Tiger Woods said "as I was saying all year, is something that's not in
the traditions of the game."Really, so Tiger is concerned about
the traditions of the game? What about using carbon fiber or titanium in golf
clubs? Did they use irons traditionally in Scotland? No. They hand carved
their own clubs. I think that true players who truly respect the traditions of
the game should be handed their own knives and chunks of wood, and before
hitting the ball hand carve their own clubs out of persimmon wood. Where is the
sport in having someone else make your own equipment for you? Where science and
exotic metal alloys beat out a good whittlin' knife?
Giggle! To describe Orville Moody as "a great putter" is laughable.
"Old Sarge" was still awful even with the big putter -- but he was
famous as a superb ball striker. He won one big tournament and was the
proverbial "one hit wonder" of music fame.Moody was just
more awful with the little putter -- as many of us are. Golf is five different
games at once and putting is the one that matters most. I have no
quarrel with the R & A and the USGA in making a rule change. My biggest
concern is that golf is not being promoted with today's youth and many of
them sit around and play video games or text each other. In addition, golf
courses need to address the real issue that is killing golf: the five-hour
round.I love golf and have played over fifty years. Too bad it
takes too long to innovate. We need more courses that use the controlled flight
ball that goes only half the distance so we can create more short courses that
cost less to maintain and are more fun for people of all ages.
In the grand scheme of things...Who really cares?