laws of this country. Why does golf also need to lack common sense in it's rules. It's like a tax code at times which no one likes.
If rules are made that are easy to follow and understand there won't be any breaking of the rules.
There is a difference between golf and MLB. MLB doesn't hold tournaments where any non-pro can qualify and play in the World Series where as in golf, non-pro's can qualify to play in pro tournaments, including Majors.
As others have said, beginners don't play by the ROG, so a new simplified set of rules is redundant. I don't know any person who refuses to play golf because the Rules are too long or complicated. Most of the people that I know used to play golf and don't today cite; frustration in their lack of improvement, time and expense, in some cases it's combinations of these reasons.
I believe the problem with golf is;
- It still has a stigma of being a non-athletic, old mans game by non-golfers
- It Is the hardest game to reach even a mediocre level in for the majority of people.
People will find the money and time to pursue things they want but most people don't enjoy getting their butts kicked for 4 - 5 hours and that is what a round of golf represents to most beginners. You can let them carry 30 non-conforming clubs but if their swing isn't good, they will still, shank, chunk and thin shots all over the place. Most people can't reconcile while they are unable to improve in a sport that is supposed to be played by old / out of shape people.
Edited by newtogolf - 8/18/14 at 2:06pm