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  •  driving distance as "the secret" (0+ / 0-)

    doesn't make much sense to me, no matter how far you can drive the ball. A 280 yard drive is counted exactly the same as a three foot putt on the score card.

    Every golfer knows that the most strokes in a round come from the face of the putter.  It is baked into "par" for every hole - where TWO putts are the standard.  Even pros who are skilled enough to shoot below par for a course will still record a solid plurality of their strokes on the putting green.  On a good day, Bubba Watson may record a 69 score for a par 72 course but he is still likely to take 28 or more putts to get there (while driving the ball only 14 times).

    If you want to equalize golf according to a skill which is most likely effect the final score you should focus on the putting green and not the tee.  Do this instead:  dig four separate holes/cups for every green with each hole designated by a different colored flag based on skill level.   Pros play to the hole with standard cup dimensions.  0-5 handicap play to a hole which is a slightly wider; 6-18 handicap play to a hole which is a couple inches wider still; and players with 19+ handicap play to a hole which the widest yet, at least three times the size of the standard cup.

    •  an interesting idea but I see problems (0+ / 0-)

      with 4 holes on the green you're likely to land in one of them and very possibly the "wrong" one. Let's take a 6-18 handicapper (a wide range of skill!) who hits a decent shot into the green, it's going to roll up close to the pin but oh! it fell into the 19+ hole! Where does the ball get placed? 3 feet from the 6-18 hole (where it would have gone...maybe) or next to the 19+ hole, 20 feet away?

      It would work, though, on courses designed for those handicaps. An entire course with holes eight inches wide...boy, that'd be different!

      As it is, the current handicap system is supposed to make it work and for the most part, it does.

      Dear NSA: I am only joking.

      by Shahryar on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 01:12:21 PM PDT

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      •  Multiple holes wont work- I agree. (0+ / 0-)

        Setting up a practice green, one might have 9 holes with plastic sleeves and little flags. I always tried to allow for the long cross green putt as well as med & short putts when making new holes on a practice green.

        Some courses use 2 holes cut in the greens during winter, when one group finishes play, they put the flag in the hole they didnt putt to. From personal experience I can tell you that even with just 2 holes on a green, someone always gets involved with the wrong hole.

        .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 01:33:49 PM PDT

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      •  You're right, of course (0+ / 0-)

        the concept is not feasible.  Another potential problem is cup placement itself.  For example, the course manager could arbitrarily decide to place the high handicap hole on a steep part of the green and the low handicap cup on a flatter part of the green -thereby nullifying any potential advantage in cup size.

        Truth be told: I suspect most amateurs like me (15 handicap) waste far too many shots every round in or near the "apron" area close to the green.  This area is where the low handicap player shines.  I can't tell you how many times I've come up anywhere 5 to 50 feet short or long (left/right) of the green on my 2nd shot only to flub a chip leaving a 20-25 foot put for a par ....only to watch a player in my group hit the same type of shot within 3-4 ft of the hole.  More often than not he will sink that short putt whereas I will take a bogey (or double).

        ----maybe a better idea would be to draw a circle 40-50 feet out from around the edge of the green in all directions and designate the area a free drop zone.  High handicap golfers would be able to pick-up their ball without penalty and place it at the nearest point on the green in line with the flag and two inches in from the edge.  I swear I could save about 8 shots per round!

    •  I actually played a course in Dallas many (0+ / 0-)

      years ago. It was very crowded and the owners wanted to shorten the time required to play a round so the decided to make the cups 1 foot in diameter. Helped a little, but not much.

      Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

      by hestal on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 09:19:31 AM PDT

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