Hey, punk: Make my day and shave
Interesting observation from Pat Radford on the unkempt appearance of some of the male golfers today(“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 13).
I guess it has to be chalked up to today's fashion sense.
When Clint Eastwood had that look in the spaghetti Westerns, it became the appearance of what a macho man looked like. When you think about it, though, a drifter in the Old West did not have the luxury of being able to shave every morning anyway.
Fast forward to the “Miami Vice” TV show in the 1980s, and Don Johnson’s character, Sonny Crockett, sported that same look. His character was a police detective who kept late nights trying to infiltrate the drug culture and didn’t have time to shave every morning.
Golf Channel announcer Frank Nobilo likely has access to hot water and a razor every morning but must purposely make the decision that a 5 o’clock shadow is a good look. I believe that I even saw Brandel Chamblee skip shaving for a few broadcasts.
You would think that someone would either grow a full beard or shave his face completely, but the in-between look is something that is apparently here to stay.
James A. Smith
Virginia Beach, Va.
‘A masterly performance’
I watched all four days of the Masters. It was a masterly performance by Patrick Reed, with flawless play for the entire tournament (“Fearless Reed wins Masters showdown,” April 9). My hope is that he wins more majors.
Mount Joy, Pa.
Acceptance of golf’s new reality
I enjoyed your remarks, Mike Purkey (“Golf after 60: A little pain, but no gain,” April 12). Believe me, it doesn’t get better.
I am 82 this year. My handicap moved from 6 in 2000 to 15 in 2018. Distance from each club decreased significantly in the past five years. Although I try the “new” swing aids, it doesn’t bring back that lost distance.
Golf is still fun, a great pastime for us old guys. I still compete with other old guys, and it continues to be fun.
If we can still get on the course at 82, we have a lot to be thankful for. We, however, must give up on the thought that we will be invited to play in the Masters (or any other major tournament). Accept it and enjoy.
A game for all ages
Great column, Mike. Wait till you’re 73.
Lay off the ibuprofen, because it’s rough on the kidneys. Walking is excellent, but don’t forget the ball. Srixon Soft Feel and Bridgestone e6 Soft have given me a little distance back and feel great off that 4-iron. Or, should I say, the 5-hybrid.
Hang in there. Golf’s still great at any age. And at any ability.
Control the things that are controllable
Great article in Morning Read, Mike. Thanks. I've often considered these matters. Fourteen years ago, I passed 60.
The most important message for golfers losing distance through aging is, as you say, to focus on those things you can improve and just make those you can’t as consistent as possible. Hit the fairways off the tee, avoid the trouble near the green (by laying up on the long par 4s, if necessary), and spend your practice time and lesson fees on the short game. Become one of those annoying old guys who is always playing first to the green but putting last.
One possible way to persuade players to do this is to get them to ask, Which part of my game would I like to get a scratch golfer to play for me? As Gary Player has said, if he took just the short strokes for a reasonably good player, that guy would be off scratch.
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