So this week sees the waste management Phoenix open take place and the atmospheric 16th par 3 surrounded by stands of hysteric fans .But should more golf courses have such holes after a survey said golf was a top boring sport to watch ?
I doubt augusta national will anytime soon go against the stuffy shirt golf club attitude to embrace a modern idea .
But we do need courses like augusta in the traditional style .
So could the open embrace this idea or is purely a American twist ?
Could such courses as tpc sawgrass 17th or pebble beach, Wentworth adopt such a concept ?
From the players view they enjoy the atmosphere that goes with the stadium like atmosphere created and I haven't seen anyone say a bad word about it and they would welcome other courses following suit .
So where did the idea come from ?
Was purely a marketing idea?
Was it to make the tournament and golf course unique ?
Was it with tv in mind ?
Maybe a combination of all the above or just a brilliant stroke of genius that could be the future of golf?
Maybe it just be a one off idea to surround a entire hole and not just a few grandstands on certain holes on a course ?
I for one think the idea would catch on elsewhere and help boost the image of golf .
winter golf tips
so as the cold months roll in and winter takes hold how many of you actually play golf in the winter ?
Surprisingly not many do and normally the weather in the uk this time of year isn't great we do have the odd day where it's a crisp sunny cold day and a excellent chance to sample winter golf and the challenges it presents .
So a few tips to help your game in winter
1. Allow for less roll on wet or soft winter fairways compared to hard summer ones .
2. Be mindful that the golf ball doesn't fly as far in cold winter than in warm sunny days , a recent study showed that the difference being around 2 yards of carry for every 10 degrees drop ( cold air is denser than warm for science geeks ) .
3. Consider changing to a softer ' lower compression ball in winter as it's easier to compress a softer ball .
4. A random one this but to keep golf balls warm ( and last check it was legal ) put them in a pot a hot water for 30 minutes then dry them and put them into a insulated food bag ( I personally haven't tried it myself but may for research purposes ) .
5. A common tip from the tour is keep gloves dry is to put them in a sealed bag and also hang the glove on the rods under the umbrella to stay dry .
6. Simple one to keep a towel dry hang it off the umbrella but keep a spare in the bag too .
7. Rough in winter especially when wet is tough so swing a little harder to get out .
8. As beautiful as a crisp winter day can be to avoid disappointment do except that scoring won't be as good .
9. Greens will be slower when wet and soft .
So these top tips will help you enjoy winter golf more and the different challenge it poses to summer golf , course management and mental toughness will be tested as will ball striking .
Don't let all of this put you off tho from getting out on the course , even just 9 holes can be very beneficial to your winter practise programme .
Enjoy and happy golfing !
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