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‘Cranky old man’ seeks answers
I consider myself to be a cranky old man, but I am unable to get worked up about the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson thing (“In the news,” Aug. 3).

I look at it as a revenue-driving function for advertisers and the TV network. Should Woods and Mickelson put up their own money? Why, when the network and advertisers will do so? And if their respective charitable foundations can funnel some money to do good, why not? Remember, folks, it's just entertainment by two icons, regardless of their current playing status.

Whatever happened with the backstopping issue? That died quickly. What about rolling back the golf ball? What if it was determined the speed of electronic technology should be rolled back? Might there be an outcry of why roll it back when we all want computing speed (or for the average golfer, more ball distance)? Egads, when would Morning Read reach us?

I suspect the traditionalists among us pick and choose what changes we like or dislike. I am not a fan of peg pants or collarless shirts, but I would like a ball that helps me to get something over 200 yards with the driver. And I want my iPad screen to populate quicker. But the rhetorical question arises: Should golf ball technology benefit the many positively or throttle back a small number of elite golfers?

Is the opposition to green-reading books a backlash by the average golfer who does not have a book or the ability to use one effectively? (“Proposed green-reading limits miss mark,” Aug. 1). Probably a nonissue. Or is it that the USGA and R&A again are seeking belated relevance? Plus, with the footprints, ball marks and other imperfections on the greens on which we play, a book would create another pace-of-play issue. For the pros, book or no book, pace of play is what it is. And there is still more art than science in putting, book or no book.

Just some rants from a cranky old golfer.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.

Golf’s international family responds
Gary Van Sickle, you nailed it with your piece on Jarrod Lyle (“Lyle inspires mates through their tears,” Aug. 10).

Golfers truly belong to an international family, and they tend to respond accordingly when they lose one of their own. Keep up the good work, Gary, and thank you.

Bruce Wyrwitzke
Astoria, Ore.

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