A time and a place for coaching
Coach your players during practice time (“Coaches elevate roles amid NCAA drama,” May 28). Most of these top-tier college players already have personal coaches who hold their hands for most of the year anyway.
Course management is as important a part of the game as ball striking and putting, and it can be practiced all season long, just like any other skill. Why not create situations during practice rounds? In my opinion, the presence of a coach just puts more pressure on the players.
St. Augustine, Fla.
Slow play is ingrained in college golfers
Typical. Readers watch one college tournament and have figured out how to solve slow play in college golf by limiting what coaches are allowed to do (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 28).
As a former assistant coach for an NCAA Division I women's team, I know that it isn't the coaches interjecting themselves during a tournament that slows play. This generation of college golfer has been taught at an early age to visualize, not to hit until she has gone through a pre-shot routine, to walk to a green to look it over, even if she is 60 yards away, and to mark some very short putts.
Very few players play by feel. So, it's rangefinder, check the wind, pull a club, etc.
At most tournaments, coaches are not hovering over players. More likely the coach is delivering snacks and just checking in with the player. You want to see a long day? Go watch the 36-hole day when the teams are in foursomes.
Perry Hall, Md.
Are LPGA’s days numbered in U.S.?
Having been an LPGA fan for more than 30 years, I tuned in to the LPGA Volvik Championship on Saturday. I watched for only 30-45 minutes.
During the coverage I watched, I saw multiple holes with no spectators visible. The most I saw were 11 at one green.
It just makes me wonder whether the LPGA is a viable product here. There are two new tournaments next year in Asia, in China and South Korea. I'm just wondering if we are seeing the death of the LPGA in the United States.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Take a cue from Gary Smith
Thank you, Gary Van Sickle (“Parkinson’s patient uses golf as elixir,” May 28).
First of all, you are a gifted writer and I look forward to reading your interesting columns.
Second, I’m an avid golfer and former marathon runner. My mother has Parkinson’s disease and lives in Sun City West, Ariz. I think that Gary Smith might be on to something.
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