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Will a Ball Rollback Be Announced by 2023?


Ball Rollback by 2023?  

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  1. 1. Will the USGA/R&A announce that they are rolling back golf ball distance by January 1, 2023?

    • Yes, for all golfers.
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    • Yes, but only for top players.
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    • No.
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Just a poll. Please answer above and explain your answer(s) below. This isn't about whether a rollback will be implemented, only announced with a date most likely in the near future.

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I've never really understood the argument that golf on TV isn't "exciting" anymore, and blaming that on distance or guys hitting shorter shots into a hole. The way we see it now: A guy hits

Is there something here that has anything at all to do with whether you think the USGA/R&A will roll back ball distances?  Anything at all?  After the short digression into other sports which you

I think it’s just too damn much to do with such poor arguments for whatever benefits they think it may bring. Golf has been hard for hundreds of years and it will continue to be so. Leave it be.

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I voted.  My vote may be a bit of wishful thinking, but I'm relying to a large extent on what the Conclusions of the Distance Insights said.  I haven't seen anything over the past 8 or 9 months that varies significantly from the data and trends reported back then.  I do think we're likely to see additional regulation of equipment to "stall" distance gains from equipment, but I don't think we'll see rollbacks for every day players, and I don't think an (optional) local rule requiring "distance limited" equipment is really a workable option.

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I don't think the USGA will bifurcate, and this will hurt 99% of golfers more than the top 1%. It seems like every ball maker and club maker boast of distance gains every time they come out with a new product. I can't recall anyone touting accuracy as a number one selling point. I really think the USGA will make a big mistake, and possibly, drive people from the game if they roll back the ball. I play with a bunch of old guys, and am longer than most of them, but our greens are very tricky, and I am not a good putter. There is a lot more to the game than hitting the ball a long way.

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I think it’s just too damn much to do with such poor arguments for whatever benefits they think it may bring. Golf has been hard for hundreds of years and it will continue to be so. Leave it be.

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I truly think @DaveP043, @Sandy Divot and @Vinsk are 100% correct. Having said that I think they are going to announce a roll back. Personally, I think its a terrible idea, but I think they are going to do it. They will announce a roll back in distance with a staggered implementation date. First, the PGA tour pros will get a "deadened" ball and then a few years later the rest of us will. 

Once again, I want to say I am TOTALLY against the idea. I think @DaveP043 has perfectly summed up my thoughts. Never-the-less, I feel like all signs are heading to them doing it.

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27 minutes ago, ChetlovesMer said:

I truly think @DaveP043, @Sandy Divot and @Vinsk are 100% correct. Having said that I think they are going to announce a roll back. Personally, I think its a terrible idea, but I think they are going to do it. They will announce a roll back in distance with a staggered implementation date. First, the PGA tour pros will get a "deadened" ball and then a few years later the rest of us will. 

Once again, I want to say I am TOTALLY against the idea. I think @DaveP043 has perfectly summed up my thoughts. Never-the-less, I feel like all signs are heading to them doing it.

I haven't seen any such signs.  The only thing that the USGA/R&A have mentioned are the things I also mentioned.  The following are from the Next Steps discussed in the Conclusions report:

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1. We will assess the potential use of a Local Rule option that would specify use of clubs and/or
balls intended to result in shorter hitting distances. ......This could
allow committees that conduct golf competitions or oversee individual courses to choose, by Local Rule
authorized under the Rules of Golf, whether and when to require that such equipment be used. ......

2. We will also review the overall conformance specifications for both clubs and balls, including
specifications that both directly and indirectly affect hitting distances. The intended purpose of this review
is to consider whether any existing specifications should be adjusted or any new specifications should be
created to help mitigate the continuing distance increases. It is not currently intended to consider revising
the overall specifications in a way that would produce substantial reductions in hitting distances at all
levels of the game.

I've certainly read and heard talking heads predicting distance reductions, but if you accept that the USGA/R&A were honest in what the said back in February, overall distance roll-backs are not in their plans.  As I said, I've seen nothing in the results on the PGA Tour and nothing in releases from the Ruling Bodies that changes the situation.

