The Latest from the Rollback Wars and the Excellence of Bel-Air CC with Geoff Shackelford

Yesterday marked the end of the official “comment period” for the USGA and R&A’s proposed Model Local Rule regarding a reduced-flight golf ball for elite competition. That’s right, ya missed it. But the PGA Tour and the PGA of America submitted their comments on time, and they’re opposed. Why have these organizations rallied against the governing bodies? How have equipment companies put their thumbs on the scale? What’s the likelihood that the USGA and R&A will cave? Garrett discusses all of those questions with Geoff Shackelford (@geoffshac), the author of the Quadrilateral newsletter as well as the new book Golf Architecture for Normal People. In the second half of the episode, Garrett and Geoff shift to sunnier topics: the delight that was last week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur at Bel-Air Country Club, the merits of Bel-Air’s design and agronomy, and the unexpected two-major season from Lilia Vu, yet another young product of Southern California’s public-golf scene.