From The Inbox

An imperfect 10, but at least they’re original

Reader vents on topics spanning the game, so pick your pet peeve and play along

Ten things that I think, plus one more:

1. The ball goes too far for fewer than 1 percent of golfers in the world. Courses are being made obsolete by the modern ball. End-of-days panic at USGA and R&A.

Most courses – even the sub-7,000-yard ones – are too long for the majority of golfers.

2. The USGA and R&A modify rules but retain the stroke-and-distance penalty.

It’s a swing and a miss for most golfers.

3. Multiple sources suggest cheating happens on the PGA Tour. No comment from Tour headquarters, other than, “only fine young men here.”

So, move along. There’s nothing to see here.

4. Golf is a difficult test meant to challenge our psyche and reveal what we're made of.

Golf is a game, and most golfers want to have some fun with friends and enjoy the day.

5. The USGA and R&A want to grow the game.

So far, the initiatives fall short of significant growth.

6. The USGA and R&A are dominated by private-club golfers.

Brooks Koepka contends that private-club “stuffiness” hurts growing the game.

7. Collared shirts, tucked in, no denim, no music. Ask today's college coaches how yesterday's approach to coaching flies with today's youth.

Ditto for young people interested in golf.

8. Bifurcation would be good for the game. Bifurcation would be bad for the game.

Sorry, but golf rules already are bifurcated. The game on TV is nothing like the golf everyone else plays.

9. Neither the governing bodies nor individual courses do enough to provide truly inexpensive opportunities for kids.

Australia and Europe are ahead on this – $100 for the season, anyone? Including some instruction?

10. Traditional course maintenance is no longer viable. It’s time to stop thinking that Augusta National is the model for course conditions.

Brown is the new green.

Also, does anyone but the host professional and the recreational players care about the local municipal course or low-cost public-access course? It certainly doesn't seem like it. If you can play for $30-$50, thank your lucky stars and thank your town, city, county or private operator. Thanks, too, to your local PGA of America teaching pro who offers reasonably-priced instruction.

Blaine Walker
St. Paul, Minn.

Club golfers hold their own on bending the rules
We seem to be forgetting the real cheaters at our level (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 4): the 15-handicapper who shoots 77 gross in a club net tournament or the member-guest team that shoots net 15 under par.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

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