clublender, on 26 July 2018 - 05:03 PM, said:
Bryson DeChambeau ran into some trouble recently using a compass on the course. Then Golfweek recently broke the story that beginning January 1, 2019, green-reading books may be outlawed on tour. What should pros be allowed to use to assist their game and what should be banned? Green-reading books? Pin-placement maps? Rangefinders? Carts? Compasses? What's integral to the game and what is just a tool, like a sand wedge, a golf bag and a caddy? Can a golfer use a computer to calculate the best path to sink a putt?
What skills are essential "golf skills" you want to test? I think it would be interesting to have the guys get their own yardages (by estimating them on course, no markers or sprinkler heads, etc.) as I personally believe that estimating yardage is a golf skill. Pin placement maps, yardage books, etc. have eliminated blind shots in essence and have also killed some of the depth perception tricks employed by architects. Thus course knowledge and prior homework is slightly nullified.
I don't need to see featheries and niblicks but estimating yardage is a skill and the lengthy conversations have slowed down the pro game. And unfortunately Jimmy Shanks at the local muni is taking his cues from the tour.
I've told this here before but bohica:
Weekend before last I was waiting on the tee on a par five. An adjoining par five green is just uphill from this tee box. I hear the approach shot hit the green and bounce off the back. No more than 25 yards tops off the back of the green. Tour visor guy (what he was wearing) rolls up in cart, locks the brakes, and cussing, jumps out to survey the damage. He pulls his trusty bushnell and gets his yardage at all of 25 yards. I nearly lost my shiz right there on the tee.
Night train, on 28 July 2018 - 07:05 PM, said:
Reading a green is like judging the wind or trying to decide how much an upslope or downslope affects your yardage. It's part of the skill required to be good at the game. If the books didn't offer an advantage, no one would be using them.
Or is it a perceived advantage that if one guy is using them they must all use it to keep the playing field level in their minds? Wonder how many times a guy gives that dumb look and arm wave in the opposite direction of the break after missing a putt was the result of that book?