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Golf Australia Express : Issue 39
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK WHEREAS I AGREE with you that golf is seen as a boring game and the new blood coming through the professional ranks is needed to inspire young—and perhaps not-so-young golfers— your editor, from the look of his photo—is far too young to remember the excitement of the 60s and 70s when the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and later Johnny Miller and Tom Watson and our own Greg Norman brought life back into the game. This was the time when golfers stopped wearing their gardening clothes and oldest shoes and, suddenly it seems, brought colour and excitement back into our golfing lives courtesy of televised sport. Who can forget Gary with his trousers—one leg white and one black—or Doug Sanders in all his sartorial elegance? The governing bodies of our sport are still, to a large extent, very conservative and still hold our game back in the minds of the general public and I still wonder at some of my playing partners who still see women as having no, or little, place on the course. Personally, I love mixed golf and one gets a completely different view of life in general and golf in particular talking to the ladies on the course. Someway or other we badly need to encourage younger players to get involved in golf club committees and bring a different slant to proceedings. I remember the very lukewarm reception I received when, as a member of a committee, I proposed that junior members needed representation. In case you wonder I am nearly 73—bugger, my handicap has just gone up to 15—but I consider myself a progressive so far as golf is concerned. Hopefully, the younger, very exciting, professional golfers will bring some spark back into our game. THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 — Hamish G, via email TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS DO YOU REMEMBER when Payne Stewart was wearing plus fours and the colours of the local American football team? He advertised Top Flite golf clubs and said, "If you dress like this, you'd better be able to play golf". Now we have John Daly roaming the fairways in those garish patterned pants—can he still play golf? I'm not that fussed about clothing—Rickie Fowler in his Sunday Orange doesn't do much for me; he looks like a dork. What I would really like to see are players filling divots. I swear I can use a bucket of sand on every hole just fixing the divots others have left un-repaired. I would like to see a few more pitch marks fixed; even if I can't find my own I can generally find a few. And what about raking footprints in bunkers? The rules now allow a player to enter the bunker to pick up a rake and rake the way out before going to where the ball lies. All these show consideration for other players. Remember, you should be behind the group in front, not in front of the group behind. — Ben B, via email GOLF IS A GAME steeped in tradition. As the father of three boys, I have instilled in them the idea that rules need to be followed. This means a collared shirt, while some loud pants or trousers and a colourful cap allows them to express their individuality whilst adhering to dress standards. The boys always look neat, tidy and respectable. The game of golf, the club and its members all contribute to them becoming better golfers as well as better citizens. Set the standards, remain consistent and encourage them to achieve—people won't let you down!— Will E, via email
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