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#121 15th Club

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:09 PM

View Postex0dus, on 12 June 2018 - 01:03 PM, said:

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 12:54 PM, said:

View Postex0dus, on 12 June 2018 - 12:40 PM, said:

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 12:30 PM, said:

View Postex0dus, on 12 June 2018 - 12:24 PM, said:

What was the point of the groove rule? Manufacturers were forced to change the way they make wedges, for what? To make the game harder for a handful of long hitting pros, or was it something else?

You said that the groove rule was "a joke."  And I am asking why you think it was a joke.  I presumed that it was more to you, than just an initiative that you disagreed with.  Or, maybe that is all it is.  But you said it was "a joke," and I am asking why it was a "joke."


Changing a rule for maufacturers and millions of players because you don't like the style of play from a handful of pros is a joke. Clear enough for you?

Uh, okay.  So you disagree.  Got it.  The USGA has boxes of data on how different wedges spin.  But what was the problem with "changing a rule for manufacturers and millions of players"?  No one basically got forced into buying anything new.  Manufacturers had plenty of time to change.

And it isn't about "a handful of pros."  It has been phased in carefully to cover all of elite-level golf.  So you're wrong about that.

I disagree with you.  Does that make you "a joke"?


So in other words you don't have any reason for the rule, or have failed to mention it,  other than the one I mentioned. Not surprised.

What exactly did the rule accomplish?

And of course I said the rule as a joke, not the USGA or Mike Davis is a joke, but you turn around say "Does that make you a joke" because you disagree with me. That is exactly the type of response I expect from the USGA.

No; what is clear is that you think that the groove rule didn't produce any of its intended results.  That is your opinion. And that is fine.  Have you asked the USGA; "Did the groove rule fail to work out as you intended?"

But that is all that you have.  I am pointing out that the groove rule was based on real spin data.  There was a real difference in groove and spin performance.  I think that the USGA is quite satisfied that they did the right thing. You can disagree.  Again, it's fine.

But again I press you on the fact that you asserted that the rule was "a joke" and somehow indicative of USGA incompetence.  As if your disagreement with them made it "a joke."

The rule was put into practice very nicely and according to plan.  In no way was it "a joke."


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:09 PM

The hate is so unfair. Why aren't they being praised and rewarded for their breathtaking incompetence? It's 2018 after all.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:11 PM

View PostMrWolf, on 12 June 2018 - 01:09 PM, said:

The hate is so unfair. Why aren't they being praised and rewarded for their breathtaking incompetence? It's 2018 after all.
well according to millenials, its not the USGA's fault at all. the fault lies in the founding members of the tournament deciding it needed to be so tough - those are the cards they were dealt. now they just get to complain about it.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:13 PM

View Postgioguy21, on 12 June 2018 - 01:11 PM, said:

View PostMrWolf, on 12 June 2018 - 01:09 PM, said:

The hate is so unfair. Why aren't they being praised and rewarded for their breathtaking incompetence? It's 2018 after all.
well according to millenials, its not the USGA's fault at all. the fault lies in the founding members of the tournament deciding it needed to be so tough - those are the cards they were dealt. now they just get to complain about it.
What if I don't identify with a particular ruling?

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:13 PM

Can we just give everyone a participation ribbon, hug it out and go get a gosh darn snack???


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:14 PM

View PostDFS PFD, on 12 June 2018 - 01:13 PM, said:

View Postgioguy21, on 12 June 2018 - 01:11 PM, said:

View PostMrWolf, on 12 June 2018 - 01:09 PM, said:

The hate is so unfair. Why aren't they being praised and rewarded for their breathtaking incompetence? It's 2018 after all.
well according to millenials, its not the USGA's fault at all. the fault lies in the founding members of the tournament deciding it needed to be so tough - those are the cards they were dealt. now they just get to complain about it.
What if I don't identify with a particular ruling?
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:14 PM

View Postgioguy21, on 12 June 2018 - 01:11 PM, said:

View PostMrWolf, on 12 June 2018 - 01:09 PM, said:

The hate is so unfair. Why aren't they being praised and rewarded for their breathtaking incompetence? It's 2018 after all.
well according to millenials, its not the USGA's fault at all. the fault lies in the founding members of the tournament deciding it needed to be so tough - those are the cards they were dealt. now they just get to complain about it.

