SPICY TAKE INCOMING
This has probably been mentioned here in some capacity but the ball/distance debate with Chamblee got me thinking about a very contrarian proposal… what if we stopped caring about distance entirely? What happens then and why is that so terrible?
This game is hard enough for 99.999999% of its participants so we need all the help we can get. Bring on your Double-Jailbreak-Super-TwistFace technology that I’ll still pump O.B. Does this mean the pros may hit it 350 and shoot 30 under. Maybe, but who cares? Distance is cool and birdies are fun.
Tell the architects to stop lengthening courses to 8,000 yards. Tell the USGA to fuck off with protecting par and just let the pros shred it. Oh but what about the record books? Stop clutching your pearls. Records are made to be broken and besides, I was told par is irrelevant.
But how do we compare greats across eras? A) You don’t because that’s dumb. But B) You could look at performance relative to the field. Not that hard.
What about a course not playing the same as it did back in the 50’s? Doesn’t matter. Sports evolve and the game is played differently. Football has the spread offense now and that would make Walter Camp shit his pants.
What about courses not strategically playing the same as the architect intended? Again, sports evolve. Also, I don’t give a damn about the intent of some guy who was born before the Model-T was invented. He was probably an asshole anyways.
But what about the short hitters? Sucks to suck, get better small fry. Hit the gym and go visit George Gankas. Only thing stopping you is your attitude.