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Nicklaus Suggests 'rating' System To Keep Shorter Courses Challenging

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#1 Madambo


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 08:35 AM

Jack Nicklaus has long held the position that golf courses don't need to get longer — the ball needs to be reigned in.

But this week he went a step further, suggesting that golf courses' lengths should be rated by the USGA and assigned a percentage score. Then players could choose from several "rated" balls to adjust the difficulty of the course to their abilities. 

“Take an old course that 5,800 yards. That doesn’t challenge anybody," Nicklaus said at an appearance in West Palm Beach, Fla., as reported by the A Position. "If you made that a 70 percent golf course and have a 70 percent ball for it, it would play [difficult].... If you want to play an 80 or 100 percent ball, go play it. All you’re doing is making the course play shorter and faster.’’



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 08:45 AM

USGA changed the rules on wedge design. They could change the rules around ball compression. It worked to an extent in tennis. Federer would agree. Tiger might like the idea and promote it through Bridgestone.

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 04:45 PM

Is this a pros only type gig?

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 02:34 PM

Is this a pros only type gig?

I hope so. I watched the highlights of the Tour Championship recently and Xander Schauffele hit driver - 6 iron into the 567 yard 18th hole in his final round.
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