QA Survey Question Results


Editor's Note: This is the latest in a weekly Q&A feature from GOLF CHANNEL's Chief Technical Advisor Frank Thomas. To submit a question for possible use in this column, email
A good lesson is; if you are not prepared to read the answers then dont ask the question.
I was fully prepared to do the analysis of the four questions I asked but did not anticipate the volume of the additional comments from our readers in the mini-survey we conducted last week. These very considered comments and thoughts were provided by more than 50% of the respondents and amounted to more than 51,000 words. I will summarize these next week in a separate document.
More than 1,500 readers answered the four questions we presented last week.
Here are the results with my comments:
Question 1) How important is it to you that there be only one set of rules?
The table shows the results on a five point scale.
Very important --- 57%
#2 --------------------- 16%
#3 --------------------- 10%
#4 ---------------------- 5%
Not important ------ 13%
I think we have a winner in that one set of rules is important. This is good for golf.
Question 2) Do you think something should be done in the equipment regulations to rein in some of the extraordinary performances exhibited by tour players and the like?
Yes ------ 26%
No ------- 74%
It looks like our readers dont think reining in the pros by using equipment regulations is necessary. After all, they are the best of the best and there are other means to challenge them.
Question 3) If the equipment performance rules did change because of Pro performance and they detrimentally affected you and/or your performance, how likely is it that you would ignore the change and continue to use your existing (now non-conforming) equipment?
Very likely --------------- 47%
#2 -------------------------- 12%
#3 -------------------------- 10%
#4 -------------------------- 7%
Not at all likely --------- 24%
If the equipment performance rules were to change which would detrimentally affect golfers, it looks like about 60% would continue to use their existing equipment and ignore the rule (this is not good for golf). The performance of the majority of golfers (99%) must be carefully considered before adopting a rules change.
Question 4) Do you think that a Ten club (local) rule for elite players is a better idea than changing equipment performance standards for everybody?
Yes ----------------- 63%
No ------------------ 37%
This is a solution which costs nothing and is easy to evaluate. It will not affect current equipment specifications nor will it cause the disruption that having two sets of performance rules for equipment may.
I think a reasonable conclusion is that the majority of golfers want one set of rules but may ignore a rules change, which would render their existing equipment -- which works for them -- non-conforming.
I hope this message gets to the right places in time.
Next week I will summarize the comments and thoughts from our readers on this subject.
I hope this is interesting and useful information and I would like to thank all of our readers who responded to the survey and gave me their thoughts.
Thank you

Thoroughly enjoy the discussions each week. Stores and manufacturers seem bent on placing tags, especially price tags, on the shaft of the club. What is the best method for getting these tightly adhered buggers off the shaft without damaging the shaft? Ive tried everything. And also, is there any truth to the golf legend that once you take the price tag off (aka after you buy it) its guaranteed to not go as straight ' only joking but it sure seems like the case for most of us!


Thanks for the kind remarks and I am pleased you are enjoying the weekly Q&As.
First, let me say that there are few places better than the shaft to place the stickers you refer to. One of these is a Bar Code (UPC code) which identifies the product details and the price. This helps in inventory control and a quick checkout.
Sometimes an additional price tag is glued to the shaft, in an effort to help the customer make a decision before going to the checkout counter.
The best way to remove these tags is to borrow a hair dryer (some stores use a heat gun), turn it up to high, and heat up the price tag. This will soften the glue --- very good glue as you have discovered -- to the point where it will be easier to peel off.
You are right in your belief that when you remove the tag the club will no longer perform as well as it does when the tag is in full view, and you are constantly reminded how much you paid for the implement. This phenomenon has been proven over and over again, just ask any superstitious golfer. Or it may be that the club likes to have the tag attached.
On the other hand, if the club starts misbehaving itself, you may not want your buddies to see how much you paid for such a badly behaved instrument.
Keith, you do have a dilemma, which you alone must resolve and this starts with finding your wifes or girlfriends hairdryer and then sit down to make the big decision, Do I or Dont I take it off?
You are on your own from here. I hope you make the right decision
Hoppy HolidaysFrank Thomas, inventor of the graphite shaft, is founder of Frankly Golf, a company dedicated to Helping Golfers. Frank is Chief Technical Advisor to The Golf Channel and Golf Digest. He served as Technical Director of the USGA for 26 years and directed the development of the GHIN System and introduced the Stimpmeter to the world of golf. To email a question for possible use in an upcoming Let's Be Frank column, please email