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Simple solution to a simple-minded column

So, Alex Miceli wrote: “To question Finchem’s compensation is simple-minded, at best, and ludicrous, at worst” (“PGA Tour chief merits his millions,” April 19).

How easy is it to cherry-pick companies and statistics to “prove” a point? Miceli wonders what the shareholders of GE think. What about the shareholders of the PGA Tour? Oh, wait. That's right. There are none. Since the PGA Tour is a nonprofit, shouldn't a proper comparison be that which looks at the salary of executives of other nonprofits?  

So, if someone asks a reasonable question such as, “Should the head of the PGA Tour earn more than all but one of the members he is supposed to serve?” Miceli labels that person “simple-minded, at best.”  

Here's a question for Miceli: What do you call a person who writes a blog that insults the people who read it?  

By the way, I'm unsubscribing.  

Mark Liquorman
Land O’ Lakes, Fla.


Sponsorship challenges PGA Tour

In response to Alex Miceli’s column on the PGA Tour commissioner’s salary (“PGA Tour chief merits his millions,” April 19), Tim Finchem did a fine job, but the Tour is chasing sponsors. How long before the Tour needs another sponsor and places to play?

It's a challenge to get multimillion-dollar sponsors.

The reduced Golf Channel coverage and the number of reruns tell me the product is not as attractive as it was once.

What happens when we end up having only a couple of Texas events? Losing the Houston Open will be huge, as is the questionable situation of the Colonial.

The need to shorten the schedule so as not to compete with football will cause some attrition.

Does the commissioner really deserve more than $9 million to do his job? If it's my company, I am not sure.

Garen Eggleston
Galloway, Ohio


Fitness fuels clubhead speed

With all the talk about the increase in distance that the ball is traveling off the drivers of professional golfers (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 19), I’m wondering whether the discussion isn’t overlooking what should be the most important factor: clubhead speed.

While the technology of clubs and balls has, no doubt, enabled many to increase their distance or for seniors to maintain it, I’d submit that the improving fitness level of touring pros helps them develop more clubhead speed than players 20 years ago.

Tiger Woods started the workout ethic, and most successful pros have followed. Male pros. Are the women of the LPGA experiencing the same distance increases? They have the same equipment access but may lack the clubhead speed to make the equipment deliver the incremental distance. 

John Hales
Laguna Beach, Calif.


The golfing minimalist

I would like to add to Mike Purkey's article (“Golf after 60: A little pain, but no gain,” April 12) and comments on age from readers and on some other things we can do to have fun while still completing with our peers.

Do we really need 14 clubs in our bag, while playing the white, gold and red markers? No. We could play with just nine clubs. Hopefully, when we started to play golf, it was not on a driving range and a putting green but on the golf course itself, where we could learn all of the shots needed to advance quickly. Do you remember how many clubs you started with?

A driver, fairway wood, 3-, 5-, 7- and 9-irons, putter, add a pitching wedge and sand wedge. That's all we really needed to start and to end our golf life.

As we got better and the golf courses got longer and more difficult to play, we moved to the back tees and then needed more clubs and became more robotic in order to navigate the new designs. Now, we are going back to the beginning of our golf life.

My suggestion is to go buy a single-strap lightweight golf bag, fill the bag with nine clubs, six golf balls and a towel. Carry the bag in the middle of your back, put your arms around the bag, take the pressure off the shoulders and walk down the fairway. Start a “nine with nine” golf league. Instead of using handicaps, have the players tee off from different tees according to their abilities, if needed.

There have been tests that showed carrying a loaded golf bag with 14 clubs adds 3-4 shots for each nine holes played, because of the tension on the shoulders.

If you are between a 7- and a 9-iron, because you don't have an 8-iron, what do you do? Depending on what might be in front of the green, the choice is yours. Old-age experience is about to come into play.

Jack Gaffney
Kalispell, Mont.


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