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Bryson DeChambeau needs to tackle the short game

Mike Purkey’s ‘right-on’ commentary outlines recipe for DeChambeau: Extra Brussels sprouts, easy on the mac and cheese

Mike Purkey’s article is so right-on (“Bryson DeChambeau adds brawn to brains, but is it such a smart move?” June 17).

I like Bryson DeChambeau. He is a fine young man with an amazing passion for golf, and probably anything else he does. His adoration of Ben Hogan endears him even more to me.

I could not stop thinking while watching him last week at Colonial that he easily could be a linebacker; forget golf. He is obsessed with perfection, and that can lead to extreme unhappiness and incredible frustration. He is setting himself up for mostly take and not much give.

OK, so DeChambeau has solved the distance, but as Purkey points out, the short game is less than perfect. It’s like comfort food. We all love mac and cheese and meatloaf (for DeChambeau, that’s working out and driving the ball a mile), but sometimes you have to have Brussels sprouts to get better. For DeChambeau, the Brussels sprouts are the short game.

I suggest that he smile more. Let the game love him back and spent the rest of the year working on his short game. Those sprouts will pay huge dividends.

At this rate, he will not win a major.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

DeChambeau stands out as a 21st-century ‘Mr. X’
I have a bit of rebuttal to Mike Purkey’s rant (“Bryson DeChambeau adds brawn to brains, but is it such a smart move?” June 17).

It is perhaps before Purkey’s time, but there were so many players who swung their own way on the PGA Tour, and each found his way to get the ball in the hole. Miller Barber and many others come to mind.

In fact, you see it today with Matthew Wolff, Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau.

DeChambeau figures that if bomb-and-gouge is the way the game is going to be played, then he’s going to be the best at it. I dislike his pace of play, but he is breath of fresh air in the robotic era of cloned pros who do it all the same way.

If DeChambeau fails, it will not be due to lack of effort.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

With golf, an upside to the pandemic
There’s no doubt that the coronavirus and the need for social distancing are serious, but an interesting positive byproduct in golf is pace of play.

This is going to be blasphemous to the Rules of Golf mavens and the play-it-as-it-lies sticklers, but pace of play at our club never has been better because of the pandemic protocols that have been implemented. Based on my observations, rounds are being played faster for several reasons:

1. Each golfer has an individual cart. This has eliminated the need to drive to a cartmate’s ball and then, after he or she hits, driving a few yards to the next ball. With individual carts, everyone goes directly to his or her ball, much like walkers always have been doing. It’s time-saving.

2. Without rakes in the bunkers and the local rule of placing the ball outside of a footprint, the absence of raking results in faster play.

3. A few more seconds are saved by not filling in divots because sand bottles and scoops have been removed. (A ground-under-repair argument?)

Other time savers: the cut-down pool ring in the hole and not having to pull the flagstick. This is universal now due to the rule change but still a time saver with the virus and no-touch flagstick.

Also, the absence of the beverage cart has eliminated the delay while waiting for the group in front to get Bloody Marys or a bag of ice with a 12-pack.

Traditionalists will be gritting their teeth until golf gets back to “normal.” But our group is enjoying the 3:15-3:30 round times resulting from the streamlined play because of the virus.

Maybe, with the possible exception of those who are really serious about their $2 Nassaus, the gimme will return and a new paradigm for pace of play will be a benefit from COVID-19.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.

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