Excellent piece on David Duval (“Duval rises to new heights behind mic,” March 5). He always did seem to be a mystery behind the dark sunglasses. He’s very good as a broadcaster and would be a worthy replacement for Johnny Miller.
A man of few words
I would like to add my name to the list of fans of David Duval’s broadcasting skills.
Bill Kratzert describes Duval perfectly when he says that Duval shares his opinions precisely. Golf is a sport in which there is no need for constant inane banter by the broadcast crew.
Spend a few hours listening to a Champions Tour broadcast on which Lanny Wadkins uses so many words to say so little and you will appreciate how good Duval is.
Another vote for mentoring in golf
I couldn't agree more with Timothy Vice about mentoring to grow the game of golf (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 5).
That is how I learned the game from my father and how I have taught the game to my wife as well as others who were willing to listen to my advice. I have witnessed the “golfers” who know little about the etiquette of the game who are out for a day of smoking cigars, riding golf carts as if they were race cars all over the tees and greens, drinking beers, holding up play while flirting with the beer-cart girl, and obnoxiously responding when asked to speed up their atrocious attempt at hitting a golf ball.
Let them be told by the course ranger to leave the course and go have a good time at a simulator and leave the golf courses to gentlemen and ladies who understand, respect and love the game the way it should be played.
Remembering Jay Hebert
Bill Pelham’s recollection about how long-iron shots of the past have become short-iron approaches brought back my memory of the late Jay Hebert, the 1960 PGA champion (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 5).
Hebert put on a clinic for Nabisco one year during the Memorial, and he was a classic Cajun gentleman. What struck me was how unpretentious and approachable he was during the event. We then played 18 and retired for cocktails and snacks after the round. He was extremely generous to the bartender and waitresses, and I was struck by how humble he was and kind to the ones performing service.
Many of today's folks don't even know who he was, and characters like Hebert are missed by those of us who have followed the game for 55 years.
It’s a new era
With all due respect to the older golfers who remember the days of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan, and the complexity of hitting a 1-iron and small persimmon woods, this is not only a different era for technology of ball and clubs, but it’s a completely different era for the golfers themselves (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 5).
Never before has golf been played in so many different countries and by so many players. You can thank Tiger Woods for a good deal of it.
Woods raised the standard of being physically fit so much that if you wanted to compete, you needed to spend time with trainers in the gym, and countless extra hours on the range, or you simply were not going to compete.
Nowadays, the players are physical specimens, professionally groomed for the task at hand. Think Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and many others. Yes, the technology of the equipment has changed, but the golfer has changed every bit as much, and they are stronger than ever before.
I wasn’t there watching the habits of Nicklaus, Palmer and Lee Trevino during their off time, but I hazard a guess that they weren’t in the gym training and strengthening themselves every day like the modern golfer. Perhaps if they did, they would have hit more wedges and fewer 1-irons.
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