The USGA and R&A actually announced Rollback golf plans a year ago. Recently, these rumors have been circulating more frequently, causing numerous reactions. Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee is surprised about the direction the governing bodies are taking with these changes.
He feels there are many reasons why such a decision might not be the best move. "I appreciate the governing bodies and what they mean to the game, but on the roll back issue they are not only out of touch with the game they govern, but the people that play it."- Chamblee wrote on social media.
A large number of golfers publicly opposed such decisions. On the other hand, they are aware that they cannot do much if the governing bodies plan to introduce new things. Almost every professional is against such changes. However, time will best tell whether these decisions will be implemented and how much this will affect golf as a sport.
"It is a very small number of people that are in favor of a roll back. Golf course architects of which there are what, maybe a hundred or so? Golf course architect geeks of which there are maybe a few thousand? And a very few tour players and former tour players, compared to 50 million global golfers against it and 28,000 PGA of America members against it and most every single touring professional against it."
Brandel Chamblee isn't satisfied
Chamblee believes this will have a huge impact on golfers, especially those who have spent time practicing that aspect of the game.
They will have no other option but to accept things as they are. Chamblee does not understand why such decisions are implemented even though most cannot carry the ball that far. "The average LPGA tour player flies the ball 220 yards, the average male amateur carries the ball 215 yards, the average female amateur carries the ball 147 yards, (all numbers courtesy of a USGA report btw) but because a few tour players through years of practice, thousands of hours in the gym, and yes, advances in tech, can carry the ball 283.8 yards (tour average for 2023) they want to penalize 50 million golfers.
Please. Appreciate the athleticism of the best, but don’t punish the only people in the game that will feel the sting of this decision."