YOUR VIEWS

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IT’S GONE TOO FAR

Af­ter just read­ing the Dis­tance Re­port in your June is­sue, I found the data very in­ter­est­ing. It is hard to dis­agree with the no­tion that a 3.5-yard in­crease in driv­ing dis­tance since 2016 is wor­ry­ing. It is also hard to dis­agree with the idea that this is gen­er­ally as a re­sult of the tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments of golf ball pro­duc­tion.

That said, I very much doubt many am­a­teurs hit reg­u­lar drives that go near 300 yards and straight down the fair­way. Surely tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances are good for the am­a­teur game as this gives the reg­u­lar player a chance to play the game bet­ter, thus in­creas­ing en­joy­ment and hope­fully en­cour­ag­ing younger play­ers to stay in­ter­ested in the game.

The ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion seems to be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ ball for the tours. As you said though, this will cause all sorts of le­gal is­sues and will not be re­ceived well with equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers who rely on tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances in their prod­ucts to make prof­its and con­tinue to be suc­cess­ful as com­pa­nies.

It seems like an is­sue that will run and run. I just hope the res­o­lu­tion does not im­pact on the am­a­teur game and creates a fair play­ing field for the pro­fes­sion­als. Tom Cur­tiss, Email

LESS IS MORE

I had a thought af­ter watch­ing the In­dian Open and the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ments re­cently. I was so en­grossed watch­ing both fi­nal rounds play out to a close and ex­cit­ing fi­nale that I re­alised af­ter­wards that it was watch­ing play­ers com­pet­ing to win which was ex­cit­ing, not mar­vel­ling how far they hit the ball. Far more than their vast drives, I was ex­cited at how close they hit their ap­proach shots, and when the long putts rolled in.

If oth­ers shared the same view as me, then it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter how far the pro­fes­sion­als hit the ball so long as it is ex­cit­ing. I would

much pre­fer to see the rul­ing bod­ies and the equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers ac­knowl­edge this and limit the dis­tance the ball will fly.

Oth­er­wise, cour­ses have to get longer, time to com­plete a round gets ever more te­dious and the game be­comes slower and even more one di­men­sional.

Am I the only one who val­ues close com­pe­ti­tion over power and dis­tance? David For­far, Email

HUNTED BY TIGER

So, Rory’s fi­nally won again, this time the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional. I won­der why. Would it have any­thing to do with the prox­im­ity of a cer­tain Tiger Woods?

Yes, that’s ex­actly what it is. Rory knows that when he plays at his best, he can beat any­one in the world, even when they’re play­ing at their best. He also knows that fac­ing Tiger at his best is an­other thing com­pletely – and I think that spurs him on.

It’s amaz­ing what real mo­ti­va­tion can do. Rory needs Tiger and golf needs them both. Jeff Smith, Sheffield

GROW THE GAME

I have to dis­agree with Brian Wacker in his re­view of the Waste Man­age­ment Open in your May is­sue. The whole Phoenix Open ex­pe­ri­ence is great for golf, with record crowds re­ally en­joy­ing them­selves, in­clud­ing lots of non-golfers. It’s won­der­ful to en­cour­age those non-golfers to dis­cover the game and the Phoenix Open does that.

Pro­fes­sional golfers are en­ter­tain­ers and hav­ing crowds en­joy them­selves should be a big aim. Yes, a few drunks let it down, but they can and have been re­moved.

More im­por­tantly, as the great sage John Huggan keeps point­ing out, the Tour should con­cen­trate on find­ing a so­lu­tion to the is­sue of slow play, as that’s a big­ger prob­lem. Peter Daze­ley, Par­sons Green

DUMBING IT DOWN

How en­light­en­ing to read the Prize Let­ter from A. Kennedy last month. Some­one who the USGA and R&A tar­geted to ben­e­fit from the change in hand­i­cap (to 54) ac­tu­ally op­posed to it. Wait­ing while some­one putts for 6 on a par 3 to gain one sta­ble­ford point will de­light those sin­gle fig­ure golfers wait­ing on the tee.

Some of the new rules be­ing in­tro­duced will serve only to ‘dumb down’ the game. For ex­am­ple, in­stead of play­ing a sec­ond ball off the tee when OB, which might also go out of bounds, you get to drop it in the fair­way with a two stroke penalty. How much time will it take to as­sess/ agree ex­actly where the ball crossed the OB line?

Also, putting with the flag­stick in seems very anoma­lous. If some­body over­hits their putt to where it would have sailed 10ft past the pin, but it hits the pin and drops in the hole, surely that just re­wards in­com­pe­tence.

The au­thor­i­ties are so des­per­ate to at­tract any­body into the game, re­gard­less of com­pe­tence, they risk dis­cour­ag­ing even fur­ther those who want to play good, fair-paced golf. Stan Frith, Bath

The Phoenix Open: is this good or bad for grow­ing the game?

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