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Pros prove yet again that they play different game

From the Morning Read Inbox readers respond to recent articles surrounding golf ball-testing

Pros prove yet again that they play different game
Congratulations to reader Ray Dyal for raising the golf ball-testing problem (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 30).

The contentious golf club-testing issue is arguably less impactful to the pro game than the ball. Why? Because improvements to the performance of the golf ball over the past 20 years eclipse the improvements to clubs. The manufacturers have been able to vastly increase carry distance, rollout distance, trajectory and even side spin to offset less-than-perfect shots. Players, particularly pros, benefit enormously from these advances in technology, and they make the game more enjoyable for the leisure golfer.

Perhaps it is time to rethink the idea of different rules for amateurs and professionals. Long putters, drivers with enormous coefficient of restitution, known as COR, wedges with deep square grooves and balls that go forever make the game more attractive to the average amateur. These should, however, be banned from the pro ranks.

Most traditionalists, including me, probably don't like the idea of two sets of rules, but that does not mean that the idea has no merit. Perhaps we should swallow our fuddy-duddyism and embrace this idea for the sake of the game's future.

Paul Sunderland
Los Angeles

PGA Tour could hasten pace of play, if it only cared
I could not agree more with reader Lew Larson that the PGA Tour favors slow players (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 30).

Like starting a meeting late, the PGA Tour is rewarding the perpetrator. Brooks Koepka gave a clinic on “ready golf” on the back nine of last weekend’s WGC event. His comments on the slow play of J.B. Holmes in round 4 of the British Open were extremely enlightening. Koepka was not critical of the time that Holmes actually spent preparing to play but rather his failure to commence his routine until the last possible moment. I play with a gentleman who is similar, and he is completely oblivious of his tardiness.

Perhaps the complaint by a player of Koepka’s stature and recognition that the failure to penalize slow play (Graeme McDowell likely wishes that the clock for finding a wayward ball were slower) in fact punishes the quick player. Talk about your unintended result.

On the other hand, it would be exciting for Koepka to take the perpetrator to task verbally and even more exciting to see him physically back up his stance. Let’s get ready to rumble!

Mike Kukelko
Oak Bluff, Manitoba

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