From the Morning Read Inbox readers respond to recent articles surrounding time it takes to hit a shot and watching professional golf on TV
Variations in pace, but a common need: Catch up
It's kind of funny how taking 2½ minutes to hit a shot is a problem but taking twice as long by calling an official for a ruling on what is the most basic relief is not an issue (“Tour pros break ranks to call out slowpoke,” Aug. 12).
There are any number of reasons why PGA Tour players take five hours to play. Singling out Bryson DeChambeau and J.B. Holmes for specific shot situations is picking the low-hanging fruit.
Pace of play should be how long it takes to play the round and keeping touch with the group in front of you. There will almost always be situations within a round that will create a delay. Tour twosomes are teeing off in 10-minute intervals, so gaps between groups will happen with certain situations. They should then be required to do what we have to do: catch up.
Pace of play reflects life’s Golden Rule
My father explained punctuality as an integral component of the Golden Rule: It shows that you respect other people’s time as much as your own. He elaborated years later as we waited for someone who was late for a meeting. He said to remember that this person does not value our time as much as his own.
Bryson DeChambeau could have used a little more chapel time at Southern Methodist so that he wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the criticism of those fellow players objecting to his disrespect.
Stuart C. Lindsay
(Lindsay is the principal at Edgehill Golf Advisors.)
Molested by capitalism of televised golf
It’s impossible now to watch golf on TV because of the saturation advertising (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 12). It’s gotten out of hand.
You watch a couple of shots, and then we’re subjected to eight commercials – and the same ones, as if we haven’t seen them already. It’s abusive.
It seems as if the golf tournament is presenting the commercials and not the commercials presenting the golf tournament, as it’s supposed to be. We’re all for capitalism, but we shouldn't be molested by it.
I can’t subject myself to it anymore, so for quite a while now I record the tournaments so I can fast forward through the commercials.
The Masters does it with class by limiting the commercial time. We are all aware of the existence of AT&T, IBM, Mercedes-Benz, UPS and Rolex, which sponsor the Masters TV presentation and are so big and well known that they don’t really need to advertise themselves. I am more apt to use their products because of the class they show by presenting the golf tournament rather than the golf presenting them.
Also, I’m so sick and tired of hearing “the Konica Minolta swing vision camera” every time Peter Kostis analyzes a swing.
Now to the actual presentation of the golf on TV: camera angles. Every swing now, we have to look at from behind the golfer because of the new toy they have watching the ball’s line of flight. The producers and directors and cameramen are more concerned with the ball in the air than the golf swing of the player itself, which is what we’re interested in, not watching the ball in the air.
We want to see the golf swing straight on, not from the back. They can show the swing straight and still show the ball flight, but they don't.
It’s an example of technology working against us.
Past the point of aggravation
Well, I have decided it's too much of a waste of my valuable time to watch golf tournaments that take more than four hours to play.
You get to see only the same 2-4 players making shots, and wasting time doing so. The networks infuse too many commercials and commentators, especially CBS’ Amanda Balionis, who interviews players after the 18th hole. Who cares what they were thinking or planning for the day?
I can't tell you who won the Northern Trust, because I got so aggravated that I changed the channel.
Bobby K. Goforth
Too much Tiger, too much yammering
The TV networks show only the top three groups unless Tiger Woods is playing, and then they show him walking from the parking lot and almost every shot he takes, even if he's not in contention.
Adam Scott was right in the mix on Sunday, and I think they showed him twice.
Peter Kostis is nothing if not annoying, analyzing every swing and pointing out flaws. What was his career on the PGA Tour?
Give me the British announcers every time – minimal chatter and intelligent commentary.
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