When I first watched golf on tv, only the last three or four holes were shown, but courses kept everything watered and green so they would look nice on screen. Fairways were cut with gang mowers set at 1/2 inch. There was a huge kerfuffle at the '76 Open because one day they were accidentally set at 5/8 of an inch. Players used to occasionally catch a flyer in the fairway (gasp). Throw some water on the fairways, don't cut them down to an 8 on the stimp, and you'll take a quick 10-20 yards off the professional tee ball. It would also be easier and cheaper to maintain the course. The problem with rolling back the ball, reducing clubhead size or reducing COR is that someone is going to pay for all the R&D, and that will not be the guys who get the free equipment. That's going to be the average hack who goes out and sometimes is able to squeeze in a round on the weekend or after work. You still won't see many 3 irons into par 4's. I drug out my old Maltby book from 1974, and a modern 5 iron is roughly equivalent to a 3 iron from that era. In those days, iron sets were built off a 52* PW that was shorter than, say, a 47* PW, which is the standard for the Titleist MB, about as bladey a blade as is currently mass produced.
Edited by farmer, 07 November 2017 - 02:57 PM.