What many expected would happen at last week’s USGA annual meeting didn’t take place at all, unless you count a prediction that an announcement expected next month will be well worth the wait.
That’s nothing new in golf, an industry in which every announcement promises to be a game-changer, that is until the next proclamation is made, promising that its contents will instead revolutionize the game.
In this particular case, a better insight into a five-year modernization of the Rules of Golf was expected at the AGM, but instead, the first draft won’t be ready until March.
According to USGA executive director Mike Davis, the final product won’t change the game, but it will offer better understanding of the rules and why they exist.
You can read more in this story by Ryan Herrington in Golf Digest.
The restructured rules may well do what Davis says. It’s difficult to say at this point without actually seeing that first draft put together by the USGA and R&A.
The question is will anybody notice? Certainly, competitive players will need to take note, but what about the recreational players who you know? Will it matter much to the masses when the reworked rules are introduced next month?
That’s the subject of this week’s GNN Poll.
You can voted below or on the GNN home page and, as always, feel free to voice your opinion in the Comments section below.
Do you expect most golfers, either competitive or recreational, will pay attention when the USGA/R&A introduce the first draft of a restructured Rules of Golf next month?
- YES (53%)
- NO (47%)