We'll leave that to the players.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:16 PM

I can't say that I see the square groove stuff as a real issue.  I don't have the data to defend the decision, but the decision was implemented in a way to minimize its impact.  Manufacturers were given enough time to revise their production methods, existing clubs were grandfathered in, nobody was forced to buy new clubs.  What's the big deal?  I'd suggest that the anchored putter ban was a bigger deal for many golfers, but even that decision allowed enough room for players to continue to use long putters.  I do agree that anchoring a club against the body differs from the image I have of a golf swing.  I'm surprised that nobody has complained about the rule outlawing croquet-style putting.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:20 PM

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 01:09 PM, said:


No; what is clear is that you think that the groove rule didn't produce any of its intended results.  That is your opinion. And that is fine.  Have you asked the USGA; "Did the groove rule fail to work out as you intended?"

But that is all that you have.  I am pointing out that the groove rule was based on real spin data.  There was a real difference in groove and spin performance.  I think that the USGA is quite satisfied that they did the right thing. You can disagree.  Again, it's fine.

But again I press you on the fact that you asserted that the rule was "a joke" and somehow indicative of USGA incompetence.  As if your disagreement with them made it "a joke."

The rule was put into practice very nicely and according to plan.  In no way was it "a joke."


So what were the "intended results"?  

*crickets*

What was in the "real spin data" that compelled the USGA to compelled the USGA to change the rule?

*crickets*

Why is wedge spin such a bad thing that the rules have to be changed to reduce it?

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:27 PM

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I can't say that I see the square groove stuff as a real issue.  I don't have the data to defend the decision, but the decision was implemented in a way to minimize its impact.  Manufacturers were given enough time to revise their production methods, existing clubs were grandfathered in, nobody was forced to buy new clubs.  What's the big deal?  I'd suggest that the anchored putter ban was a bigger deal for many golfers, but even that decision allowed enough room for players to continue to use long putters.  I do agree that anchoring a club against the body differs from the image I have of a golf swing.  I'm surprised that nobody has complained about the rule outlawing croquet-style putting.

+1.

I was always an agnostic on anchored putting a long putters.  I felt sorry, for any poor bastxxx whose putting was so pathetic that they had to resort to something so ungainly.  I didn't want to hurt them any more than a hole the size of a Scottish drain pipe was already hurting them.

But the USGA saw top-level junior players learning to play that way, and it wasn't for the yips, or a bad back or for arthritic wrists.  It was to take advantage of an anchored stroke.

And so they wanted to ban anchoring.  Trouble is, it is so damned hard to write and enforce a rule against anchored putting.  I never envied the guys who were tasked with that rule-writing.  But just because it is hard to write a rule doesn't mean that it shouldn't be done.  It is hard to write a rule against insider trading on the stock market.  That doesn't mean that we should allow insider trading.

I'm a hard-core; if it were up to me, I'd enforce an absolute length limit on putters.  But even that rule is hard to write.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:29 PM

View Postdavep043, on 12 June 2018 - 01:16 PM, said:

I can't say that I see the square groove stuff as a real issue.  I don't have the data to defend the decision, but the decision was implemented in a way to minimize its impact.  Manufacturers were given enough time to revise their production methods, existing clubs were grandfathered in, nobody was forced to buy new clubs.  What's the big deal?  I'd suggest that the anchored putter ban was a bigger deal for many golfers, but even that decision allowed enough room for players to continue to use long putters.  I do agree that anchoring a club against the body differs from the image I have of a golf swing.  I'm surprised that nobody has complained about the rule outlawing croquet-style putting.

When Bob Jones talked Joe Dey into banning the method in 1968 there were complaints registered by Gary Player, Prescott Bush and ...Jack Nicklaus!

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:31 PM

At this point, I just wonder how much the USGA is paying people to defend their ill-advised decisions and attack critics.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:32 PM

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View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 01:09 PM, said:

No; what is clear is that you think that the groove rule didn't produce any of its intended results.  That is your opinion. And that is fine.  Have you asked the USGA; "Did the groove rule fail to work out as you intended?"

