The smaller states would still have the same number of electoral college votes it's just a matter of how they are allocated. The proportional vote should eliminate the entire concept of swing states. While the states have some power today in the POTUS election, a states power is in representation in the House.
Any power that the States feel the receive from candidates during an election is the type of corruption we want to eliminate. Candidates shouldn't be allowed to promise states support or special considerations for ensuring the electoral college delivers all their votes to them.
If there is any bifurcation between pro and amateur golf, i think cup size could be a avenue to explore. Alot of other stick and ball sports do it. Hole size is not ingrained in me as an integral part of the game. So It could be fun to shake it up. Keep it the way it is for the pros, and make it an half-inch or inch bigger for the rest of us. Even for elite amateur tournaments like the USGA ams and D1 college. It keeps the pro game and its continuity the same, but makes it slightly more fun for the other 99% of us that play.
I think it comes down to the smaller states sort of holding the larger ones hostage on this. They want the attention and the influence. They will have much less if we have either a popular vote or proportional EC votes, so it's not in their interest to change. If only the non-swing states switched to proportional votes, and the swing states decided not to, they'd have even more influence, right?
As far as the allowance to even lift the ball on the putting green, again, it's an easy way to allow the operation of R22.
If the Rules never permitted cleaning the ball, then the player could never hold the ball in his hand or put the ball in his pocket. To be above suspicion, he'd have to ponce around with it held by two finger tips or place it aside. The permission to clean the ball on the putting green is just a practical matter.