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11 minutes ago, Darkfrog said:

I don't think the ball will be rolled back. There aren't any good reasons to do it, and I think common sense prevails.

What is this "common sense" of which you speak?

4 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

I haven't seen any such signs. 

I really hope you are correct. 

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1 minute ago, ChetlovesMer said:

I really hope you are correct. 

You tell me, what "signs" have you seen?  Have I missed anything from the USGA or R&A?  Have the distance trends on the PGA tour changed significantly from those presented in the report?  I'm not trying to give you grief, just wondering what has gone into the formation of your opinion.

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3 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

You tell me, what "signs" have you seen?  Have I missed anything from the USGA or R&A?  Have the distance trends on the PGA tour changed significantly from those presented in the report?  I'm not trying to give you grief, just wondering what has gone into the formation of your opinion.

If you are trying to talk me off the ledge; You are doing a good job. Anyhow, it's just this feeling that every time a governing body of any sport starts "studying" a problem. They eventually make changes to make the problem go away. Whether or not the problem is really a problem doesn't seem to matter. Yeah, a lot of the smoke comes from the talking heads. So, I hope I'm just wrong. 

5 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

I voted Yes for Everyone because the USGA and R&A suck like that.

And Carl sums it up. 

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Why roll the ball back? If distance (with driver mostly) truly is a problem (which I don’t agree) then just lower the maximum legal tee length from 4” down to 1 or 2. That way guys can’t hit up on driver as much. Guys will have to launch it lower, use more loft (lowering ball speed), or use more spin. No need to change balls or equipment. 

4 minutes ago, iacas said:

Many are acting like it’s a done deal.

I haven’t seen anyone on Golf Channel or elsewhere talk like this. I could’ve missed it though. 

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9 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

I voted Yes for Everyone because the USGA and R&A suck like that.

 

2 minutes ago, ChetlovesMer said:

And Carl sums it up. 

Just my opinion, the USGA/R&A did a pretty good job with the 2019 revision to the Rules.  The World Handicap System seems to be working just fine, after some initial difficulties in implementation.  The Conclusions document that I referenced seems to take a pretty balanced approach to the distance issue, and specifically says they're not planning to roll back distance for all of us.  I'm relying on that as being an honest summary of their plans.  As for whether we'll see bifurcation through a Local Rule, I'm guessing that it will turn out to be impractical for a number of reasons.  

2 minutes ago, iacas said:

Understatement. Many are acting like it’s a done deal.

Yeah, but I know that those guys don't write the Rules, or else we'd have free relief from divots and a 1-stroke penalty for OB.  Heck, I heard John Cook and some other guy on PGA Tour Radio the other day saying the rules should be revised to allow free relief for mud balls, after watching the Women's US Open.

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No.  As has been said, unless it’s for everyone, it would be a bifurcation of the rules which I genuinely don’t expect.  I could understand a condition of competition implemented on the tours, but not a bifurcation of the rules themselves.

Doing so for everyone would make a hard game even harder for many amateurs, especially newer players, the very group they’re trying to attract.  

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11 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

Just my opinion, the USGA/R&A did a pretty good job with the 2019 revision to the Rules.  The World Handicap System seems to be working just fine, after some initial difficulties in implementation.  The Conclusions document that I referenced seems to take a pretty balanced approach to the distance issue, and specifically says they're not planning to roll back distance for all of us.  I'm relying on that as being an honest summary of their plans.  As for whether we'll see bifurcation through a Local Rule, I'm guessing that it will turn out to be impractical for a number of reasons.  

I don't care for anything they've done. I have not renewed my USGA membership and do not intend to. They keep sending me crap and it goes right into the trash can.

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What will they do about club head speed? How will the stop Bryson, DJ, Wolff, Koepka, JT, Rory, Cameron, etc from swinging faster? They can swing a persimmon faster than anyone back in the old timer days, by a lot. They just flat out are better athletes no matter what Jack fans say. Will they require PGA pros to stop working out?

Just dumb.

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