A rocketing white ball against a blue sky doesn’t show reader what the player’s facial expression and caddie interaction would reveal
My golf has two strands. One is playing with so many friends and discussing whatever interests us that day. Two is watching the majors on TV, and maybe the occasional last nine of another tournament at which someone I like is contending. (Three is approaching as one of the grandkids is taking an interest.)
Why would I care how far a top pro hits the ball? All the TV needs to show me is the thrill of the chase and the courage and skill which the eventual winner needs to triumph. Will Bryson DeChambeau win next week just because he hits the ball so far? I think not. Strategic approach shots, putting ability and mental fortitude are what wins at golf, at his level and at mine.
Problem is, the TV doesn't show me any of that. If I watch the tennis majors, I get to feel how the players feel. I see their expressions, their comments to themselves, the way they react. In golf coverage, all I see is a white ball against a blue sky, thanks to some brilliant camera work and absolutely zero imagination from the producers. I want to see the player's face, split screen with the ball, then what he says to his caddie.
I might even pay for that. Let me know when it happens.
Golf god poses over a one-upped J.T.
One piece that reader Dave Richner omitted from his comments about getting back to the traditions of the game was humility and respect for your opponents (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 15).
I have tried to like Justin Thomas, but every time I get close, his bratty behavior turns me off. You never would have seen Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus or any of the greats of that era let out a scream and fist pump when making a bomb such as what Thomas did on the first playoff hole Sunday at the Workday Charity Open. Not when your opponent still has a putt to tie. Hey, to win the tournament, OK. But not when you’re in a match-play situation and it hasn’t won the hole.
His behavior was not unlike an NBA player dunking over an opponent. It’s not the two points; it’s the dunk that’s meant to “poster” the opponent.
I’m glad that Collin Morikawa made his putt and acted with humility and respect for his opponent when he did.
But the golf god paid J.T. back. Apparently, s/he doesn’t like bad behavior, either.
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