But that is all that you have.  I am pointing out that the groove rule was based on real spin data.  There was a real difference in groove and spin performance.  I think that the USGA is quite satisfied that they did the right thing. You can disagree.  Again, it's fine.

But again I press you on the fact that you asserted that the rule was "a joke" and somehow indicative of USGA incompetence.  As if your disagreement with them made it "a joke."

The rule was put into practice very nicely and according to plan.  In no way was it "a joke."


So what were the "intended results"?  

*crickets*

What was in the "real spin data" that compelled the USGA to compelled the USGA to change the rule?

*crickets*

Why is wedge spin such a bad thing that the rules have to be changed to reduce it?

*crickets*

Did you want me to answer, or did you want to stay safe in a presumption that I wouldn't or couldn't answer?

Is *crickets* how I should go about answering my own questions?

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:33 PM

https://www.usga.org...ns-answers.html

Some information from the USGA regarding the groove rule changes.  I'm not sure where to find the reports published in 2006 and 2007, but a reasoned protest of the rules should probably involve researching that data.  It looks like the USGA actually did significant study before proposing any changes, and allowed feedback from manufacturers before they finalized the revised equipment specifications.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:34 PM

View PostQMany, on 12 June 2018 - 01:31 PM, said:

At this point, I just wonder how much the USGA is paying people to defend their ill-advised decisions and attack critics.

Not enough!  I'll take just one million, of the 19 million that Wally Uihelin took home from Acushnet Holdings Company, Inc., in 2016.  And for that, I'll work a lot harder at it.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:35 PM

Of course, the R&A isn't exempt from stupid bans. They banned center shafted putters from 1910-1952, but the USGA did not.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:36 PM

See my edit above for the article that outlines it.  THey even called the players quitters.  



Look.  I do not hate the usga at its core. I found the testing lab to be well run and very accessible when I've had to use it for irons to be tested.  Very nice folks I've spoken and worked with.  

But.  That doesn't mean that the leaders of that great membership aren't clueless. Or maybe more accurate. Very calculated in their attempts to continue their cronyism, yet pretty transparent at the same time.  

Here's a conspiracy I've just realized.  

The Cat who is he superintendent at Shinnecock. Now.  He was the guy who set the pin on the seventh on Sunday at Shinnecock 04.  And was responsible for that green.  Sometime between now and then he became super at the Chicago golf club.  And now super at Shinnecock. Hmmm. Both original usga founding clubs.  Hmmmm. Why would you promote the guy who was in he center of that fiasco so many times ?  Hmmm. To keep him quiet ?   To keep the " team " together ?  I don't know. Just found it pretty odd.



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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:37 PM

View Postdavep043, on 12 June 2018 - 01:33 PM, said:

https://www.usga.org...ns-answers.html

Some information from the USGA regarding the groove rule changes.  I'm not sure where to find the reports published in 2006 and 2007, but a reasoned protest of the rules should probably involve researching that data.  It looks like the USGA actually did significant study before proposing any changes, and allowed feedback from manufacturers before they finalized the revised equipment specifications.

Yeah the 2006 study was published.  I recall it as a .pdf somewhere a long time ago.  2007 was a quick surprise follow-up, wasn't it?  The groove thing is so settled to me, that I haven't given it much thought for many years.

I hope somebody looks it up and provides a link.  I don't have the time to do all the research for my four-dozen or so opponents here.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:40 PM

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 01:34 PM, said:

View PostQMany, on 12 June 2018 - 01:31 PM, said:

At this point, I just wonder how much the USGA is paying people to defend their ill-advised decisions and attack critics.

Not enough!  I'll take just one million, of the 19 million that Wally Uihelin took home from Acushnet Holdings Company, Inc., in 2016.  And for that, I'll work a lot harder at it.
Actually, I quite enjoy rebutting the lynch-mob mentality of the USGA haters.  I don't have to agree with everything the USGA does to appreciate the very difficult things that they actually do.  And I've yet to see anyone suggest a better option, other than one reasoned approach to a better handicap system.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:41 PM

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 01:32 PM, said:

View Postex0dus, on 12 June 2018 - 01:20 PM, said:

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 01:09 PM, said:

No; what is clear is that you think that the groove rule didn't produce any of its intended results.  That is your opinion. And that is fine.  Have you asked the USGA; "Did the groove rule fail to work out as you intended?"

