- Jul 24, 2012
When you play tennis you have to bring your own tennis balls and you are only allowed to touch with your hands your own balls - so they have to make their balls to make sure it’s theirs before picking them up.
The new foursome is also a selfish game, because it is generally played with too little regard for the convenience and feelings of other golfers on the links. It is very slow and couples coming up from behind who do not always care to ask to be allowed to go through, are often irritated beyond measure as they wait for four balls to be played through the green in front of them, and eight putts are taken on the putting green. The constant waiting puts them off their game and spoils their day.
And he goes on to go through how things get even slower and more confused when playing a four ball match - players in a pair working out what best to do; balls being mark and lifted ('continual lifting and replacing') etc.
Plus ca change. Vardon may have been thinking this over one hundred years ago - and he is of course right as we continue to think the same today
I'll add - he also admits that the fourball game has it's merits...however...
His book as a very interesting read for those interested in how the game was back in the day. But on this topic
See Chapter XVII - On Foursomes
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