I don't think anyone's diminishing the importance of your right to vote, or what it means, etc.
That's not a good analogy, because every stroke not only counts, but actually and literally contributes to the final result. Every CA Republican could fail to vote for the presidential race and nothing would change about the final result.
I'll spare us all from me trying to come up with a golf analogy akin to voting for the minority party in a state that's ">99.9%" the other way.
That's the other thing (I mentioned it earlier I think…?): we routinely fit people into heavier putters than is possible with the Torque Balanced line. Green speeds are faster these days than when the 33"/350g and 35"/330g head weight combination was created.
Maybe. I will note that Tufts was part of the USGA delegation that negotiated the uniform rules with the R&A in 1959 though, so he was part of the decision-making to add cleaning on the putting surface into the rules. With as passionate as he is about the rules, you'd think he would've found a way to elaborate on the reasons for an exception to the basic principles.
It probably makes the most sense that since marking the ball on the putting green wasn't really allowed except when interfering with play until 1956 - now in 1956 you have everyone marking their balls whenever they are on the green, and probably arguments over how careful the golfers need to be to not accidently remove mud from their ball. It probably made some sense to put an end to these arguments and just allow cleaning - even if it was contrary to the basic Principles of Golf.
Michigan State Library has all of the USGA Journals available online. Several of the Journal articles in the 1959 timeframe describe the change to allow cleaning balls on the greens, but none of them give any rationale for the decision.
Here is a link about Tufts work from a 1960 journal article:
Nice. Another convert. Welcome to a life-long game.
I was hooked the moment I walked onto a practice green at about 7 years old. The smell, the velvety texture of the turf on the green ... intoxicating. Even to a 7-year-old.