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Would you have rushed Mozart or Baryshnikov?
Unlike the players in other sports, professional golfers see themselves as artists, performers who fall into reveries while they contemplate a shot, like dancers with a solo to perform (“Pros explain slow play: It’s the other guy,” Nov. 14). Each player sees him (or her) self as the star of a mini drama, without regard to other players. The idea of learning to make informed, prompt decisions and moving right along to accommodate other players on the course is alien to them.

(A large part of this is because golf essentially is not a team sport. The Ryder Cup and similar events might run into trouble for this very reason.)

That said, it is also part of what makes for great golf, that introspection where a player is calling upon reserves of experience and trying to summon masterly control for the best possible outcome.

Too bad they don't see it as there being a limit on how long they should spend on this and just get on with the game.

Shirley Stuart
Berkeley, Calif.


A lot of dough but not enough of their own bread
I agree with John Hawkins’ viewpoint (“Don’t zone out yet on Woods-Mickelson,” Nov. 15).

To me, it’s like the old Skins Game: four multi-millionaires playing for an outrageous amount of money. It was sick and meaningless. Yeah, so some of them would give some of the winnings to a charity, but that made it even more meaningless. If they don’t need the money and are going to give it away anyway, it’s like kissing your sister.

Get four guys to agree to put up $1 million apiece and play some serious golf. Put some real pressure on those 4-footers. If they didn’t play well, it would cost them money instead of going home with a smaller amount. That would get my attention and interest, and theirs, too.

It’s the same thing with the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match. Basically, it’s just paying them both a ton of bread to come play a round of golf. One gets a bigger cut than the other. Who cares? Let’s see them gamble with their own money. That would be a real shootout.

Carl Saunders
Los Angeles


Hey, cart golfers: Hang on to that club
For most golfers, when it is their time to hit, they take an inordinate amount of time to get out of the cart, chose their club, remove the cover, hit the shot, comment on why it went wrong, return to the cart, find the right head cover, replace the cover, get back in the cart, and finally away we go.

For those of us who are cart golfers, one way to really improve pace of play is to hit your shot and get right back into the cart while carrying your club. When the cart stops again for your partner’s shot or whenever, you then get out and replace the club head cover on your club.

If we all did this, we could shave a lot of minutes off a round.

George Radford
Fayetteville, N.Y.


How can slow play be an issue in age of impatience?
Thank you, Morning Read, for giving us mavens a forum to voice the many self-proclaimed solutions to the slow-play issue. In reality, there might not be a solution, especially at the amateur level. It's just a hard game.

A number of remedies are offered, but it seems as if no one is heeding them. Part of the problem might be that in this age of entitlement – as in, My game is more important than others’, and, It's not me; it's the other guy!

In the old days, we would have called this attitude selfish.

Also, it's ironic that in this time of impatience that slow play is such an issue.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.


Fan mail for Fischer
I can read the stuff that John Fischer contributes all day long (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 16).

Bruce Wyrwitzke
Astoria, Oregon


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