Fellow golfers, take heed of the online survey that can save the sport.
The USGA and the Royal and Ancient are distributing the survey, finding out if there’s overwhelming support to limit the distance golf balls travel. If you receive the survey, respond. Tell the governing bodies that golf’s growing dependence on science is making obsolete the sport’s historic courses and its records.
Golfers like hitting shots longer and straighter, but there needs to be a limit. Technology has allowed players like Dustin Johnson to drive their golf balls over 400 yards. Legendary courses such as Augusta National are being lengthened in a never-ending challenge to stay ahead of technology.
New courses have to take the new distances into consideration, so 7,000-yard courses — which used to be the maximum — are now the norm. As Jack Nicklaus suggested, it would be much easier, cheaper and take less space to place limits on golf clubs and golf balls. Of course, Nicklaus is right.