Just a few observations, opinions and random thoughts:
Media always refer to champions of yesteryear as “former champions” instead of “past champions.”
Once you have developed the skills and heart to become a champion, you never lose the heart. You are always either a reigning champion or a past champion, but never a former champion.
Former indicates “having been something, but is not any more.”
Once a champion always a champion.
The rules were changed because there was a thought that by anchoring a club closely to the body provided an advantage. Currently, a couple of tour players are applying exactly the same method but skirting the rules by lifting their club away from their bodies.
I think this circumvents the spirit of the rule.
The intent of the change was to remove the opportunity to stabilize the grip end of the putter. With a little practice, a player suffers very little, if any, adjustment. A better solution would be to determine a putter can be no longer than a player’s longest iron.
As technology advances, the time it takes to play advances commensurately.
Measuring devices have added significant time to a round of golf. The ball goes further so more and more players have to wait for greens to clear. Green maintenance equipment allows for faster and faster green speeds which nobody can play.
Many more players ride golf cars and don’t know how to best make use of them. Each of these has made the average time spent playing an 18 hole round to be about five hours.
The first answer that comes to mind for me is have yardage plates in the fairway, exactly as we currently have, from 100, 150 and 200 yards.
Additionally, they should be at 10 yard increments down each side of the fairway and maintain the markers on all sprinkler heads.
Yardages should be measured to the front of the green not to the centre. However, the measurement of each green should be found on the scorecard and on an update board on the tee. These should give the distance the pins are located from the front of the green.
Let everyone use the same simple math used by tour players. This would eliminate the need for all rangefinders and GPS.
Secondly, reduce the maximum number of clubs from 14 to 10. The distance gap between the each club would increase from eight to 12 yards, depending on the strength of a player to 12 to 18 yards. Players would have less reason to know the exact yardage because they’d have to hit more “feel” shots.
Currently, everyone has a club for every exact yardage and they take too long figuring out the mathematical equation telling them which club to hit. The result is people think there is magic solution for every distance – 120 yards hit a pitching wedge, 150 yards equals an eight iron, so no thought, no imagination, no actual involvement in the shot.
If they had to use their imagination and creativity they would play far quicker. Not only that, but they would enjoy the game far more playing bump and runs, working the ball into position, taking pleasure from solving the architect’s puzzle.
A player would become invested and engaged in every shot. Instead of golf being a defined number of rigid calculations based on total yardage equals a definite, imposed, obligatory club, each shot would be made with a club selected for the task envisioned by the player.
Par 27 Courses
I loved the recent Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar, particularly the “oldtimer” legends.
Watching Trevino skip a pitching wedge shot across the green to a back pin seemed a lot more fun than watching an explosion of arms and legs followed by a ball plummeting straight down and then “sucking back” away from the pin, coming to rest 50 feet from the hole on a 110-yard shot.
I got a kick out of Jack Nicklaus who is worth millions, looking around for a broken tee.
Not that my game has been much to brag about, but I did shoot 20 on a Par 27 course about 50 years ago. I have never heard of a lower score until this year’s Masters when Jimmy Walker shot 19 at the Masters Par 3 contest For what it’s worth, he made a hole-in-one during his round, which I failed to accomplish in my round.
Frank Nobilo is blossoming beautifully. Dave Marr conducts some of the best player interviews ever. Brandel Chamblee gets smarter and smarter all the time.
What ever happened to painting the bottom 18 inches of the flagstick black to help depth perception?
Due to technological changes to golf equipment and physical conditioning/training, the LPGA Tour has benefited tremendously, primarily from the increases in distance. I think these gals Are good.
Billy Andrade is good. In fact, Lanny Wadkins said he’d pick Billy to putt for his (Watkins) life.
I guess he forgot Jack, Tiger, Player or Casper.
There are so many top players on the LPGA and PGA Tours that every tournament is a thrill to watch.
This week, a video of Tiger hitting three shots circulated on the internet. He hit two iron shots and one driver.
With the driver he swung “within” himself.
From the start of the downswing, he lowered the club to the inside by ‘sitting down’ into the shot more, with his knuckles beginning to “turn down.” He also set himself with his weight flat-footed on both feet at impact exactly like Hogan and Moe Norman.
If he has abandoned initiating his downswing by lowering his forehead toward the ball, letting the club come down from the outside causing his right heel to lift toward his toes before impact, look out.
He doesn’t have to drive the ball as far as everyone else if he can find more fairways. Perhaps, with his new back he can’t swing as violently as before. He always among the leaders in greens in regulation, even from places a long way off-line.
Maybe, he isn’t quite finished yet.