Gary Player hits out at R&A

2012-11-24 08:47

Durban - Gary Player has criticised the Royal and Ancient (R&A) for not limiting the distance the golf ball travels with modern technology.

Player, 77, was speaking at his Gary Player Invitational at Zimbali and the subject quickly turned to the ball.

"I would first of all realise, if I were the R&A, that there are two different games and they say it's one game," said Player.

"It isn't because professional golf and amateur golf are as far apart as from here to Cairo. The thing is, they don't want to recognise that."

Player said the R&A need to distinguish amateurs from professionals and have according governing rules.

"If they think it's the same game, go and tee it up and play with Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy and you'll really get the message.

"The amateur is still the important man, not the professional golfer.

"We've to keep continuing with technology for the amateur, but for professional golf we've got to tomorrow cut the ball back 50 yards. It's hurting golf."

Player explained golf courses are becoming obsolete in the continual need to be lengthened.

He went on to take a swipe at what was happening to golf courses, saying golf clubs overreact to courses which hold professional tournaments and then have the course lengthened.

"Clubs are stupid. They say 'somebody came here and played a tournament and played a drive and a six iron at the par five'. That doesn't matter, don't change your course because of that," said Player.

"Now you lengthen your golf course, and it's more water needed. Water is the biggest problem in golf design. No golf course should be allowed to be designed unless you use effluent water."

Player said the modern golf ball was as a result doing immeasurable harm to the game.

"Everybody is spending hundreds of millions of dollars changing their golf course. Just change that little ball, it's so cheap and take the money that's been raised and put it into the youth," he said.

Player then went on to say the belly putter needed to be banned.

"They have also got to stop this belly putter. I played with a guy the other day that's got the putter on his nose," he joked.

"The things that you're seeing are unbelievable. And nerves are an integral part of golf.

"When I was a young man, I used to train with tai chi on how to have a strong mind, when playing and how to handle when you're coming the line to win a golf tournament because I didn't have the size of other guys."

Player said now, if a player a had a problem of nerves, all they had to do was get a belly-putter.


  • peter.gibbs.5895 - 2012-11-24 09:28

    Waka waka....the black night moaning again. Why doesn't he just shut up and retire.

      malcolm.j.patterson.1 - 2012-11-24 09:51

      When Gary Player talks the golfing world listens because he's been there, done that & got the T-shirt to prove it, so if he says something like this it's worth the R & A looking into. He's always been a South African hero, promoting the game he loves where ever he goes.

      jurie.slabbert - 2012-11-24 09:54

      You obviously dont know golf my friend. Gary Player accomplished more in life than you can dreame of. If you know golf you would have agreed to his comment.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-11-24 10:28

      Because he is 100% right. You have neither the pedigree not ability to polish his shoes, let alone say something so idiotic.

      nardus.pretorius.5 - 2012-11-24 11:14

      I'm with you Skeet. The man should just STFU! He didn't exactly play with clay filled with feathers himself. Things progress, get over it.!

      hentie.devries - 2012-11-24 11:21

      The guy makes a lot of sense... did u actually read the article?

  • marco.hudson.33 - 2012-11-24 09:50

    Show some respect Skeet. The guy is a true legend worldwide. And he's got a valid point.

  • pagel.trivia - 2012-11-24 09:50

    @Skeet: He makes sense. The same reason they have rules about the bat in cricket - to not disturb the balance of the game. What do you think will happen if they start making cricket bats out of composites?

  • dieter.gerber - 2012-11-24 10:01

    Skeet...your handicap?? Have you played with a tour pro before??

  • ron.rielander - 2012-11-24 10:07

    Say's Gary with a cell phone in he's pocket and a fancy car in the driveway. Just because he can't hit far any more... don't blame technology.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-11-24 10:30

      Ron, you need to watch some golf with the pros. Guys driving greens that were once a drive and a 8i. Even The old course at st Andrews has had to build tee boxes off the course for pro play. 1 golf ball for the pros would make classic great courses relevant, make the game cheaper all round.

  • lee.milroy - 2012-11-24 10:38

    Terrible English, another article posted without gramma checks, read the last paragraph as an example. As Gary is trying to explain, the youth is the future and getting an article published with sub standard gramma does not bode well for the junior journalists

      jonathan.momberg - 2012-12-03 21:30

      Good grief - Pot calling the kettle black - ignoramus.

  • croets - 2012-11-24 10:43

    Anyone who can play golf, and who's ego is not the person teeing up the ball...will know that The Knight is talking sense!

  • - 2012-11-24 11:12

    Alot of drivel in that article.

      Thabisa Sibanda - 2012-11-24 11:22


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