Alex Myers is reporting on the recent David Feherty's interview and comments in Men's Journal however I do take issue with David's endorsement of enlarging the size of the golf ball.
Feherty in good form
Alex writes, "When the subject of how golf can stay relevant with young people, the CBS on-course reporter and Emmy award-winning talk show host on Golf Channel didn't hold back his opinion of golf's governing body."
Jack's other great idea
Jack Nicklaus is one of golf's elder statesmen and he should be proud of the fact that at least one of his ideas did catch fire and meet with the approval of those in power. But perhaps it was only adopted because of its potential for many money-making opportunities.
Come September there will be one of the biggest money-making events in golf. Thanks to Jack's suggestion the format of the Ryder Cup was changed and it was no longer a Great Britain and Ireland team instead a European team. And the rest is golfing history and ever since the Yanks have yearned to play in the Ryder Cup.
The pitch and putt Old Course
As to the issue of a bigger ball it will indeed make golf more of a challenge for the professionals who hit the golf ball obscene lengths and consequently have made it necessary to bastardize the Old Course so that it doesn't become, on a windless day, a pitch and putt golf course.
Bigger ball best for amateurs?
As for the benefits of a bigger ball helping, "the amateurs on the greens and attract more players," I have my doubts because I've been there and done that.
As a lad living in Scotland I was brought up on using the smaller British ball but all that changed when I moved to Canada where they were using the American sized ball.
The good news was that as David suggests my short game improved but the loss of distance on long shots was truly shocking. And now that I'm no longer a young lad any changes that would result in a further loss of length would be hard to take.
The case for bifurcation
The big money manufacturers are of course working on their own solution to attract people to this game for a lifetime.
Funky looking non-conforming clubs which they believe will attract more people to the game. Also promoting the idea of a 15-inch hole.
But that's not the solution and alas bifurcation is the way to go. A bigger ball for the pros and the rest of us stay with the present sized ball.
Here's the link to Alex Myers
Quote of the Day
"American golfers almost unanimously preferred the smaller ball when playing in the British Open. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, et.al., all switched to the British ball when they played the Open Championship (or any other competition governed by R&A rules). The smaller ball went farther and was more workable in the wind." - Brent Kelley at golf.about.com