Keeping Score

USGA, PGA Tour give slowpokes an edge

From the Morning Read Inbox readers respond to recent articles surrounding pace of play and the mental game

USGA, PGA Tour give slowpokes an edge
I not only am tired of watching the slow play on TV and experiencing it on the course, but totally appalled by the USGA and PGA Tour not doing anything about it.

Regardless of the obvious benefits of speedier rounds, it is totally an advantage to the slow player. Why would the USGA or PGA Tour allow an uneven playing field?

It’s a great advantage to the slow player to be allowed to play at his/her comfortable pace. On the other side of the coin, the faster player never gets to play at his/her comfortable pace, with the possible exception of practice rounds or a playoff with a player of similar mind. The faster player is forced to compete in an uncomfortable and often contentious environment. Which player has the mental advantage?

The uneven playing field that exists today easily could be remedied by shot clocks, allowing players to play out of turn (except in match play) and enforcing existing or new penalties.

They need to address this issue once again, make it right and enforce it.

Lew Larson
Columbia, Md.


Biggest tournament on Tour is no lost cause
The St. Jude tournament is not the most significant tournament on the PGA Tour, but it is the most important tournament (“Keeping score,” July 29).

Once again, the kids stole the show. Yes, the golf was at times exciting, but the golf takes a back seat to the kids who drive the train in Memphis, Tenn.

The golfers experience the fact that they play a game for a living; the kids want to live so they can play a game, any game. That makes this event what it is: the most important event every year on Tour. Period. Nothing else is even close.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.


Koepka masters space between his ears
Brooks Koepka is mastering the 5 inches between his ears, and very few have done that (“Koepka solidifies his place at top of game,” July 29).

He came out of college with few accolades, superstar predictions or NCAA-winner credentials. He couldn't even get on the American tours, so he went his own way, experiencing life in Europe and working his way up to the PGA Tour. He never has been given anything, never given expectations (until now) but worked long and hard to get to this spot.

Unless he becomes complacent, he could very well chase some major numbers, but time will tell. I like what I see.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.


Fortunate to be a witness
I’m sitting here on a Monday with a bit of exhaustion, having been glued to the TV over the weekend by thrilling golf. Brooks Koepka was amazing.

But given some of the comments in this space of late, I would simply say that if one has not seen Jin Young Ko play, then a treat has been missed (“Keeping score,” July 29). Her swing is simple and beautiful. Her cool under pressure is Koepka-like. And her record this season is dominating. I simply felt lucky to be able to see it.

Robin Dea
Vancouver, Wash.


Looking for some sunshine in club testing
As any engineer can attest, there is more to driver testing than the test. There is the confirmation before the test that the testing equipment is working to specifications (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 22, July 23, July 24, July 25, July 26, July 29).

Of course, the test itself should be performed under an agreed-upon protocol and witnessed.

And then there is the question of how to pick the items to be tested. Is it truly random? A little sunshine here would not hurt.

Given that perfection is a goal, how do we ensure that our golf balls are to spec? Is it time for an industrywide accepted protocol on testing golf balls? It would be nice to know that the balls we play are to spec and have passed a rigid quality-assurance protocol. A little more sunshine here would not hurt.

Ray Dyal
The Woodlands, Texas


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