What would “King Arnie” say?
The number of rules violations on tour in recent months - since the Rules of Golf were simplified at the start of January - has been strange to behold. As Palmer (“The King”) himself once remarked, “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated, it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect.”
What would Palmer make of its current plight? Supposedly, the rules have been simplified, yet players - certainly on tour - seem unable to grasp the rule changes. Add in the bane of slow play, and the picture that has been painted is a messy one which needs a guiding hand.”
A new “Arnie’s Army”
What’s really needed is a new “Arnie’s Army” most likely a bunch ‘old farts’ like me desperate to restore some dignity into this great game which has been greatly soiled by the R&A and the USGA refusing to address the issue of great old courses being diminished in stature by big-hitting and how ‘follow the money’ is the simple answer to how come these guys at the top make all those strange decisions?
And while writing of “great old courses”. In recent years having pushed the championship 17th tee beyond the original bounds of the Old Course they’ve now decided to grow really rough, rough on the left side of the fairway in an attempt make the famous ‘Road Hole’ more penal.
Alas the players are not blameless a recent survey suggested that a well-above-average number of tournament players are OK with the length they are hitting the ball and consequently making holes like the ‘Road Hole’ obsolete.
Fortunately for ‘old farts’ like me, many years ago I/we had the opportunity of playing the ‘Road Hole’ as it really was in days gone by.
To quote Ben Crenshaw, “The reason the Road Hole at St. Andrews is the most difficult par 4 in the world is that it was designed as a par 6.”
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Quote of the Day
“Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.” - “The King” Arnold Palmer