Don’t put a lid on technology
For every dude/dudette who can shoot 65, there are a million of us shooting 95 or worse. Pros are better than us in every sport. That’s the way it should be and why we eagerly watch: to get inspired to try and play better.
Keep that technology coming (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 11, http://bit.ly/2CThMgR). You can manage a course to put a premium on shotmaking and scoring. We see it on the PGA Tour all the time, but we all like to see lots of bombers and birdies, eagles and, dare we say, little Louie Oosthuizen making an albatross at Augusta National.
Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
Short answer to golf’s mystery
I am 72 and a 6-handicap, and I have no interest in seeing booming drives. I salivate at the pros’ expertise with the short game. That's scoring golf.
There are dozens of long-ball hitters at every club, on every range and tour. It’s the score that counts.
All the long-ball talk is for the sellers of equipment.
Practice the short game and be a golfer.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Adopt the larger ball
The R&A and the U.S. Golf Association used the 1.62-inch-diameter ball until the USGA moved to 1.68 in the 1930s. Then we had the British ball and the American ball until 1990, but with exceptions. The R&A banned the 1.62-inch ball for the British Open in 1974, but did not completely adopt the 1.68-inch ball until 1990.
Going a bit larger for pros is not the equivalent of going back to the feathery or the guttie (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 2, http://bit.ly/2lIlgMr). Better still to my mind, use a large ball and a small ball depending upon course length, just like the Brits did at the Open from 1974 to 1990.
Why shouldn’t all those great classic designs by the likes of A.W. Tillinghast stay relevant? A larger ball is the cheapest way to accomplish the goal.
As for me, I have moved up to the senior tees.
The line has been drawn
Al Horn's idea of drawing a line across the fairway (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 11, http://bit.ly/2CThMgR) would never be considered for PGA Tour events.
But the idea does have merit. And it's not a new idea; it's part of the PinShot Golf concept (https://pinshotgolf.com/local-rules/ and https://pinshotgolf.com/course/). The line there is set at 230 yards.
(Freeman is a principal with PinShot Golf.)
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