I love this topic but as with anything today, it’s caused a lot of smart people to say stupid things. I am certainly a big proponent of bifurcation on many fronts.
I don’t know why when a rule changes, it has to impact everyone. My father used a belly putter and since the ban, he’s gotten worse and more frustrated with golf. That seems like a heavy price to pay to prevent Tim Clarke from making cuts. Imagine if they outlawed the claw grip (and I’ll do you one more, vacated wins by people using the claw/belly putter a la the NCAA). Bye bye Adam Scott’s Masters.
Likewise with wedges - sure its probably not as big a difference - but did amateurs really need to be forced to buy new wedges that make the game ‘harder’ for them? The pros know how to impart spin on the ball and control the spin and the groove change separates the best golfers from the average on the professional level.
With the ball, rolling it back 10% or so would still benefit the DJs and Rory’s just as it did when Jack was playing. The longest hitters will always have the shorter club in. In rolling the ball back you could create a ball that spins more, hence making it harder to hit straight. There is no reason to penalize the amateurs with a ball that flies shorter and more erratic. That 84 will turn into a 91 and more frustration and less enjoyment. And you may say you would move up a tee but you aren’t. If amateurs play the white tees to begin with, they aren’t ‘swallowing their pride’ and playing the senior or ladies tees - sorry.
Professionals spend all their time perfecting their craft. They will always be better than amateurs no matter what field its in. Turbo tax was created to help the amateur tax preparer. Tax professionals will still use the classic forms since they understand them. Point being, the amateur needs help to perform similarly to the professional.
Manufacturers will still make a boat load of money. They can still push their same marketing campaigns. If you remember, TItleist was pushing the swing speed argument for every club. I’ve seen a few arguments for the compression of the golf ball. If you’re telling me the ball doesn’t compress at lower club head speeds, then pros must not be able to compress the ball with a 9 iron. Titleist can still create ads with pros for the amateur. And they can still make money doing so.
I just hope the powers that be figure it out so us fans and players can continue to enjoy the game and the professionals can play more interesting courses.