TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT
I am getting a little tired of the ongoing never-ending debate over the golf ball going “too far” and the equipment being “too hot”. There is talk and debate of what to do, have a pro ball, make courses tighter or longer and so on and so on, but it seems to me the powers at be are missing an obvious fix for the pro or top amateur game.
Why not limit the number of times in a round that driver can be used? Why not limit the loft of a three wood to say a maximum of 15 degrees at the same time to prevent strong 3-woods replacing drivers to get round the maximum amount of driver plays per round?
Normally there are four par 3s, and a mixture of par 4s and par 5s on every course. Why not stipulate that any club can be hit from the tee on par 3s but a maximum of seven drivers can only be hit in any round, four 3-woods and on the remaining three holes any club can be hit from the tee other than driver or 3-wood.
Each player will then have to come up with a strategy to play the course given these limitations which in turn will give us viewers and TV pundits lots to talk about given the decisions each player makes.
The game will become more strategic and stop the longest hitters dominating, though we will still see those drives as the seven-hole rule still lets us all enjoy the spectacle of the biggest drives.
The changes can be reflected by adjusting the score card to allow an indication for where driver, 3-wood
and other clubs are used from the tee. This would get away from lengthening courses, limiting the ball or equipment and could add a new dimension to the game while retaining the big drives that we all like to see. Ken Smith, Email