Ageless advice for geezer golf
I enjoyed the take of your readers on the “senior game” and loss of distance (“Golf after 60: A little pain, but no gain,” April 12); (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 16).
Here are a few observations of my own and some wisdom from Sam Snead, Paul Runyan and Gene Sarazen, all of whom played well into their later years.
Most seniors need to stretch more as flexibility leads to fuller swings. This is more important than hitting golf balls to warm up.
Don't eat a big meal before you play. Just snack a little throughout the round and drink a lot of water. It's easier on the heart.
Most seniors need to walk more as the power of the golf swing is generated in the legs and hips. Riding in the cart hurts the lower back, so walk during the hole and ride to the next tee. Take turns driving the cart with a partner.
Most importantly, on all approach shots pick a club that you can knock over the green on your best shot. Most trouble is short of the green. We tend to under club, and we hit our best shot only once in a while.
Also, it is OK to move up a tee on some holes, remembering that that is where the championship tees used to be.
My final thought is to play each and every shot as if it may be your last but enjoy every one no matter where it goes.
La Quinta, Calif.
The shortest route to lower scores
I have the best swing aid available for you old birds who want to recover that lost distance: Move up a tee box or two.
St. Augustine, Fla.
Short-changed by RBC Heritage
I hope someone will come down hard on this display of poor golf, poor or low entertainment value and what looked like Web.com Tour play at the RBC Heritage.
The characters were a struggle to endure. Ian Poulter should have been penalized for slow play. Si Woo Kim didn’t look like he wanted nor deserved to be there, and proved that in the end.
This will make the women’s (aka Asian) tour look inviting.
Any “name” player seemed to be fulfilling RBC endorsement requirements. I’ll mention that at my RBC bank, but where? And then Jim Nantz made me feel “chosen” for having played and spent time at Hilton Head.
Lewis Center, Ohio
Hoffman’s tip can work for you, too
I also agree with the remarks by Pat Radford (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 13).
The long-haired, unshaven dirty look that we are seeing from some male PGA Tour players reminds me of how distasteful it is when someone who looks like that sits next to me on a plane. I always expect an offensive odor to accompany “The Look.”
I realize, of course, that my age is responsible for the discomfort I feel when I see this, and occasionally I'll try to give a pass to a young player who has the sophistication and sense of style to pull it off, but few of them do, so that is very rare. However, any man older than 35 should know how ridiculous he looks when he tries to look 10-15 years younger. The older he gets, the worse it becomes.
If impressing the ladies and young people is what they are trying to achieve, they are failing miserably. They become a target for ridicule. Be who you are. Act and dress your age. That shows style and class and is well received by everyone.
Is it me, or did Charley Hoffman really start playing great golf when he finally cleaned up his act?
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