It’s time for delay-of-game penalties
The PGA Tour has ruined the pace of play for recreational golfers. A twosome on Sunday for a PGA Tour event regularly takes more than four hours. If a twosome on our courses took four hours, we would be told to move up a hole or two. Something needs to be done. I understand that they are playing for a lot of money, but there needs to be the equivalent of a shot clock, and pace of play needs to be enforced.
If the PGA Tour speeds up, the average golfer would speed up. I consider myself a quick golfer, and I appreciate course marshals helping maintain pace of play, but some others do not and actually get offended by being asked to speed up pace of play.
We recreational golfers use distance-measuring devices, and it really does not matter if we are 151 or 155 out; we are not that good. Get your number and hit it. Find your ball and hit it again.
I have many friends who regularly shoot in the 90s and can navigate through a course in four hours or less. Why can't the best golfers in the world?
Drawing a line against an artificial aid
I agree with James Smith about a line on the ball (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 6, http://bit.ly/2C16DsQ). It seems like an artificial aid. Much like putting a residue on your glove to adhere to the grip of the club much better, it is an outside-the-box aid.
As for the yardage devices, most clubs have the 200-, 150- and 100-yard markers along the fairways, which is more than enough to guide the players through the round.
And in both cases, they won't help 95 percent of the golfers anyway. These people still would miss the putt, even if there were a trough to the hole.
Schodack Landing, N.Y.
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