Another View - Charles Lane: Obama's wedge issue is the seductive lure of golf
After about half a decade of expensive futility, I finally sold my clubs at a yard sale. It was hard, but eventually I felt as if a weight had been lifted from my shoulders, and I don’t just mean the bag.
It has dawned on the doyens of the sport that expensive, time-consuming exasperation is a tough sell. Some have proposed attracting younger people by tweaking the ancient rules; one idea is to let beginners putt into a 15-inch-wide hole instead of the current 4.25-inch receptacle. They’ll have to make it big enough for a beach ball to lure me back.
Obama might be well-advised to follow Bush’s example. Knowing how hard it was to go cold-turkey myself, though, I’d be surprised if he did so immediately. He appears to be intent, still, on the maddening mission of handicap reduction.
Charles Lane is an editorial writer for The Washington Post.
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