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If you're thinking about 72 holes in a day, lube up

Lighten your load and take care of your feet before attempting golf’s version of a marathon, reader advises

In 2009, I wanted a better answer than “36 and a few” to the question, “How many holes have you ever played in a day?” so four of us agreed to go around Royal Winchester four times from 5:45 a.m. on a warm Monday in July (“It takes a pandemic to stop golf’s longest day,” April 27).

The Friday before, I had played in a pro-am, and the pro overheard me trying to borrow extra trolley batteries. When he found out why, he told me to carry a maximum of seven clubs in a lightweight bag. Very good advice, as it proved. Trollies are hard work.

Other advice, if anyone is tempted: Put a thin layer of petroleum jelly over your feet, wear two pairs of socks so they chafe each other and not your skin. Change your socks and your shoes at least once. Break for refreshments after every round, too.

We finished mid-evening. I hit the same ball all day, 317 times. At 65 years old, I decided not to do that again. Our sponsors gave about £4,000 (about $5,000).

Now, I am just hoping I can come out of lockdown to play more than 72 holes between now and that July anniversary.

Terry Wall
Winchester, England

A cup that’s at least half full
I believe that many courses will keep the foam in the cups going forward.

I play at a course that has a lot of seniors, and I’m betting they have enjoyed the ease of use that the pool sticks have provided more than I have. I do believe the size/height of the foam will be lowered, but if it fills up only half of the cup, it’s still much easier getting the balls out.

We may even see these marketed with advertising on the top.

Al Fiscus
Searcy, Ark.

All tapped out
In lieu of a handshake these days, we just gently tap putter heads at the completion of our round ("Coming to grips with an outdated golf tradition," April 21).

It’s easy to maintain the “social distance.”

Dave Bystrom
Westerville, Ohio

Advice from a survivor
In one month, we went from fewer than 1,000 dead from coronavirus in the U.S. to about 56,000. Let me put it in these term: from filling a high school gym to the filling the largest stadium in Major League Baseball. And people still want to shake hands? ("Coming to grips with an outdated golf tradition," April 21).

Are they nuts?

Never have the words haste makes waste been more defining that right now.

Having survived a rare deadly disease, I find that the only winners in the pandemic are those who are alive at the end. Whether we play golf, go to work, earn lots of money or go to beaches, nothing will matter if you are not alive. So, please, remember this from a survivor of a deadly disease: Every day is a blessing. Things can be replaced.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

It beats watching commercials, at least
I've never been one to watch reruns of sporting events, because part of the entertainment value of watching sports is not knowing the outcome.

Any golf fan knows that Tiger Woods won the Masters last year. That being said, watching the rerun was entertaining anyway due to the historical significance of the completion of his comeback. Even the interviews during the telecast were somewhat entertaining.

So, the next week, I tuned in again to watch the tournament at Harbour Town. I watch golf every weekend, and for regular PGA Tour events, I rarely remember who won in a previous year. Once the telecast switched over to CBS at 3 p.m. and Jim Nantz let me know who won, it just wasn't the same. I watched for another hour or so and decided that mowing the yard would be a better use of my time.

On Sunday, I watched an hour and a half on Golf Channel, switched over to CBS to see who won and then found a movie to watch.

I'll just to continue doing this until we get back to live golf. At least I won't have to watch all of those commercials.

Tom Wise
West Chester, Ohio

Instant replay
Reader Kenny Drake thinks CBS ought to rehire Gary McCord (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 27).

Forget about it. McCord’s comments never were very funny and sounded forced and pre-concocted.

Larry Ashe

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