GOLF CARTS: PHOOEY!
In anticipation of the tremendous profits I expect to receive when my new golf cart hits the market (The Golf Cart Is Here for Good, SI, Dec. 14) I am preparing my resignation from the U.S. Navy. The distinguishing feature of this otherwise conservative design—the built-in bar is functional and nothing out of the ordinary—is an automatic, spring-loaded club-swinger which can be set for any distance from five to 300 yards—the latter for self-styled long hitters. This device, if used properly, will not only eliminate the excessive muscular fatigue associated with swinging the club manually but will also speed up play, since preliminary waggles, shakes and twitches will no longer be necessary before each shot. A noted golf pro expressed the philosophy which led me to this design with the question: "Would you close your screen door by hand when you could buy a spring to do it automatically?" Phooey!
LIEUT. COMMANDER BOB MOORE, USN
China Lake, Calif.
The golf cart, in my opinion, is nothing more than a manifestation of a dissipated, sedentary and obese country gradually eating and sitting itself out of existence. There is no doubt that literally thousands of physically handicapped individuals can now play golf with the use of the cart, but there is also no doubt in my mind that this group is a very small minority and that the majority of the people now using carts would be immeasurably better off if they walked and used nature's method of transportation.
Even though I feel Mr. Wright attempted to show the obvious harm done to our individual physical fitness by eliminating walking 18 holes of golf, I feel he actually did a disservice to the youth fitness movement by not stating unequivocally that you had better get off your seat and on your feet and get the physical exercise needed to reach your optimum degree of efficiency, regardless of what endeavor you might seek.
There is no telling how many people Claude Harmon influenced with his statement: "Most people get too much exercise playing 18 holes of golf anyway. I tell you the cart is here for good, and a darn good thing it is, too. Believe me, I never want to walk again when I can ride." What am I supposed to tell my five sons when they ask to ride a golf cart while playing 18 holes?
Youth Fitness Commission of North Carolina
?Cart or no cart, Bob Cox, star end and place-kicker at the University of North Carolina in the years of Charlie ( Choo Choo) Justice, is also past president (1958-59) of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, and should tell his sons to keep heads down, pivot and not break their wrists.—ED.
Gentlemen, let's play down any effort to get people interested in any more automation than there is already.
DAVID A. HENRY
State Director of Youth Fitness
West Virginia Jaycees
Fairmont, W. Va.
The spectacle of all those "sports" chugging over the fairways in their motorized symbols of American athletic debility is hardly edifying. Undoubtedly, we will next see bowling buggies to carry the kegler from his seat to the foul line or perhaps croquet carts for motoring between wickets.
ROBERT D. LILLIBRIDGE
San Bernardino, Calif.
Mr. Harmon's rotund figure was displayed for all television viewers to see during the National Open in 1959, and I was completely amazed that he could walk 18 holes. Too bad that USGA rules 1 do not permit the use of golf carts, because walking is evidently too strenuous for him.
It is certainly an appalling sight to see young men and women, the picture of health, riding in golf carts, with some excuse that they're too tired or in too much of a hurry to walk 18 holes. I think perhaps former President Harry S. Truman was right when he showed grave concern over the physical fitness of our young people.
ROBERT J. NICKELS
Ann Arbor, Mich.
?Wrong President. It was Dwight D. Eisenhower who showed grave concern over the physical fitness of our young people.—ED.