Inside Golf : Inside Golf August 2016
your voice www.insidegolf.com.au | August 2016 63 Here’s a left-field suggestion: Let’s get rid of caddies. Is there another sport in the world where a top line sportsperson can get assistance/direction/advice prior to playing in their particular sporting endeavour? In golf we are talking about the crème de la crème in this field. Why can’t they make a decision on their own as, I believe, individuals in every other sport do? In women’s golf we even have the extreme absurdity where the caddy stands behind them and approves their setup! We are talking about the elite players in the world, here! Professional golfers are often “put on the clock” because they (a) take 5 or 6 practice Letters received by Inside Golf may be modified and edited for length and clarity. The opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of Inside Golf. (Except for the good ones – we really like those!) Let the pros go it alone I’m a 63yo golfer (8.5 hcp) and I share your feelings about Slope etc. I was really excited to read your article. It almost feels as if someone understands what I’ve been complaining about for a very long time. I always understood the admin, printed cards etc, in the earlier days if you wanted to change ratings or indexing. But nowadays, there really is no excuse, with computers and technology. I feel that at some windy courses the Slope and especially the indexing should change on the day according to the direction of the wind. Every time I play a new course I feel that they’ve got the Slope wrong. And I fully agree with you that indexing should be done by checking results over 6 to 12 month periods and Slope can be worked out by a certain number of players. They will get a better result than the current system. Abrie Nimb Your Voice Have you got something to say? Then tell us! Write to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Tell an interesting story or something funny about golf and you could win a great prize, like this month’s two dozen Volvik Vista IV golg balls valued at $69.95 per doz (Your choice of white, yellow or orange.) swings (b) consult with the “expert caddy adviser” and (c) wait until the caddy steps out the distance to a marker in “the notes”. Why not let the pro use a GPS/Laser (if they are capable without the help of a caddy!). Imagine the time that could be saved. Let the elite golfer actually make their own decisions like the everyday club member. Bruce Ferrall For whatever reason when the so called “Slope data” was applied to our course, we fared very badly. Our slope from our medal tees is a whopping 137 and middle tees 135. It is among the highest anywhere, which in itself suggests a very difficult golf course—more difficult than all the Melbourne Sandbelt courses and on a par with The Heritage and the three courses at the National. We have a few OOBs and a river beside two holes but I, like you, have played many courses in Melbourne, Queensland and Asia and China, and there is no way our club should rate so high. We get absolutely slaughtered (in handicaps) when we play elsewhere. In my last 20 rounds playing off 14 I have had one score of 36 (sloped to 11.5) and one of 35 (sloped to 11.7) and several scores of 31/32 sloped to 14! As a consequence, my GA has dropped from 13 to 12 without ever breaking my handicap! I believe we have had two attempts to get our rating changed but without success. Let’s hope something happens to improve our lot. Brian Chappel I can see an issue with using the same stats to reach a Slope index for a course. The stats being used are primarily those of the member golfers who are all very familiar with playing the course, i.e. they know where to hit it, where not to hit it, how the various bunkers play, the green conditions and slopes, etc. The stats would give a Slope index that reflected the difficulty or otherwise to members, not necessarily for all players, particularly non-members. Whilst I’m a club member I do play both casually and in competition at a lot of different clubs. While most people are club members and can score well at their own club they invariably struggle when visiting another club and this is demonstrated by the fact that few and, sometimes none, of the players will better their handicap. Chris Fraser Your editorial about hole indexing and slope was great. In your final paragraph, you said that using the GolfLink statistics to determine the slope may be ‘too simple’ to be the answer. You are wrong though - IT IS THE ANSWER !! However, Clubs and Golf Australia do not have the will to actually do it. This is to the detriment of us players for whom this system was meant to help. Slopes are clearly not accurate and the GolfLink statistics would at least give clubs some hard data about how fair or tough their course is compared to the par. I have been keeping stats for our course from the Lexus Cup / Genesis Cup results, where they are able to get the stats from Golf Link to run those competitions so why won’t Golf Club managers and Golf Australia do it too? My summary over two years of Lexus Cup/ Genesis Cup scores (about 170 rounds) from our Club shows the following Stableford points: Autumn average 30.7, Winter average 27.01, Spring average 30.8 . (Lexus Cup/ Genesis Cup don’t run their competition in summer). Clearly our course is at least five strokes harder than the par rating and even worse in winter. We need to put pressure on Golf Australia and Club Managers to address these issues and help their members get a fairer deal from the slope rating and the ensuing flow on to our handicaps. Who knows, if we start to enjoy the game, more members may join clubs. Win Win. Paul Thurlow Just thought I’d share this with you: Recently, a friend of mine, Anne Taylor, who is a ‘sometime’ golfer with a 36 handicap at Randwick Golf Club, competed in a medley stableford competition with her husband as partner. This lady would be the first to admit to being a hacker. Not this day! Anne swept around the Randwick course with a total of 53 Stableford points which included a hole in one (her first ever). Husband Brad, apart from being gobsmacked, managed to add a couple of points to the total which, needless to say, was good enough to win the competition. Noel Simmons LetteroftheMonth SLOPE AND INDEXING The great Australian Larry-kin Just a note to say how much I enjoy the mag, particularly Larry Canning’s column – I look forward to the next edition. Kevin McMillan Thank you Mark Allen! I would like to thank Mark Allen for the putting tips in the June edition. The advice about staying still and only move your body to putt has really helped my game, as I was really about to throw my clubs away. But now back to it and I am a lot happier with the results. John Whittle Outstanding round of golf I now understand why you are a success in your profession. In your column (Do we want David vs Goliath, June) prior the U.S. Open, when you took “a shot” at the USGA for making this course the toughest for their own gratification/reputation, you said “watch them celebrate when the weekend cut is a sky-high +6”. As we all know, the cut was +6! Genius!! Joe Skimbirauskas Editor’s note: Thanks Joe. But as they say, even a blind squirrel can find a nut every now and then. On the number It is time that the DSR was abolished altogether. Why should I be punished because the other people in our competition can’t hit the ball today? Time and time again I have had my handicap slashed when I have only had about 31 or 32 points in stableford. The game of golf is to pit yourself against the course, not against other players’ scores. As a result of this ridiculous system we are all on false handicaps. Today, once again I had 31 points and broke my handicap. I thought we were trying to encourage more players. This is not the way to do it. The slope system is a good one, but adding a DSR is ridiculous. Give us a break and make it a fairer system, I say. Joanne Todd This photo, submitted by Glenys Cummings, shows one of her playing partners at the Coffs Harbour Festival of Golf last October. Her ball almost went into the water and the only way she could hit it was to stand in the water. She took off her shoes and socks, hitched up her skirt and went for it. She hit a great shot into the green and drained the putt. Well played! If you’ve got a “TOP SHOT” you’d like to share, email it to us at email@example.com Top Shot: ‘Water’ you waiting for?
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