Metal Drivers are a Fad; They Will Never Last…

Metal Drivers
Belly Putters
Balata Golf Balls
Graphite Shafts
Improved Bentgrasses
Long Wooden Golf Tees
Rolling Greens
Perimeter Weighted Irons
Ultradwarf Bermudgrass Greens
Laser Rangefinders
Yardages on Sprinkler Heads
Heel – Toe Weighted Putters
Rescue Woods
Lob Wedges
Non-metal Golfshoe Spikes
GPS Units
Metal Golf Club Shafts

I heard a TV golf commentator talking about “returning” to the roots of the game with a quiver in his voice, and a tear in his eye and I caught myself feeling sympathetic to his comments. Golf is a game of great traditions and history, but is using grass on a golf green sacrilege?  Should we be using Hickory wooden golf shafts in our clubs as we tee up a Featherie golf ball on a mound of sand and attempt to drive the ball long and true towards a nomadic herd of cattle on top of a sparsely vegetated hill?

What did that commentator mean?  Have we ruined the Olympic Marathon by running it on a hard surface, with shoes?  Wimbledon with oversized racquet’s?  What would Bill Tilden think if he saw a tennis tournament where the men wore shorts instead of pants?  Would he leave in disgust or marvel at the skill of the players today?

Is Evolution really a bad thing?

It was for one fellow in 1851.  That’s the year that Old Tom Morris was fired by Allan Robertson at St. Andrews.  His reason for being dismissed?  Morris was caught making that newest of fads.  The gutta percha golf ball.  Obviously Morris, considered the first professional greens keeper, didn’t fully appreciate the rich heritage of golf when he refused to renounce the new fangled ball in favor of the Featherie.   Morris, whom still holds a British Open record or two, realized golfs great heritage lies just as much in the future as it does in the past.

Good for Old Tom Morris, and good for him for teaching that to his apprentice.  Another fellow that liked fads named Donald Ross.

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