From the Morning Read Inbox readers respond to recent articles surrounding Tiger Woods and ready golf
Thanks, Tiger, for all that you’ve given us
I am sure that I speak for many golf fans when I say that the game owes an enormous “thank you” to Tiger Woods for years of entertainment and that the golf world is better with him than without him (“Woods one-ups M.J. as Chicago’s GOAT,” Aug. 14).
Whether or not his years of winning are gone (Alex Miceli, are you listening?), he continues to provide a great deal of entertainment. Perhaps it’s time to cut back a little on the “will he be well enough to play?” analysts and let his appearances tell the story.
We are blessed that there are enough great athletes playing golf today that we no longer need to focus on any one player. There is lots of evidence to suggest that the PGA Tour has so many great players that no one can dominate for more than a short time.
Thanks, Tiger, for all that you’ve given us and continue to give. I, for one, appreciate it.
Woods’ toughest opponent: Father Time
I liked reading the recent article by Gary Van Sickle because he tells it like it is (“Woods looks good for now, but will it last?” Aug. 15).
Age takes the upper hand in sports, no matter whether one is a recreational amateur or a professional athlete. In the case of Tiger Woods, with all of his injuries and surgeries, we are bound to see him turn from a Fiat to a Ford (Fix Or Repair Daily).
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Straighter path to more enjoyment
Once again, the “From the Morning Read inbox” validates an insightful group that is involved in all aspects of Morning Read. I thought the letters regarding slow play were reaching drivel status until Boyd Welsch described his golf-course vision (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 14). Brilliance!
I can only add that my golf course will employ cart paths (made from rubber mats with holes, to let the grass grow) smack down the middle of every fairway.
I am a golfer who has been able to continue to play after two accidents only with the use of a cart. The path down the fairway would speed play on all days, but especially during inclement weather. On cart-path-only days, walking to balls would be much shorter for all (left and right would be closer).
Better and easier access is always a good idea for those who need it. Revenue would not affected by weather as much. The few golfers who would find themselves on the 4-foot wide path would be allowed relief.
Inclusive, fun and faster. What a concept!
Cos Cob, Conn.
‘Ready golf’ would solve many of game’s issues
For amateurs, the best solution to a lot of ills is to play “ready golf.”
This means that when it is your turn to hit, you are ready; you've already selected your club and figured your target. More importantly, it means whoever is ready to hit will hit next – no waiting on ceremony as to who is farthest from the pin (be it on the fairway or on the greens).
As for the pros, let them use rangefinders (even with slope). How long now does it take them now to figure distance, as they pore over their books, look for sprinkler heads, etc.? Shoot the distance, pick the club and take the shot.
Land O’Lakes, Fla.
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn in four-ball?
If Mark Twain were alive today, he might have said, “Everybody talks about slow play, but nobody does anything about it.”
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