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category national | consumer issues | news report author Sunday February 20, 2005 16:53author by Sean Cruddenauthor email sean.crudden at iol dot ieauthor address Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Co Louth.author phone 042 93 71310 Report this post to the editors

Is Big John Daly Redundant?

Is there another way of hitting the golfball out of sight without the skill and power of John Daly? Is it a sin to take pleasure in golf? The Golfing Union of Ireland seems determined in a jansenistic way to curb the single most sought after requirement and desire of everyone who ever made even the most rudimentary attempt to play golf.
Practice makes perfect!
Practice makes perfect!

There is a big page on the GUI (Golfing Union of Ireland) web-site which is so long it takes nearly an half a minute to download on my modern Dell computer. The page is merely a list of all the makes and types of driver (the most powerful club in the golfers bag) which the GUI will be banning from competitive use from the end of this year and which they will be banishing completely from the fairways of Ireland from 2008 on.

The reason for this is that the clubs named have "balloon" heads with an extra-thin face which propels the ball further due to what might be termed a trampoline effect. Of course we expect rectitude and piety from the GUI and we are here getting it in spades. The logic of their ban is to reduce unfortunate golfers like me to the use of implements which in todays world could be likened to a garden spade. It was once said of the great Christy OConnor that he could play golf with a garden spade - but there is no-one alive in Ireland today who can match his skill as a ball-striker and certainly the average golfer today is unlikely to do any serious damage no matter how sophisticated a club she uses. As clever as they are in America or Japan (or in the GUI) there is no prospect of ever creating a totally automatic driver.

I really think that what is behind this ban is parsimony. The GUI wants to spare its (well heeled) members the expense of buying new clubs and are courting popularity with reactionary and Luddite golfers all around this country who want to bury their heads in the sand and ignore progress internationally in one of the key areas of the game of golf.

Personally I was never classified as a bad driver of the ball but I got a gift of a used Wilson Deep Red driver a few months ago from my son Sean g and it has transformed my enjoyment of the game increasing it by 50%.

Everyone accepted what Moses plucked from the burning bush (we are told) but I candidly believe that what is to be read on the GUI webpage about drivers is a load of cobblers.

Related Link: http://www.gui.ie
author by choking on the splinterspublication date Mon Feb 21, 2005 13:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

this line has popped up in state and commercial media today to describe the fact that around a third of a member state of the EU voted yes.
The hypocrisy and short-sightedness is appaling.
Some more culturally advanced newspapers in Europe who realise the importance of abstentionism have noted the abstention, but in other countries where attitudes to voting are limited to managerial elites who ask their constituents once in a while to approve their marketing plans, the role of "non-voting" has gone ignored. Logically (by extension) these sort of people think oligarchies are democratic and african and asian democracies are in good shape and Saudi Arabia just had a model election with majority turnout of the males. its crap. complete crap.

just thought i'd share that with you Sean.

author by Seanpublication date Thu Feb 24, 2005 14:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Your comment has a clear relevance to the GUI and a lot of other similar organisations in Ireland.

author by .:.publication date Fri Feb 25, 2005 00:31author address vauxhall x.author phone Report this post to the editors

and what happened to the lovely photographic evidence of the really deep fjrd type lough in Louth?

and no pic of the +archbishop this time.
we notice.

author by Seanpublication date Sun Feb 27, 2005 12:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

To be quite candid, a mhic, my handicap is a joke. Please do not draw me out into another long and fruitless argument.

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