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.
So the OP wants me to play 14 200y par 3's and 4 others that could be shorter (but could be as long)?
Not gonna do that. But wait, he wants me also to score four of them as par 5's and 10 of them as par 4's? You bet I'm not gonna do that.