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Nicklaus’ proposal sails out of bounds

The increasing distance that Dustin Johnson and other pros drive the ball means nothing to the growth of the game. It's the masses in golf who should be the exclusive consideration, period.

Most players peak in strength at about age 30. Pros train more, so they maintain strength through their 30s better than the rest of us.

We have an overwhelming majority of golfers older than 30 who drive the game. This means that the critical masses are losing distance every year. Jack Nicklaus’ proposal would pile on a tremendous additional loss of distance, plus make the ball horrible in the wind (“Nicklaus’ golf fix: Livelier play, deader ball,” Feb. 22).

Why? It's because the pros hit it too far. That won’t be well received by the 55-year-old who will be playing driver, hybrid or wood instead of driver, 7-iron. Remember, he played the hole with driver, wedge at 28. Then 9-, 8-, 7-iron.

Congratulations, Mr. Nicklaus. I have just described what the masses have to work through well before 40, and much more over time.

For those keeping score at home, please remember it is this group that pays the overwhelming majority of club dues. Manufacturers have been producing golf balls for all types of golfers to maximize all types of performance, including distance. That is what golf badly needs to continue doing with a clientele that seems increasingly unmotivated to practice and train.

The ball-rule change that Nicklaus proposes would be a disaster for the game.

Al Fiscus 
Searcy, Ark.


LOL’ing with the Wyrwitzkes

I know that the topic of slow play is a serious issue, but there is nothing better than a good laugh first thing in the morning. Thanks to Layne Yawn for sharing that great story (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Feb. 22). Even my wife got a kick out of it.

Bruce Wyrwitzke 
Astoria, Ore.


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