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Golf Australia Express : Issue 46
On The Green Readers! Click to get credit on sign-up $10 SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK YOUR THOUGHTS... AS MUCH AS I am against long putters at club level I cannot see how you can ban them now when PGA Championships have, over history, been won using this hideous club. At club level we have 1000 odd members and all I see is three regular players using them. That tells me there really is no issue. —Graham Voss, via email THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 —Neil Kamminga, via email TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ON LONG PUTTERS LONG PUTTERS SHOULD be banned as it not a true and proper stroke. If someone gets the yips when putting perhaps they should practise more to gain the confidence and skill to be a good putter. —Merv Roberts, via email IT WOULD BE A pity to see the long putter banned as I, like a lot of other players, would have to consider my continued participation. You can hit the ball so well but then you have to putt. There lies the problem for those of us who have tried everything: standard, super short, long, belly. We finish up using what works best for us. It must be left to the golfer themselves to decide. —John Rowe, via email ON CARTS GET RID OF CARTS and while we're at it ban alcohol while on course, especially at public clubs. There's a place called the '19th' where you get to sit and drink to your heart's content without wrecking water-soaked fairways and slowing down play when there's more bending of elbows than swinging clubs. —David Adair, via email A SUBJECT THAT ALWAYS gets plenty of time and passionate discussion over post-game drinks, carts are a real sweet and sour deal. Personally, I think walking helps get you into a rhythm a lot earlier in the round where driving around in a cart can leave you trying to find it all game. However, having recently suffered a knee injury, having a cart available got me back playing weeks—possibly months—earlier than if I had waited til I could walk the course. So as long as people don’t go all F1 or Dakar behind the wheel doing donuts on fairways, then there’s a place for carts as well. —Stephen Zammit, via email WALKING THE COURSE IS the only way to go unless you have an impediment. You have time to view your upcoming shot and assess the lie as you approach your ball, whereas in a cart you tend to approach too quickly, jump out and play your shot. —Rob Dodd, via email
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