This is a great debate because every solution has one, two, three, or more good counter arguments.
As far as the two main solutions go:
Bifurcation: we’ll play with a ball for the pros and a different ball for the 99.99% - I personally don’t get/want bifurcation because I love playing the same game as the pros. This is what separates golf from other sports. We’re playing the same sport as the best in the game and can compare ourselves to them on a level playing field. Yes there are differences between “them” and “us” but there is no game/sport like golf. It’s a driving force behind the popularity in the game and one of the reasons that keeps me coming back for more.
Roll back the ball and everyone will use the same ball because amateurs don’t compress it and won’t lose that much distance- Well what about the large segment of amateurs who do compress the ball and would lose significant distance? Why should being able to drive the ball far be penalized, but amateurs who don’t compress it won’t lose very much distance? That’s a skill just like being able to hit the ball straight, having good short game touch, or being able to read greens and putt well.
I understand we don’t want the game to be solely about distance and we don’t want many of golf’s greatest courses to be obsolete. But it seems as though only one facet/skill of the game is being penalized.
Maybe I’m wrong and I know many golf purists will disagree. But I love pulling out the big stick and ripping one down the middle and having a shorter club. It makes the game fun for me seeing how far I can pummel that little dimply ball down there.