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Golf Australia Express : April 2013-The Masters
SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE MONTH IT HAS long been known that most fairways are only six inches wide—the distance between your ears. The principal performance-enhancing substance for golfers is a sports psychologist. Anything that significantly enhances your strength only leads you to hit shorter clubs off the tee to get in the right place or get further in the trees. — DAVID FITSIMMONS, VIA EMAIL TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS THE LETTER OF THE MONTH RECEIVES A DOZEN CALLAWAY HEX BLACK TOUR BALLS ON RORY MCILROY... ALTHOUGH noticeably different at the moment, Rory’s ballstriking would only have to deteriorate just marginally to bring him right back to the field. One metre awry means fairway or rough. And a great approach to six feet or another to eight feet can mean the difference between holing putts or not. Just three of these slight variances a tournament can mean the difference between being just a contender or a winner. And we know what Rory wants to be. Or is it the greatest marketing ploy ever by Nike? Bring Rory back to the field and enhance the chances of their "numero uno cash cow" Tiger Woods. —KYM DUVAL, VIA EMAIL IT'S ALL in his head! Doubt = performance = result. If Rors can get over the mental side, then the rest will follow. End of story. —BRA D ROLPH, VIA EMAIL ON WIE'S WOES... Blame Michelle Wie’s parents and Wie herself for allowing their meddling in her career. If she could cut ties with family and learn to rely on herself she would most likely regain her game. —TERRY G. WILSON, VIA EMAIL ON TODAY'S EQUIPMENT... GREG NORMAN is correct in his comments about the ball. The guys playing tournaments in the 1950s and 60s had to have great skill in controlling the ball, particularly in the summer when greens were only hand watered. The other major change that has made a difference is the clubhead size of drivers. Guys who really aren't very good at your local club can bang the ball a mile off the tee because the sweetspot is so much bigger. More skill was required to hit the sweetspot with the lovely, old persimmon woods. —DAVID WORLEY, VIA EMAIL YOUR THOUGHTS...