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In defense of DMDs

After reading the letter about why most average golfers should not be using DMDs (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 5, http://bit.ly/2nFEwuU), I must comment to the contrary. 

Unlike the course that the writer plays, a great number of them have no yardages marked on sprinkler heads. The use of DMDs, particularly wristwatch-type, actually speed up play (“DMDs narrow the distance for Tour use,” Jan. 31, http://bit.ly/2E0bccX). Rather than walk all around searching for some sort of a marker, a simple glance at a DMD saves you, and often your playing partner, a good deal of time.

They also help when many of us are playing from the wrong fairway!

Gary Radford
Fayetteville, N.Y.

Aligned with the ball stripe

I disagree with John Gaffney’s opinion on lining up putts with a stripe on the golf ball (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 5, http://bit.ly/2nFEwuU).

I don’t know if his beef is being able to use a stripe as an alignment aid and not being in the spirit of the game or if it merely slows down the game by taking up time to fiddle with it. If a ball has no stripe, some golfers have taken to using a device to put a stripe on the ball with a Sharpie pen. Many balls come with an arrow from the factory.

If the rules did not allow a golfer to draw a stripe on the ball or did not allow the manufacturers to put them on the ball, a player still could use the lettering on the ball as an alignment aid. Most balls have the brand name in a large type font on them, and along the side there may be something like “Tour Soft” or “High Velocity” in a much smaller font. Either the brand name or the smaller font along the side could be used for lining up a putt just as effectively as a personally-drawn stripe or factory-drawn arrow.   

James A. Smith

Virginia Beach, Va.

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