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Golf Australia Express : February 2013
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE MONTH YOUR THOUGHTS... IT'S SAD but Aussie golf can't be too picky right now. If Clive Palmer keeps courses open for members to play and for youngsters to come into the game then it's a good thing. Is sponsorship that embarrassing if it keeps the game going? Some might say the scene and gallery behaviour at the 16th at the PGA Tour's Waste Management tournament is an abomination, but others just as readily accept it. Aussie golf just isn't strong enough to go it alone without someone like Mr Palmer. People with that type of means are too rare. Like any investment it comes with risk and in this instance it really seems it's better the devil we know. — ANDREW HINCHCLIFFE, VIA EMAIL TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ON CLIVE PALMER IN GOLF... TIMES ARE tough as you have stated in your article [Mr Palmer & His 4 Courses, January] and tough times need tough decisions. Without people like Mr Palmer our sports will die. Yes, he may have some odd views, but times have changed and you need some odd things to happen. We are lucky to have someone prepared to put his money where his mouth is. I don’t advocate giving him carte blanche over the game but I do think he must have some control. I hope he stays with golf for a long time. — ARTY ASCIAK, VIA EMAIL CLIVE SEEMS to have mixed up real golf with mini golf. If he wants an amusement park he can have one, even at the same resort, just keep it off the fairways. Lord knows there's enough hazards on a normal course.— NEILL KAMMINGA, VIA EMAIL THE LETTER OF THE MONTH RECEIVES A DOZEN CALLAWAY HEX BLACK TOUR BALLS WE NEED people like Clive Palmer with that special entrepreneurial skill that allows him to think outside of the circle. No doubt he will make a few mistakes along the way but generally he’ll be good for the game. At least he is prepared to put his money where his mouth is and that can't be a bad thing for golf in this country. — ANDY PEPPERCORN, VIA EMAIL ON THE PROPOSED BELLY BAN... I SEE THE banning of the broomstick putter as a complete over-reaction. I first saw it used in the late '80's in professional golf and at first thought it was a gimmick that wouldn't last. It has lasted, but only on a minimal scale. Consider all the golfers who have played professionally since then and it’s possibly only 5 per cent or so who have used them. For Tiger and Rory and the like to raise the issue of an unfair advantage, to me, is simply just a whinge. Play with them on Tour for 12 months boys—I bet your bank balances won't be as high. — BRE TT BLACKLER, VIA EMAIL I READ THE reason for banning the longer putter was because players using them won three of the four majors last year. Applying this logic would mean prior to the past year, players using conventional sized putters had an advantage as users of broomsticks were seldom winners. Using this logic and taking it a step further, based on results over several years the short putter should also be banned due to the number of players winning majors using the short putter, as players using a longer one were clearly disadvantaged. — LARRY WILKINS, VIA EMAIL