But that is all that you have.  I am pointing out that the groove rule was based on real spin data.  There was a real difference in groove and spin performance.  I think that the USGA is quite satisfied that they did the right thing. You can disagree.  Again, it's fine.

But again I press you on the fact that you asserted that the rule was "a joke" and somehow indicative of USGA incompetence.  As if your disagreement with them made it "a joke."

The rule was put into practice very nicely and according to plan.  In no way was it "a joke."


So what were the "intended results"?  

*crickets*

What was in the "real spin data" that compelled the USGA to compelled the USGA to change the rule?

*crickets*

Why is wedge spin such a bad thing that the rules have to be changed to reduce it?

*crickets*

Did you want me to answer, or did you want to stay safe in a presumption that I wouldn't or couldn't answer?

Is *crickets* how I should go about answering my own questions?


*crickets* is my prediction of your response. I would certainly welcome your answers but don't expect them.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:41 PM

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 12:55 PM, said:

View PostAshley Schaeffer, on 12 June 2018 - 12:51 PM, said:

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 12:47 PM, said:

View PostAshley Schaeffer, on 12 June 2018 - 12:36 PM, said:

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15th, do you agree with the way the USGA handled the DJ situation in 2016?



Pretty much, yeah.  I haven't given it much thought since then.  If the feeling was that the damage done was damage to Johnson's confidence and psyche and self-control by informing him of the ruling under consideration, it didn't much matter, did it?  If the question was, was it an incident that revealed some kind of insular arrogance of the USGA, that too was blown up by several things.  One was that by informing Johnson early, the USGA was trying to make it as clear as possible as early as possible what they were considering.  In response to other 'notification' kerfuffles.'  But the USGA regretted that, and openly said so if I am recalling correctly.  I think the ruling itself was a close call; I recall being torn about it.  I wasn't exactly sure.  That happens in sports, doesn't it?  Close calls?  And then in the end the USGA has taken steps to try to better deal with that entire scenario in the future.

I don't know; is "Dustin Johnson" the worst thing anybody can come up with, regarding the USGA?  Personally, I think it is a non-issue which is why I'm probably not the best person to ask on that one.

Do you want this to be a trap question for me?  I think if you asked the USGA itself about the Dustin Johnson case, their answer would be something like, "We are dissatisfied with how that occurred, and we want to avoid it in the future..."

I was just wondering if you agreed with how the USGA handled it.
I'm glad to learn that you think they handled it just fine.

I wrote what I wrote, Ashley Schaeffer.  That is what I think.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:45 PM

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View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 01:34 PM, said:

View PostQMany, on 12 June 2018 - 01:31 PM, said:

At this point, I just wonder how much the USGA is paying people to defend their ill-advised decisions and attack critics.

Not enough!  I'll take just one million, of the 19 million that Wally Uihelin took home from Acushnet Holdings Company, Inc., in 2016.  And for that, I'll work a lot harder at it.
Actually, I quite enjoy rebutting the lynch-mob mentality of the USGA haters.  I don't have to agree with everything the USGA does to appreciate the very difficult things that they actually do.  And I've yet to see anyone suggest a better option, other than one reasoned approach to a better handicap system.

And of course I've made it clear that I haven't agreed with the USGA on everything, either.   I agree with the USGA mostly, for good reason.  So prefer to deal with specifics, and with specific reasons.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:48 PM

View PostKevinx, on 12 June 2018 - 06:39 AM, said:

It's cause Mike Davis is an idiot. No special exempt for Retif Goosen but gives one to Erie Els and Furyik. The setup at Shinnecock will be so hard  and take the players 6 hours to play will be boring and unwatchable. Us open is the worst major.

I'm on the fence on special exemptions but this one made me sad because Goosen played really well last week, won some tough Opens and is a great guy.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:51 PM

View PostKevinx, on 12 June 2018 - 06:39 AM, said:

It's cause Mike Davis is an idiot. No special exempt for Retif Goosen but gives one to Erie Els and Furyik. The setup at Shinnecock will be so hard  and take the players 6 hours to play will be boring and unwatchable. Us open is the worst major.

