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Golfers react to change predictably: With gripes
The protests regarding the drop from the knee basically are because the drop is different. It’s a natural reaction to change.

The ruling juntas erred when the "place the ball" option was not adopted. Now that would have helped us duffers with better lies.

Aligning is a problem for those who play with caddies – maybe 1 percent of the golfing population. If that is an advantage for the player, why don't all pros do it? I would bet that a bunch of amateurs would welcome alignment help.

Regarding backstopping, you have to be really, really good to consider aiming and hitting a ball to gain an advantage. Let me pose this question: If your playing partner is on the green, 3 feet from the pin, and you have 100 yards for your shot to the green and he does not mark his ball, is that a backstopping violation?

In our group's experience, leaving the flagstick in the hole speeds up play. Not having to pull the pin yourself or waiting for someone to pull it for you promotes ready golf. Even so, there are traditionalists who want it out. Perhaps they should be the last to putt. Pull the pin once, replace it once.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.


Nah, they never would do that
Most golfers consider the drop rule to be irrelevant.

It doesn't matter where the ball is dropped, from shoulder or knee. But dropping from knee height reduces the need to re-drop if the ball moves too far (speed of play) or re-dropped twice and then placed neatly on the ground.

Unless you believe that all pros never abuse the rules.

Ed Capek
St. Augustine, Fla.


More rangefinders, fewer caddies, faster play
Yes, the drop height is farcical – anywhere beyond knee height. Golf is an individual game, and 99 percent of golfers don’t have caddies. Caddies are there to provide local conditions on a course, not to hold a hand tee to green.

Allow players and caddies to use rangefinders. The PGA Tour rule against rangefinders is to guarantee caddie jobs. It slows play.

Players should line up their own shots, period. Caddies give enough input: aim point/wind direction/lie. Let the players play their individual games, not the players’ teams.

Donald Elliott
Fischer, Texas


‘The King’ shall reign forever
There never has been an athlete who was embraced by all walks of life like the late Arnold Palmer. All around the world, and for such a long period of time.

Arnie's branding will never end (“As a brand, Arnie connects with an army,” March 7). Why would it? He was and is the one and only ‘King.’

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.


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