With so many bad habits affecting round times, even invoking the ‘West Texas rule’ can’t help, so marvel at the surrounding wildlife
Golfers in the United Kingdom do have a time clock ticking in the winter daylight hours, and it gets much colder as the sun wanes. Golf, especially in Scotland, is fabulous, and the Scots do go about their business in short order (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Dec. 3).
In Texas, we do enjoy better weather and longer daylight, but slow play is bothersome and ruins the rhythm.
Women golfers, for the most part, do keep a good pace of play. The exceptions are invariably the ones who don't think they are slow, which is doubly aggravating. They are the ones who check the yardage several times, fiddle with club selection, pace the green in all directions and then miss the shot. Tack on an extra 40-60 minutes for a round.
Men also can be slow for the same reasons, plus teeing off from the tips and barely getting the ball past the women’s tees. Invoking the “West Texas rule” in crowded courses ain't going to work.
What's a golfer to do but throw up his or her hands and enjoy the surrounding wildlife?
Pay attention and keep things moving
If all members of a group on the PGA Tour arrive at their tee shots to play their next shots, they should start determining their distance to the hole and club selection simultaneously.
When I watch on TV, each player waits until the other player finishes his shot before deciding on club and distance.
River Ridge, La.
A ‘wonderful time’ for a U.S. Open
It’s fantastic to see both courses at Champions Golf Club in Houston for the U.S. Women’s Open under winter conditions and feel much of what the members feel this time of year.
I enjoy watching the women play nice, consistent golf, making shots most of us can connect with, but their scrambling puts most amateurs to shame.
This could be my favorite U.S. Open to watch. There is very little programming that I want to see up against it. It’s a wonderful time to be showcased, at a festive time of year.
Imagine a men’s U.S. Open this time of year at a Southern venue, when the temps could change from day to day and the northeast wind howling at them all day.
The Villages, Fla.
Fun and charming marked the words of Peter Alliss (“Peter Alliss, known as ‘Voice of Golf,’ dies at age 89,” Dec. 7).
The rain was coming down in buckets and, Peter Alliss said, “Ah, a bit of a Scottish mist.”
(Monday is the head professional at Dorado Golf Club in Tucson.)
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