Reflections on own bucket list
I enjoyed reading your “bucket list” piece (“Wishing for a few more bucket-list feats,” Dec. 14, http://bit.ly/2kvtOVt).
A couple of years ago, my wife got me the Jim Dodson book that you referenced, “The Range Bucket List.” She purchased it in Pinehurst, from Tom Stewart at his Old Sport and Gallery shop in the village. It is a great book, and my enjoyment of it was enhanced by visiting Tom at his shop, where he regaled me with stories about his adventures with Dodson, including the Donald Ross cross-country golf event (well chronicled in “Bucket List”), an impromptu match played by him, Jim and two others, contested between Pinehurst No. 2 and Mid Pines. Now, there’s something to go on a bucket list!
Thanks again for your article. It made me reflect on how much golf has meant to me, and still does.
Mental game trumps any anchoring issues
I’m not seeing anchoring as an unfair advantage (“For good of game, restore anchored stroke,” Dec. 11, http://bit.ly/2C2Ei6J).
When the anchored putting stroke was legal, golfers had a choice to use or not use that style. It wasn’t as if certain players were allowed and others were prohibited.
If it were the best putting style, a majority would have been using that method. I didn’t see that happening.
Golf is mostly a mental game, and some players certainly are better equipped than others. Now that’s an advantage I don’t use often enough.
Let ‘old-timers’ anchor putters
The “belly” and “broomstick” putters do not harm the game or warrant the label of “cheating” the rules.
I’ll bet millions of dollars were spent on them in their heyday, and now they collect dust in some “club graveyard” (garage or closet).
I personally didn’t like them but never despised their use. Finally, I tried one and liked not having to bend over to putt and found my back wasn’t as sore after a lengthy putting practice session. I ended up buying three of them for about $750 total, and it irks me that I cannot use them anymore.
Remove the ban and let us old-timers play with less pain.
Cutting the debate down to size
All the debate about anchoring, not anchoring, looks like anchoring: enough!
The governing bodies need to get off the fence. If there is to be no anchoring, then there should be no putter allowed the length that it takes to anchor. By this, I mean you have to play a putter that you cannot anchor. No belly putters, no putter of any length that can be used to even think it can be anchored. If there is to be anchoring, then so be it, and get on with it. I’m tired of all the rhetoric.
The governing bodies need to get a backbone, and govern. There won't be any rules for this game in 20 years if this is to go on. I had always thought that this game was the last sport where the rules and a player’s honor were the last word.
Gender-neutral and merit-based
OK, so you have the PGA and LPGA. Pure genetics considered, females in general do not have the physique to compete with men. However, there are exceptions.
Note that it is the PGA, not MPGA. The PGA is for anyone who qualifies based on talent, not gender. Therefore, if a female qualifies based on her skill, she should be able to compete with males.
The LPGA and Senior PGA provide venues for those who cannot compete at the highest level, and consequently do not receive the same compensation.
Taking it one step further, perhaps high schools should adopt a similar structure with a golf team (non-gender-based) and a girls’ golf team. If a girl wants to compete on the golf team, she would then be barred from competing on the girls’ team. She makes the choice, not the school.
This would create an environment in which the best in any sport, regardless of gender or any other discriminatory factor, could compete on an equal basis.
There is precedent where girls were allowed to wrestle on the boys’ team.
Patti and Gary Schirmer
The Villages, Fla.
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