@ Futtocks considering that you are a L86 Tour Pro how do you know about whats going on at the tips ? Why would it even concern you at your present tier . By the time you make it to the tips who knows what will be happening . Not trying to disrespect you but your comments do make me ponder your out look on this topic .
My observation is that a significant number of legends+ won't play vs Pro/Tour Pro - I have personally heard the reason of "ridiculous tee advantage".... In reality another way would have been to have drivers of only up to 255yds for Ranks below Legend - but that's not feasible when everyone's already armed with 275yd+ drivers.
It is a heavy advantage if alt.shot games end up with (eg) a Legend & low level plyr or a Tour Pro plyr with short driver ... vs 2x long driver Tour Pro - ends up very 1 sided with the Tour Pros normally winning within 6 or 7 holes - which some may like but it's a bit daft. & Unless you know the players just looking at averages when setting up a "fair" game doesn't then work.
Potentially for Tour Pro's typically with averages 67+ to low 70's, there is currently no dramatic incentive to put in the ranked rounds to drop average to below 67 & go Master or further to Legend thereafter - it seems - just makes alt.shot games unbalanced/harder & less fun.
I understand w gee tee might want to push ball sales as the way to recover, rather than one-off club sales, of course - a bit like the difference between the good old buy-it-once vs. modern marketing efforts to get monthly subscriptions for everything from socks to razor blades, for those of us lucky enough to be able to afford piling up monthly subscriptions for everything.
Lastly, only w gee tee will know what the "play up to legend level, then stop playing" rate/stats look like - but a perception I have is that quite a lot of people played up to Master/Tour Master or Legend then just stop playing or play just occasionally... potentially because of frustration. (eg based on reviews of w gee tee in some review websites)