Didn't notice the OP started this way back when,
But since it's been revived, I enjoyed watching it when it first started and still watch the events.
The really only draw back is the tour seems to be dominated year after year by the same players, but that's all good.
IMO, after a long career on the PGA Tour, many of the players probably are reluctant to continue and simply retire
to be with families.
I think its always a good idea when suggesting a change in the rules to ask, exactly how would you want the wording changed? Is there a limit to any straight-line marking on the ball, including both the manufacturer's imprints and anything added by the player? Or would you have the player replace the ball in its original orientation, even if it does have a line? Write a rule, and let us see what you think should be done.
And understand, I don't think the rule change is warranted, I don't believe that a 1.5 inch line drawn on a curved surface can be very effective in accurately aligning a 5 or 10 or 30-foot putt.
Thought about this very thing this past weekend.
Missed another green and had to chip. I dropped the putter disgustedly down near my ball. Looked at it for a moment before I realized what that looked like and got the putter away before I took my stance.
I've seen this move with both trolleys and buggies. I've never called anyone on it but I sure have thought about it.
I'm not trying to push you out or be overly confrontational. The article is a decent read, even if it's just to see the other side (my side) of the (non-existent in the greater scheme of things) debate. I posted the article because that is what I saw, and agreed. Easier than me typing out all of my thoughts on it or repeating more of what was said in the article.