On the ball again . . .
One of our Founders,Malcolm Peake, tells the story of a short round the two of them played which clearly showed the impact of ball design on one of our objectives - making the game less time-consuming – and underlines his belief that the golf ball should be designed to fit the course, not the course to fit the ball
Nick and I played 9 holes at Temple Golf Club in Berkshire, using the Kingbo Floater ball manufactured in Taiwan to around 80 compression weighs 1.41 oz, rather than the normal 1.62 oz and is the normal 1.68 inches. According to Kingbo this would go about 240 yards, if hit by a Top golfer, against 270 yds with a normal ball.
We played the course off the front tees with a ball that went about 85% of the normal distance and we played the 9 holes in just 1 hour 15 mins. It was a joy. The game was just as much fun, and we hit about the same number of shots that we normally do, but we didn’t walk so far and we took much less time.
The ball we played looked exactly like a normal golf ball and is the same size: it weighs slightly less but is totally legal within the rules of golf. Not travelling such great distances, it does not go so far in to the rough, and being lighter sits up well on the grass. It feels slightly different on the club face but putts and chips as well, once one gets used to the slightly different sound and feel.
Is this all too simple? There are many issues to consider, and it may be a difficult situation for the authorities and the ball manufacturers, but if something isn’t done soon the recreational game of golf will die. Let us have your reaction to Malcolm and Nick’s experience.
Incidentally, a warm tribute to Nick Park may be read on the website of "Fine Golf". Go to http://www.finegolf.co.uk