Readers of The First Call offer an eclectic list of songs they would like to hear when stepping up to the first tee; a deeper dive on divots; and why we just need to quit the hate
Question of the week [Oct. 24-30]: Just like in Major League Baseball, if you could have a walk-up song, what would it be and by which artist or group?
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"Roll Me Away" by Bob Seger. Especially the line, "Next time, we'll get it right."
Walk up music: L7 — "Can I Run"
West Des Moines, Iowa
I am a huge hard rock fan and could name numerous bands and songs, but if I had to name one band, it would be anything from Rage Against the Machine. "Killing in the Name" would probably be my go-to song.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
“Welcome to the Jungle”. by Guns and Roses. Although my preference is no golf course music.
My walk-up song would be "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" by ZZ Top.
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Molly Hatchett: "Flirtin' With Disaster"
Fairfax Station, Virginia
It would have to be "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz.
"Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey, with Steve Perry, on my earbuds, with the volume set to 11.
San Diego, California
Stealing from Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, "I ain't as good as I once was," by Toby Keith.
ABOUT THAT RULE CHANGE
Once a player's ball reaches the green, the player may mark it and clean it. Then they should never touch it again unless it's in someone's line, at which time the ball is marked and replaced. Also, if the ball is not directly in another player's line, it must be holed — the old continuous putting rule.
I don't agree with relief from a divot. What will be the definition of a divot? Is a divot that has been seeded and has some grass growth a relief area? And what about divots in the rough? Relief there too? Too subjective. Or play lift, clean and place all the time. No divot issues. Play it as it lies or LCP. There's not an in between.
If the rules allowed a free drop from a divot hole in the fairway just "to be fair," then why not require a ball perched in a good lie in the rough be moved to a bad lie?
Grand Rapids, Michigan
In regards to the rule change most of your readers would like to see, just as a matter of accuracy, a divot is the piece of turf removed from the ground. The indentation that is left in the ground is a divot hole.
JUST STOP THE HATE
There is enough hate and vitriol being flung around due to U.S. politics. Listen, if you don’t like LIV Golf ... fine. If you like LIV … fine. Don’t watch it; watch it. Just get over it and stop with the hate, there’s enough of it going around already.
Bonita Springs, Florida
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