Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 758 - Wednesday April 5, 2023
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


Master The Motion Before You Master The Shot.
"15 Minutes of Body Action Drills Are More
Important Than Hitting 200 Balls"


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For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

As you may or may not know, there is a pending rule change proposal to use a ball that does not travel as far as current golf balls do for use in "Elite Tournament Play". Personally I dislike it for quite a few reasons, not the least of which is that I like to see the pro's knock it out of the park.

The following editorial from my professional organization, The United States Golf Teaching Federation.

If you are passionate about this proposed change one way or the other, please email me your thoughts: Spoiler alert, most players hate it.

Here's the editorial, enjoy!

Starting January 1, 2010, a new grooves regulation was enacted by the USGA and R&A because they thought the then-current grooves spun the ball too much. Club manufacturers found a way to actually make better grooves, which meant the rules change was useless but meant many competitive golfers had to buy new irons.

In 2016 came the infamous "anchored putting ban," which is still a sore spot with many today.

In 2019 the USGA and R&A completely overhauled the rules, the two most drastic changes being hitting the flagstick with a putt was no longer a penalty, and all drops were taken from knee height. After a long adjustment period, golfers accepted the changes.

In 2022 the R&A make local rule to cap pros' driver length at 46 inches. (my note) That was because Bryson DeChambeau was pounding his 48" driver into the stratosphere.

And now comes the latest controversial rules proposal, a Model Local Rule for "elite" golfers where they would play a distance-restricted golf ball.

The rules makers deem this necessary because, in their own words, elite golfers hitting the ball too far "undermines the core principle that a broad and balanced set of playing skills should remain the primary determinant of success in golf."

I'm calling BS on that.

They are also worried about courses supposedly "having" to increase yardage to handle all of this.

People who say, "Why don't they just make the courses tougher" are not understanding their position.

It's not a matter of score.

To them it's a matter of angles and what club is being hit into the green. There is also an element who want to return to the days of long irons into par-4s and where going for the green in two on a par-5 was a big deal. But those days are gone.

The Korn Ferry Tour recently hosted a tournament in Savannah, Georgia. They played a course that measured just over 7,000 yards, and no one made a mockery of the course. And some of those guys hit it as far as anyone - well maybe not as far as Rory or Bryson.

There are also practical problems with implementing a shorter ball: When do promising players switch over? In high school? In college? It would also be tempting for less-honest players to cheat by using the longer ball.

It's also not a given the PGA Tour will adopt the new rule, either, so what would be the incentive for ball manufacturers to even make such a ball? If that happened, the new rule couldn't even be implemented.

In short, while the USGA and R&A will almost certainly put the Model Local Rule into place and will follow it for their championships - as likely will the Masters - if the major tours don't adopt the rule, we will have a big mess on our hands.

And even if they do adopt it, there will still be a mess, albeit a smaller one.

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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Professional, Batavia Country Club
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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~ Ben Hogan