From the Morning Read Inbox readers respond to recent articles surrounding pace of play and a lifelong love affair with golf
A 2-for-1 solution to a faster round
Golf is the only sport in which you get only one time to hit the ball (hopefully where you want it to go) and you can't "practice" on the course(s) you play.
Think about the other sports. In tennis, you practice and play on the court you're playing (plus, the courts are the same dimensions, no matter where you play), and you get two chances to get your serve in the box. In baseball, it’s similar: you practice and play on the field (which has the same infield dimensions but differs in the outfields), and you get at least three chances to hit the ball.
So, why not have the option of hitting two balls off the tee? It would save time because you wouldn't be searching for the first lost ball or deciding whether to hit a provisional; generally, your second shot is the one you should have hit first (but not all of us are that gifted on a consistent basis). It would take less time to hit another ball than go searching for the first one. If you lose the second ball, then you would have to play wherever the first ball was last seen. Simple and equitable.
As far as practice, I’m not sure if there is a solution except to go out late in the afternoons and use that as practice time on the course. My girlfriends and I go out on Wednesday afternoons around 5, depending on the season, and walk/play nine holes as our practice time. It’s great exercise and provides time on the course without holding anyone up.
Maria D. Mark
Atlantic Beach, Fla.
Lifelong love affair with the game
My hat's off to reader Blaine Walker's comments in Friday’s Morning Read (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 30). It very accurately conveyed my feelings about golf.
Being a man who has spent a lifetime playing baseball, tennis, and golf, I have reached the point where golf has become my primary activity. The game keeps me fit in body and mind, and it allows me to interact with my fellow man in a pleasant and civil environment. I am fortunate that I still play it well, and I give much of the credit for that to playing from the appropriate tee box.
Professional golf has lost much of its appeal to me. When money controls every part of a person's daily activity 24/7, many people lose interest in that person.
My father, who taught me to play as a young boy, once told me, There are “golf people,” and there always will be “golf people.” Others will try to play, see how difficult it is and quit. However, “golf people” always will be out on the golf course. Treat the sport and the course with proper respect, and it will reward you for your lifetime.
How very true this insight turned out to be. I fondly think of my dad each time I tee it up.
I truly love golf as only “golf people” love golf.
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