I've never hit myself with a golf ball before, not for lack of trying. I have hit myself with my own club head after a shot. In high school, I was playing horribly. I had hooked a shot under a tree on the 6th hole. I proceeded to shank my next shot across the fairway. I tossed the club in the air, it hit a branch and hit me on top of the head. My coach saw it and told me it better had knocked some sense into me, and that I needed to par out not get in trouble. I parred that while, birdied the next and parted the last two to finish the round.
Started playing at the age of 52. After playing for a year I was at 22.9. Next year 16.9, then 14.x, then 11.x, then 9.7, then 8.6. Last year 7.3. This years result is in the future.
Think this is better then most for my agegroup, but I play a ton of golf.
Ha, that's great. My buddy's grandpa used to say that ("raise the rim, make it a game again").
At first I was also annoyed by watching wedge after wedge after wedge... 3/4 wedge, 1/2, full, whatever. I wasn't learning anything because I was looking for the stuff I wanted to see (confirmation bias). So I just quit trying to learn anything from televised golf. Now I just watch it to see the guys compete. I enjoy watching them handle the pressure. Watching Reed and McIlroy in the Ryder Cup last year was especially fun.
Re: golf balls, I don't want to see any changes to the game or the equipment. Personally, I will play a ball made by K-Mart and I will wear a K-Mart if it would help me hit my driver reliably. I don't care what the Pro's play or do.