I’m conflicted because as much respect as I have for Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus (and believe me, I have a TON of respect for them) they need to understand that games evolve both on the course and in the realm of technology, and to hold today’s golfers to a standard that these fine gentlemen do in respect to their era is foolish and shortsighted, almost as foolish and shortsighted as toneypenna, but we’ll cross that bridge in the comments section.
But I’m just curious…these are incredibly smart, savvy, well read individuals who know the game of golf better than anyone. These guys know that sports evolve and that things change as time goes on, I mean, hell, these three were catalysts for such expansive growth in golf that it’s really hard to understand where they’re coming from. Why did Arnie complain about balls being stopped from the rough? Why is Gary Player accusing pros of using performance enhancing drugs? Why is Jack Nicklaus going through great pains to discredit today’s players through complaints about technology and strategy?
This is a different era of golf and it should be treated as such. (more…)