Originally Posted by Lefty-Golfer
well written, I may not want it to become the norm but if golf would take a lesson from it only good things would follow.
think about this, golfers need complete silence to play the typical round unless it not an option - they then embrace it and preform every bit as well they normally would.
I thought Paddy was awesome, i never would have guessed he get into the momment and enjoy like he did...and i have never been a fan of his but he went up quite a bit in my book.
I'm mixed on the whole noise vs silence debate.
On one hand, I love watching our tourney in Phoenix. I love that fans at the 16 are cheering like they're at the opening hole of the Ryder Cup. I love the boos for missing the green on 16, but not so much for missing putts.
To me, it's exhibition golf. It's like the All-Star Game in MLB. It's like the Pro Bowl in the NFL. It's like the All-Star Race in NASCAR. It's the spirit of an exhibition tourney that carries a decent payoff for performing well. I don't think any pro who plays it expects it to have the same atmosphere as the Masters, so it's fine with me. And it certainly does attract a lot of new blood to the sport, at least to watch. The 16th is the "place to be" for folks in the area. I wish more were going to actually watch golf rather than party, but so be it.
On the other hand, I'm used to playing in a quiet atmosphere on my courses and I've been known to step back from a teed ball when someone starts talking during my backswing. Maybe if I had always been subjected to it, it wouldn't bother me as much. I mean, the ER's I've worked in were never quiet atmospheres but I never had a problem putting a "tough" IV in or sewing someone up when it was noisy. It's a matter of what you're used to.
If there was noise on every hole, I have a feeling I'd get used to it, I would adapt, and I would learn to block it out (much like I've learned to block out the voice in my head that constantly screams at me before every 6 foot putt "don't leave it short, Alice!!"). So do I think pros can adapt quickly? Yeah...and if they say they can't I think they're just being whiners and looking for another excuse that they're not playing like they'd like to be.
But I'd still rather have a quiet home course than one filled with guys who started their golf experience by watching the WM and thinking that golf etiquette had somehow evolved to mean they don't have to respect those traditions of keeping your mouth shut when another guy is hitting.