After reading through a lot if these posts, one valid point is that, for the pros, there is little penalty for not hitting straight on most courses. Many times landing in the "groomed" rough is still more of an advantage than hitting shorter and landing in the fairway. But, long drives and low scores bring more viewers, in the same way more scoring does for other sports. So the PGA really has little interest in promoting par golf.
As for amateurs, golf is no different than other sports where they have evolved to a power game where player size, speed, and power will dominate. If you can hit 120mph tennis serves, you'll probably do well in a rec league even if you can only hit a slice backhand.
One phenomenon that I also see is an exodus from some sports that are deemed too difficult, or disproportionate, between players. Can't compete at tennis play pickleball. Need help keeping up cycling, buy an e-bike. Etc...
In my opinion, where golf has the potential of putting itself out of business is the absolute ingrained element that distance is golf and anything else is not. With the continuing obliteration of Par 3 and shorter executive courses which are currently viewed as not real golf, the sport is setting itself up as "go long or go home." Unfortunately the latter may be the selection.
It is funny that no one cares about length or equipment when the pros have to hit into a tough Par 3. I seem to recall the 12th at Augusta has had some make or break history over the years.
Here are two vids of the drill @iacas. As I do this drill I feel like my swing is getting more 'handsy and armsy. Is this a good thing?
By the way that one instruction about keeping my head back has worked wonders. Hitting it so much more solidly/ much better feedback and getting it a lot more higher and straighter.