DELRAY BEACH, Florida – The USGA and R&A version of “Trading Places’’’ crop report was released this week and it’s loaded with authentic golf governing bodies gibberish.
The “Distance in Golf’’ update report cites the USGA and R&A continuation to focus on distance and work to assess “potential future changes that address the long-term cycle of consistent increases in hitting distances.’’
Changes to the Equipment Rules, according to the governing bodies, “could provide’’ the potential for enhanced innovation for recreational golfers. That’s a way of potentially allowing bi-furcation without having to say the “B’’ word.
According to the report, he governing bodies believe that the changes being considered could:
* Address hitting distances for the longest hitters, whose impact on the game and golf courses has been the most significant
* Minimize the impact on shorter hitters with slower swing speeds at the recreational level
* Allow for continued innovation of balls and clubs for players at all levels.
Read the report with this in mind: The USGA and R&A execs actually are trying to clean up a mess the bodies created more than 20 years ago, specifically with urethane-covered golf balls. Now the USGA and R&A want to rewrite history.
Their actions (and words) seem to indicate that they didn’t get it right the first time – but somehow they will this time.
I’m not so sure.