I'm on the fence on special exemptions but this one made me sad because Goosen played really well last week, won some tough Opens and is a great guy.

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View Postex0dus, on 12 June 2018 - 11:37 AM, said:

The groove rule was a joke. Chambers Bay, likewise.  The anchoring ban, another joke. Anchoring was fine until someone won a major, then all of a sudden the USGA decided to ban anchoring because they didn't like the way it looked. And of course the rule was a mess which why there is still controversy about anchoring. The DJ ruling....ugh.

During the Open Championship you hardly ever hear anyone mention the R&A. During the US Open the USGA it is exactly the opposit.

I have made it a personal policy to challenge anyone, anytime they say something like, "the groove rule was a joke."  My usual habit and custom is to first ask, "Why do you think it was a joke?"

And when they tell you why, which has happened a dozen times in the distance thread, you just turtle up and play "bad lawyer from NCIS".

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:54 PM

View Postdavep043, on 12 June 2018 - 01:40 PM, said:

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 01:34 PM, said:

View PostQMany, on 12 June 2018 - 01:31 PM, said:

At this point, I just wonder how much the USGA is paying people to defend their ill-advised decisions and attack critics.

Not enough!  I'll take just one million, of the 19 million that Wally Uihelin took home from Acushnet Holdings Company, Inc., in 2016.  And for that, I'll work a lot harder at it.
Actually, I quite enjoy rebutting the lynch-mob mentality of the USGA haters.  I don't have to agree with everything the USGA does to appreciate the very difficult things that they actually do.  And I've yet to see anyone suggest a better option, other than one reasoned approach to a better handicap system.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:54 PM

View Postdavep043, on 12 June 2018 - 01:40 PM, said:

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 01:34 PM, said:

View PostQMany, on 12 June 2018 - 01:31 PM, said:

At this point, I just wonder how much the USGA is paying people to defend their ill-advised decisions and attack critics.

Not enough!  I'll take just one million, of the 19 million that Wally Uihelin took home from Acushnet Holdings Company, Inc., in 2016.  And for that, I'll work a lot harder at it.
Actually, I quite enjoy rebutting the lynch-mob mentality of the USGA haters.  I don't have to agree with everything the USGA does to appreciate the very difficult things that they actually do.  And I've yet to see anyone suggest a better option, other than one reasoned approach to a better handicap system.

The PGA of America.  
The PGA of America can adopt the USGA rules that make sense.
PGA of America Rules can govern all play.
PGA of America Professionals, who run the local tournaments, can interpret and apply their own association's rules for local tournaments.
PGA of America Professionals, who talk to players, give lessons, run youth clinics, and otherwise are on the front lines of the game, can give the feedback and comments directly to their own association to govern the game in the US.
The PGA of America can decide which "studies" it wants to fund using member dues, but the members, who are in touch with the game, will have a say on what is needed.
The PGA of America can decide which "studies" it wants to fund via other means, and outsource them to the lowest bidder.
The PGA of America can outsource equipment testing to the lowest bidder.  The USGA can submit a bid.

In short, the Professional Golfers Association of America is WAY more in touch with the amateur game than the USGA.  Somewhat ironic.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 01:56 PM

View Postex0dus, on 12 June 2018 - 01:20 PM, said:

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 01:09 PM, said:

No; what is clear is that you think that the groove rule didn't produce any of its intended results.  That is your opinion. And that is fine.  Have you asked the USGA; "Did the groove rule fail to work out as you intended?"

But that is all that you have.  I am pointing out that the groove rule was based on real spin data.  There was a real difference in groove and spin performance.  I think that the USGA is quite satisfied that they did the right thing. You can disagree.  Again, it's fine.

But again I press you on the fact that you asserted that the rule was "a joke" and somehow indicative of USGA incompetence.  As if your disagreement with them made it "a joke."

The rule was put into practice very nicely and according to plan.  In no way was it "a joke."


So what were the "intended results"?  

