Who does Ed Sabol think he's kidding? When Green Bay was winning Super Bowls, NFL Films concentrated on how they won and who starred for them. Now after nine years of scorn and ridicule the Jets have given the AFL a shot at the glory given a champion and a showcase for its stars. But is the Super Bowl film about Namath, Snell, Sauer or the other record-setting Jets? No. This year Sabol tries something different. Quite a coincidence.
An impression might be gained from this year's PGA tour that there has been a steady improvement in the winning scores. Because the Masters is the only major championship that is always played on the same course, its results offer a means of testing this theory.
The average winning score for the prewar period, 1934-42 inclusive, was 282.0. For the most recent period of equal length. 1961-69 inclusive, it was 279.9. The improvement was 2.1 strokes for four rounds or .425 strokes per round. Periods of nine years in length would seem to be long enough to eliminate the effect of year-to-year variables such as weather, course condition, etc.
Accordingly, it could be claimed that the improvements of the past 30 years in respect to clubs, balls and playing techniques have, in total, resulted in the lowering of the average score of the best players by about half a stroke per round.
Perhaps one of the appealing factors of golf in an era dominated by technology is that it is a game of the individual against the elemental forces of nature.
MELVILLE B. MILLAR
Redondo Beach, Calif.