The old SI and now all-Golf Magazine/Golf.com players poll is great fun as always, with bad news for President Donald Trump, good news for Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee and a host of other fun topics covered.
But since this blog leans toward course setup, architecture, history and distance debates, the obvious questions of note for yours truly:
ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT TOUR PLAYERS ARE HITTING THE BALL TOO FAR?
“I just wish I hit it farther.”
“Equipment has taken a ton of skill away from the game.”
“The problem is that the ball goes too straight.”
“Yes — 300 yards doesn’t cut it anymore.”
32% is a steady number given that 100% believe they are paid to say all distance, some manufacturers are actively pressuring players to preach distance and the PGA Tour and PGA of America leadership believes more distance will grow the game.
Three years ago, the number was at 29%, so the slight increase is amazing given the pressures exerted on players to brag about that athleticism and declare the joys of modern technology advances.
As for bifurcation:
SHOULD THERE BE TWO SETS OF EQUIPMENT REGS: ONE FOR PROS, ANOTHER FOR EVERYONE ELSE?
“It would ruin the golf industry.”
Amazing to think the golf industry is seen as dependent on what the players play, not on how much people are enjoying the sport or buying equipment based on need or design intrigue or something other than pro golfers.
This one is a huge win for the PGA Tour Rules referees. Huge!
TOUR SETUPS ARE GENERALLY…
…TOO SHORT: 0%
…TOO LONG: 7%
…ABOUT RIGHT: 93%
“Tour setups are typically, well, too lame.”
“Fact: No one bitches when they’re leading the tournament.”
That 44% thought Phil should have been DQ’d does not suggest much admiration from the PGA Tour set for the USGA rules committee.
SHOULD PHIL HAVE BEEN DQ’D AT SHINNECOCK?
NO COMMENT: 2%
“He acted like an idiot. If it were me, I’d be out.”
“He should’ve been praised.”