I think this could be the worst thing to happen in golf in quite awhile. The game for us 99.9% is hard, it's really hard. So to penalize that section of the actual paying population of the game will be the final nail in the coffin possibly for the game of golf. Penalizing that 99.9% that pays to keep the courses open, and the registers at the proshops registers riniging is just an awful idea.
To knock roughly 20% off the drives of am golfers that hit ball roughly 240 off the tee (which is more than the average golfer already) is 48 yards. So the guy that averages 240 will be averaging 190+/- off the tee. I don't know about you but that sounds like fun to me (sarcasm)?
My old man is 70, and his playing partners are too. Just 2 seasons ago they swallowed their pride and moved from the mens tees to the senior tees. They got sick of not having fun hitting driver fairway wood/hybrids/long irons into what we'd consider short to mid par 4's. So like I said they swallowed some pride and moved forward to the senior tees (which are basically the womens tees on like 13/18 holes). Now take away 20% from these dedicated lifer's of the game and you rob the fun they just gained.
I mean this really will be the final nail in coffin to growing the game, getting the 2-3x's a month player, and possibly newbies from getting fully involved.
Changing the whole game for .01% of golfers in just asinine. Why not grow the rough thicker on tour, slow down the damn fairways so they're not getting 30-40 yards of roll off the tee, make the bunkers bigger, and the landing znes for drivers smaller. Hell get rid of par 5's if your worried about protecting par. Nobody wants to watch Tiger and Rory rip 260-270 yard drives....