I guess I just can’t help myself when it comes to golf, but there are certain things I notice that I just don’t understand.
To help figure them out, I made a list so whenever I’ve got nothing to do I can get it out and read and ponder it.
Why do tour players who have huge contacts to wear a certain manufacturer’s clothes wear the same pants and/or shirts all the time? Doesn’t the manufacturer want to show off their complete line or are the players superstitious?
Why hasn’t golf caught on in Russia? They have lot of open space, plenty of water and lots of sports-oriented people.
Bernhard Langer and Scott McCarron stand accused of anchoring the long putter. Why isn’t this debate settled, instead of it popping up from time to time?
What happened to Tim Clark? Does he still use a long putter?
The USGA banned straddling the line to putt. Sam Snead simply stood to one side and used the same method. Why wasn’t he vilified?
If soft spikes were invented to stop spike marks, why do some PGA Tour players still wear steel? Aren’t they concerned about their fellow players?
I was watching a TV show featuring a tour event played in the 1980s. The crowds were lined up eight to 10 deep watching Trevino and Nicklaus. When I watch events now, the only crowds are around tees and greens. Is my memory fading?
Am I the only one who misses Ivor Robson?
During the situation on the 13th hole of this year’s Open Championship, why wasn’t Matt Kuchar involved in the process? How could he sign Jordan Spieth’s card if he didn’t observe the proceedings?
When Spieth finally hit his third shot, he turned away in disgust because he hit the ball “fat.” Why wasn’t more made of the fact that had he hit the ball solidly, he might have hit it onto the green where a long putt would have given him a par?
The rules officials gathered around to make the final decision on where Jordan could drop. Why don’t they wear microphones so the public can hear and learn the rules?
Michelle Wie had one of the finest swings of all time as a teenager. Now that she has had lessons, she swings like a lobster. Doesn’t she own a video camera?
Professional golfers play for money. Why is it so difficult to relate the effect of making a putt to the money available?
I see players walking from green to the next tee through a path marked by ropes. During their walk, some players touch hands with gallery members. I think this is dangerous from a health point of view and a player’s safety point of view. Widen the path.
Much is made of the course conditions during a tournament and the superintendent is thanked. Little is made of the behind the scenes effort made by the golf professional to host the event.
Course owners manage their businesses like their neighboring courses were enemies. Why don’t they work more closely together, sharing equipment/buying supplies, marketing; perhaps sharing a traveling instructor, promoting starting times at their neighbor’s when one of them is hosting a large event and keeping the business local, having traveling tournaments for men, women and juniors among themselves, addressing common issues? I’m talking about three, four or five courses in a small area.
And now the finale. Recently, I played at a very lovely club and you won’t believe it – the door on the metal cubicle in the locker room washroom swung out, making for more comfortable movement inside, no squeezing against the wall to open the door. What a concept.
And then there are the remarks I’ve heard about from players that I enjoy.
Playing a links course for the first time is like learning how to ice skate.
A playing companion of the great Peter Thomson congratulates him on a fine shot. Thomson turns and says, “Thank-you it really was nothing – any genius could have done it.”
A wise guy once said to Frank Whibley, a very fine player in Ontario, “I’ll bet you can’t hit that hydro post from here using a five iron.” Frank responded, “How many times?”
Tommy Bolt was fined $50 for hitting an extra ball onto a green during a practice round. His answer was, “Here is $50 for the first one and $50 for the second because I’m about to hit one more”.
An admiring fan was watching Sam Snead practice when he asked, “Sam, how do always hit that beautiful fade?” Sam looked up said, “I just stand here and think fade.”
An opponent had quite a bit to say before a match. However, when the subject of money come up, he suggested a $2 nassau, which was met with, “for a $2 nassau, I’ll drive without taking the head cover off.”
Seve Ballesteros was asked how he could possibly make a 10 on No. 8. He said “I hit, I hit, I miss, I miss, I miss … I make 10.”
Ben Hogan hit a tee shot into a wooded area, something he rarely did. He proceeded to chip out sideways and then hit a three wood to the green, where he sunk the putt for a four. When asked why he didn’t pitch the ball further down the fairway where he would have had an eight iron to the green, he responded, “because I didn’t know the yardage from down there.”