Originally Posted by bruceuk
Originally Posted by cgkdisc
How easily can you measure 30m during competition?
A 30m distance could be measured the same way the 10m currently is, you ask the group 'am I outside 30?' and go with the decision. Granted if there is disagreement it takes slightly longer to pace it off.
I'm guessing the accuracy to which the group can judge 10m is far superior to their ability to accurately asses 30m or 50m.
In reality if it's close I see most groups just saying "you're outside" as the probability of hitting a 30m/98' shot is pretty low from either S&D or jump putt, and the hassle of pacing off 98' just isn't worth it in almost all cases. [The 2013 rules allowing laser range finders makes some of this easier though.]
With the existing 10m circle it's feasible for TDs to prep courses with painted 10m circles around baskets at major events to eliminate ambiguity. Increasing that to 30m or 50m makes it impractical.
Fairway markers sound good in theory, but implementing that at [all] existing courses is a huge undertaking. Holes with multiple pin positions require multiple markers or the markers to be moved.