Jemele Hill in the Orlando Sentinel tackles the "why no promising young players" question and gets some interesting replies.
"Young guys just pick a driver out of a bin that goes 320 [yards]," said [Frank] Lickliter, who shot a blistering 62 in the final round of Disney's Funai Classic on Sunday. "They can't carve one on the fairway. They don't know how to knock down a wedge. Their skills are limited."And Hill writes:
You could blame a lot of things for why golf is the latest sport lacking a strong presence of young American superstars -- the increased presence by talented foreigners is one -- but our obsession with flash is slowly killing U.S. dominance in sports around the globe.This is where you wish Jemile had floated her column idea by her colleague, Steve Elling.
Our kids would rather practice a 360-degree dunk a billion times than set one proper screen. They would rather obsess about home runs than learn how to stretch a single into a double. They would rather hit an 100-mph serve than develop a decent backhand.
In golf, it's all about the 300-yard blast off the tee. Michelle Wie has a big swing and an awfully hollow trophy case, but a mighty big bank account.
"It's kind of sad what's happened to the skill part of the game," said Scott Verplank, a 20-year pro. "The skills required to be a great player in this game are not near as important as they used to be. It's really changed the game."
This is just another depressing reminder of how much our sports culture emphasis on style has hurt the overall product.
Most of us were just fooled into thinking it was strictly a U.S. basketball problem. As it turns out, it's an American problem.
You can sit there and blame YouTube, MySpace and ESPN for the downfall of sports society, but we must take a hard look at ourselves first.
Most of us are more impressed with a teeth-rattling hit in football than a left guard's pull.
Golf course designers and PGA officials know we're hooked on Happy Gilmore-esque shots, which is why more courses are being built to complement power instead of finesse.
Ugh...yep, it's all the fault of architects. Now, why is it again that architects are lengthening courses?