*crickets*

No, not "crickets."  You could ask the USGA, or write to them, or research what their thinking was.  But you want me to do that for you, right?  You could find and read the 2006 published study.  And personally, although I don't speak for the USGA, I expect that their answer might be along the lines of, "The combination of technolgocially-produced distance, plus the desire/habit of utilizing longer rough around the greens to penalize errant shots, made us want to de-emphasize the technologically-produced control that comes from the combination of square grooves and urethane-covered golf balls in longer grass.

What was in the "real spin data" that compelled the USGA to compelled the USGA to change the rule?

*crickets*

It's in the 2006 report, among many other places including some university studies.  Look 'em up.  The data was rather consistent.

Why is wedge spin such a bad thing that the rules have to be changed to reduce it?

*crickets*

It was to do more, to reward play from short grass and to penalize play from long grass.  Very generally.  Incrementally, some might say.  And of course the USGA's testing showed that it didn't much matter what sort of grooves you had, if you were playing with a down-market ball like an ionomer-cover ball.  So that the majority of recreational players who never purchased urethane balls had nothing to worry about.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:01 PM

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 12:26 PM, said:

View Postbladehunter, on 12 June 2018 - 12:11 PM, said:

View PostAshley Schaeffer, on 12 June 2018 - 12:09 PM, said:

View Post15th Club, on 12 June 2018 - 11:50 AM, said:

View PostDFS PFD, on 12 June 2018 - 11:44 AM, said:

Honest ignorance here, with an honest question, what organization was behind the Lexi Thompson ruling? That was the most atrocious decision I've heard about in professional golf, and painful to watch.

Honest, clear answer: it was the USGA.

And the USGA supplied a completely public accounting of the ruling, and the reaction, HERE.  I commend it to you, straight up.

I thought it was the correct ruling.  I have absolutely no problem, with any golf ruling as long as it is the right ruling.  I don't care if it was caught by a tv assistant director, or a commentator, or a former USGA executive having a cocktail at home in Florida on his big-screen.

And by the way; what other sports league or front office is as transparent as the USGA?

Edit.; yes, the event was the ANA Inspiration, an LPGA-sanctioned event.  That's probably a better answer, if you are asking who imposed the ruling.  The Rules of Golf were obviously "behind the ruling."  Too much USGA-defense on my mind this week, a/k/a "USGA Hateweek."

15th, do you agree with the way the USGA handled the DJ situation in 2016?

And the blaming of the super for loosing the greens at Shinnecock , when they know full welll they establish Control weeks or months  before the event.

I blame the USGA completely for the Seventh green in 2004.  Again, I say that what gets overlooked in that was the upset that the newly-developed urethane ball phenomenon was causing at that time, as the ruling bodies were coming to grips with an unprecedented distance gain in the few years preceding that championship.

In any event, I don't think that anyone at the USGA is blaming any superintendent or staff member now.  And as far as I know, one person (Walter Driver) did that out of defensive ignorance or misinformation.

Tom Meeks, ex- of the USGA says that he alone takes the blame.

Again, isn't this a case of mythmaking taking over the actual story?  The actual story is that a mistake was made, and it was made for a complex of reasons.  But the mythmaking takes over, because the popular narrative is to try to find reasons to hate on the USGA.

And none of those reasons was the ball. The ProV1 had been out for four years by that point and the USGA had their hands on them before that point.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:01 PM

View Postdavep043, on 12 June 2018 - 01:33 PM, said:

https://www.usga.org...ns-answers.html

Some information from the USGA regarding the groove rule changes.  I'm not sure where to find the reports published in 2006 and 2007, but a reasoned protest of the rules should probably involve researching that data.  It looks like the USGA actually did significant study before proposing any changes, and allowed feedback from manufacturers before they finalized the revised equipment specifications.


That is exactly why I think the groove rule was joke. They change the rule for everyone because they don't like the way the best players in the world are playing.

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The funny part is that the USGA has made the rough less of a challenge in the US Open than it was in past years, but I am sure the irony is lost on them
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:03 PM

As far as the pros go, I think it really got going when Payne Stewart was critical on TV for the 18th at Olympic, then Phil at Shinnecock.  that Par 3 was ridiculous

Groove rule.  Stooooopid.  .

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