I’ve noticed a lot of pros take their golf glove o between every shot. Most people I play with take their glove o only to putt. Does it matter?
ADoes it matter? Of course it matters. If you take your glove o after every shot and stu it in your back pocket with the ngers hanging out, you look like “The Outlaw Josey Wales” walking down the fairway with his sixshooter holstered. It has no real purpose, but it sure does look cool. Removing the golf glove started decades ago by players such as Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead.They did it to improve their feel when putting. Back then, golf gloves were about as tactile as your grandmother’s mittens. But that’s no longer the case.The amount of feel in most modern gloves is much better. You might say the improvement parallels development in another product where sensitiv- ity is paramount (rhymes with tondoms). My friend says a hole can be placed on the green only where it’s at for at least a metre around the cup. I say no way. ▶▶▶ I hope you didn’t have a bet riding on this one, because your friend is mostly correct. The R&A recommends that “an area two to three feet in radius around the hole should be as nearly level as possible and of uniform grade. In no case should holes be located in tricky places, or on sharp slopes, where a ball can gather speed.A player above the hole should be able to stop the ball at the hole.”The R&A also prefers hole locations that can hold the typical approach shot.That’s why you rarely see the European or PGA Tour put a cup closer than four paces from the edge of a green; it’s too severe. Even on the
nal day of the Masters, only one cup was closer than ve paces (the par-5 second). If you want to save face with your friend, just remember that there’s no such thing as an illegal hole location.The R&A “recommends” but doesn’t mandate spots. Hole placements are typically picked by the greenkeeper. Pray he got a good night’s sleep. What’s the shelf life of golf balls that are stored in a cool, dry place? ▶▶▶ We never seem to have them long enough to nd out. In fact, if you don’t mind dusting o a few of the sleeves you seem to be hoarding in your garage next to the packages of ramen noodles and batteries, we’d appreciate the donation.Titleist says its balls are still good after ve years. If you’re wondering about a ball you scooped out of a water hazard, it depends on how long it was submerged.We once tested the average driving distance of two-piece balls that had been underwater. Balls submerged for more than eight days lost six metres on a centre-face strike. Conversely, today’s multilayer tourquality balls stored in your garage for long periods should be ne.