Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 3, NUMBER 82
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “We think the amateur game is actually worse than the professional game in many ways, and that is working its way through to club membership. Because golf is taking four and a half hours, five hours to play, traveling time and time in the bar or whatever, lunch, adds on to a significant part of the day. And in modern living and modern society, it's too much time. So therefore we need to find some way of improving that.”
BRAIN TEASER: Who was the previous sponsor of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans?
PUTTERING AROUND: It turns out isn’t a matter of size. Rather the way in which it’s used. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews is somewhat consumed with the topic of the long putter yet it isn’t certain what, if anything, it will do about it. “Well, there's no doubt that we have seen a considerable up surge in the use of long and belly putters at the professional level in the last 12 months in particular, and at some tournaments the percentage of the players using them has approached or indeed once or twice gone just over the 20 percent mark,” remarked Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A. “Not only has the move been significant in overall quantity, as more and more players of a young age are using these longer putters because they feel it is a better way to putt rather than rescuing themselves from being unable to use the shorter one,” he continued.
“So yes, we are concerned about it, and it's very much back on the radar because of this move in the last 12 months. I don't think that's a secret. The subject is being looked at more from a rules of golf and method of stroke angle than it is from a length of club angle. The reason for that is that if you thought you were going to do something about long putters by saying the putter may be no more than 40 inches long, that would still allow short people perhaps to belly putt but not tall people,” Dawson said. “So limiting the length of club, if you're going to do something about this, is not a very sensible way to go. The other one we've heard is, and actually I think it perhaps came from us originally, is the putter should be the shortest club in the bag. Well, that doesn't do a lot of help for the tall chap who's got a bad back and can't bend down very easily. It also doesn't prevent the advent and we've seen some of this, of belly chipping, or indeed belly putting with say the 1‑iron. So it is being looked at on a method of stroke basis. There's a rule of golf that says you can't push, scrape or spoon as a method of stroke, so this is being looked at on a method of stroke basis.
“Now, I rush to say that no decision has been made about this, and I don't know if one will be. If it's being looked at as a matter of stroke in the rules of golf, that means that there would be no action prior to January 1, 2016, when the next quadrennial revision of the rules of golf is due, because it's being looked at as a method of stroke. And the real question is do we see in the future of golf that this type of stroke should be allowed or not, even though I quite admit it has been around for some time. On the one hand there's the argument you've let it go so long you can't do anything, the other argument is it's never too late to do the right thing.
“There are discussions ongoing at quite an intense pace, but I don't know sitting here as a matter of the rules of golf committee of the R&A and the USGA, I don't know what the outcome will be, and I stress no decision has been made yet.”
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING? Golf equipment has historically employed distance as its proven method towards generating future sales. Take for example, TaylorMade’s RBZ fairway metal woods, which when introduced this year promises an additional 17 yards of distance. TaylorMade isn’t the exception to the rule as each company has at one time or another borrowed a page out of this playbook. But one respected organization isn’t buying the distance gains being touted and or validated through the best players in the world.
“What we've seen in the last year is an uptick of four yards I think it is on the PGA Tour but not on the European Tour or elsewhere in the world,” stated the R&A’s CEO, Peter Dawson. “When you analyze that uptick, it's largely caused by new young players coming into the field and replacing older players who are moving on to the Senior Tour rather than individual players hitting the ball further. But we have our eye closely on it, and I think it's still true to say that we have not seen a significant uptick since the joint statement of principles in 2002.”
BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY: For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer. Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down. The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, www.dcwg.org, that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet. READ MORE>>>
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CHANGE IS A CONSTANT: Because of the pending changes to Q-School, Jim Holtgrieve, captain for the American Walker Cup team, has received every indication that top American collegians Patrick Cantlay and Jordan Spieth will pass up hanging around as amateurs another year in order to participate in the final Q-School that hands out PGA Tour cards. Cantlay and Spieth were Holtgrieve’s top point-getters with 2.5 each in last year’s Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen, and they would have been the expected leaders for next year’s campaign to win back the cup. “Nobody is a lock, but there’s no doubt about it that both of them are great players and great ambassadors for the United States,” Holtgrieve said. “So selfishly I’m hoping they stay amateur and try to make the team again.” READ MORE>>>
GMAC TALKS ABOUT RORY’S MASTERS: “There is no doubt, Sunday at Augusta in 2011 left a mark on Rory McIlroy. I think on Friday night he felt like he was on the verge of exorcising those demons and he got to Saturday and his round with Sergio and the wind just left his sails and he realized that that journey had come to an end. Come Sunday, when he was playing with me, I felt right from the off that Rory wasn’t up for the day and really just wanted to get himself out of Augusta. He realized that his race had been run and he felt like a man who couldn’t wait to get out of the state of Georgia that day.” READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: Jim McArthur, chairman of the championship committee for the R&A, said, “We think the amateur game is actually worse than the professional game in many ways, and that is working its way through to club membership. Because golf is taking four and a half hours, five hours to play, traveling time and time in the bar or whatever, lunch, adds on to a significant part of the day. And in modern living and modern society, it's too much time. So therefore we need to find some way of improving that.”
The Hewlett-Packard Company had it name on the event in 2003 and 2004 when it was called the HP Classic of New Orleans. It acquired Compaq in 2002, which was the sponsor of the tournament from 1999 to 2002.
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