Golf must evolve for game to thrive
Mike Purkey's perspective about the evolution of the game was excellent (“As golf evolves, it’s best to get with times,” May 22). Change is constant and inevitable. Golf traditionalists have to suck it up and accept that golf is no exception.
Today's golf is just different from earlier times. Comparisons, whether Mantle vs. Ruth, Ali vs. Louis or Woods vs. Nicklaus, are exercises in nostalgia and speculation, at best.
As Purkey pointed out, golfers as athletes are better, as are the balls, clubs, agronomy, etc., in golf. What is the logic to a rollback to the “good old days” of equipment that is aimed at fewer than 1 percent of all golfers and therefore would affect the entire golfing population?
Throttle back the professionals, and by osmosis mess with the amateurs’ quest to get better and longer. So, let's make the game hard again.
That will grow the game.
St. Johns, Fla.
Golf was better then than now
Mike Purkey is full of featheries (“As golf evolves, it’s best to get with times,” May 22). How can he possibly think that golf is better today than the days before metal “woods” and fly-forever balls?
There is no skill left in the game. The longest drivers will win most events because the courses can't contain them.
As for modern teaching techniques, I can hit balls and pick them up myself. That's how I learned to hit it straight and judge distance. These new-fangled machines can be adjusted to make anyone hit a driver 300 yards. Just try to take it to the course.
Jack Nicklaus is correct in demanding that the golf ball be reined in. And we should be able to turn them around corners again. Now that required skill. These guys today just hit it over the doglegs. No fun at all.
St. Augustine, Fla.
Mike Purkey wrote the best article I have read in Morning Read in quite some time (“As golf evolves, it’s best to get with times,” May 22). I agree 100 percent.
Kenneth C. Taylor
Fort Worth, Texas
Taking the air out of an on-air windbag
John Hawkins nailed it (“Koepka ought to thank Chamblee,” May 21).
Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee is a windbag, and Koepka is a well-raised, respectful person who should be looked up to by young people everywhere. Koepka’s actions on and off the course are a testimony to all, as if to say, I've earned the right to be here.
His path to the PGA Tour alone says a lot about the man.
Chamblee's words and actions clearly are self-serving. He knows nothing about people and the human spirit. If he did, maybe he'd have won more than one time on the PGA Tour.
It’s time for Spieth to own his game
Reader Bill Boutwell makes a good point about it being time for Jordan Spieth to change teachers (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 21).
Further, Spieth has grown to rely on his caddie, Michael Greller, to the point that it seems as if Spieth can't make up his own mind about what to do.
No hard feelings, but the man needs to put away the crutch and learn to walk on his own. Golf is not a team sport.
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