Gene Yasuda recently documented TaylorMade-Adidas Golf President and CEO Mark King’s frustrations about the rules of golf. King believes that more people don’t pick up golf because “it’s no fun. It’s really hard.” King suggests the USGA should “change the rules of the game, bifurcate them (one set for “serious” golfers; another set for recreational players).” In essence, King wants to make golf easier for amateurs.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about why people play golf. I believe the challenge of the game is what makes golf so appealing. Golf’s difficulty makes good rounds and great shots meaningful and worth sharing. Moreover, golf’s traditions and self-policing rules make it unique among sports; professional and serious amateur golfers don’t cheat.
Does the USGA need to change the rules to make golf easier for amateurs?