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An eye-opener for golf 

The identification of these four distinct personality traits has been around for a long time, but this is the first time I have seen it applied to golfers (“Personality dictates pace of play in golf,” Feb. 23). Very astute observations.

The story would be better, though, if it had addressed current players instead of the old guys.

By the way, there are a number of versions of a test available that helps identify each different personality. What a great way to determine who gets what tee times.

I do not have any problem at all with the Nicklaus proposal to produce limited-flight golf balls (“Nicklaus’ golf fix: Livelier play, deader ball,” Feb. 22). I just won't use them, and companies would continue to produce the current ball for the other players who agree with me. Perhaps this could be the start of a revolution against the blue-tee cabal that makes all decisions for the USGA. Just as they permit us regular golfers to ignore the groove rule, they could mandate that "professionals and highly skilled players" use the Nicklaus ball.

Let's not hold our breath.

Jim Kavanagh

St. Augustine, Fla.

Complex topic for golf industry 

I was pleased to see Gene Smith’s column regarding how a player’s personality will affect his pace of play.

This subject needed someone of Smith’s skill to adequately define and explain the situation.

I hope that the industry will begin to understand the complexity of the slow-play issue.

John Marchi

Delaware, Ohio

(Marchi is a PGA master professional.)

A ‘Driver’ in an ‘Analyzer’ world

How can we get the Analyzers to become Drivers? That is the big question. How can you change their personalities?

We have the North Florida PGA Section Valspar qualifier on Monday, and I’ll bet that I will get paired with a slow guy. I am 65 years old and a talker and joker. When I get paired with someone slow, it really is hard to play. I try to play faster to make up time, but no time is made up. 

Jim Wright

Land O’ Lakes, Fla.

(Wright is a PGA professional and the director of golf instruction at Countryside Country Club in Clearwater, Fla.)

Golf’s 40-second rule

Well, that's quite a mouthful. Try to picture the clubhouse desk guy who can't keep his eyes open, having gotten up at 4 a.m. to be able to check golfers in for their tee times, asking each one, "Excuse me, sir, but are you a Driver, a Persuader, a Craftsman, or an Analyzer?"

It would be far easier simply to say, "Be aware that if you don't hit each shot, be it from the tee, fairway or green, within 40 seconds, you will be kicked off the course." 

Ron Yujuico

Euless, Texas

Limit discussion between player and caddie

Major League Baseball is trying to speed up the pace of the game by limiting, to six, the number of visits that a manager, coach or player can make to the mound to meet and discuss strategy with the pitcher. 

Maybe the PGA Tour could speed up its pace of play by limiting the interaction between the player and his caddie. J.B. Holmes didn't spend 4 minutes, 10 seconds talking to himself.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

Hoffmann story inspires

The article on Morgan Hoffmann was very inspiring and enlightening (“Hoffmann aims high despite health challenge,” Feb. 23).

I’m sure there are many stories about individual struggles and victories on tours that deserve more attention and coverage. Why then do the major networks and media personalities miss them or not give them the attention that we crave? I would enjoy hearing more of them.

I do not enjoy constant coverage of the same things from the past, sometimes three or more times in one TV telecast. Golf is promoting “channel surfing” as a result.

Timothy Wyld

Okatie, S.C.

Spectacular achievement

I am not familiar with Morgan Hoffmann’s game, but I am familiar with the challenges of muscular dystrophy. To compete at the PGA Tour level and enjoy the success that Hoffmann already has achieved while struggling with MD is spectacular.

It was a great story on the strength of his spirit and courage.

Dan Cahill

Santa Ana, Calif.

The facts according to Jack

Those of us who have played golf since the 1960s have seen dramatic changes in the game and course conditions. 

I think Jack Nicklaus has a plan under which any ball changes will affect the hardest swingers and affect the slower-swinging guys less (“Nicklaus’ golf fix: Livelier play, deader ball,” Feb. 22).

As most of us get older, we lose our vanity and move up a set of tees or two. We didn’t hit the ball anywhere near as far as pros at any time in our lives, unless you played golf in college.

I would love to see driver size reduced for the pros so it would make it more penal and leave our equipment alone. Guys in their 50s, 60s and 70s pay the majority of the dues at clubs.

Garen Eggleston
Galloway, Ohio

Defining the distance ‘problem’

To the average golfer, finding a ball that goes farther is always in the back of our minds. We want to hit it farther.

Modern golf balls go farther because of technology, but just as important is the condition of the professional athletes and the advances in course conditioning.

Jack Nicklaus punched the ball past competitors at the start of his career, then became more fit and continued to do so. He embraced course conditioning with his designs.

Did anyone voice concerns when the transition took place from the wound ball to balls with more current technology?

To be competitive, today’s pros need to be bigger, faster and stronger – hence, four or five hours a day in the gym results in 300-yard-plus drives with a lively ball.

Is the distance that the ball travels the problem, or is it the low scores in relation to par that is troublesome to the ruling bodies and golf course venues chosen for the major championships? 

David Richner

St. Johns, Fla.

Stop the backstopping ‘rubbish’

As I watch professional tournaments, I am seeing more instances where pros are not marking their ball when it lies just beyond the hole and a fellow competitor is chipping. Leaving the ball clearly would assist the pro who is chipping.

Decisions 22/6 and 22/7 clearly address this issue. I wish rules officials would clamp down on this practice. I heard Wayne Grady comment on the practice during one of the Aussie events in December. He called it “rubbish,” and he couldn't be more correct. 

Bill Tignanelli
Perry Hall, Md.

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