They may not be "on the ball" in terms of playing well, but that doesn't stop them from talking about "the ball." Specifically, the golf ball and how far it flies these days.
In the latest edition of T&L Golf, Greg Norman authors an article called "A Ball Just for the Best?" In short, Norman proposes bifurcation - having different rules for different classes of players. A shorter ball for pros and the ball we all enjoy today for the rest of us:
In my opinion, the game of golf should have two standards for balls: One for professionals and another for amateurs. Sure, there would be some gray areas (which ball would top amateurs, including college players, use?), but the powers that be could sort out those questions.
The devil is in the details, and Greg Norman is far too saintly to tackle those. Greg, whose career is best summarized by a "c" word that rhymes with "poker" has added another title to his repertoire: blathering talking head, complete with unsubstantiated assertions like "The distance that pros hit the ball now is affecting the long-term vitality of the game." Or try this on for size: "And lengthening and toughening courses is adding to the expense and time required to play the game." Proof of either statement? Nowhere to be found.
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