There are times when the rules of any game come under scrutiny. Changes made to popular armchair sports are few, but most try to simplify the game or speed it up.
In football for example the rule preventing an intentional pass back to the goalkeepers arms. In Rugby League reducing the number of tackle's before a scrum.
On a different tack there is the banning of the over sized belly Golf putter.
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However, this past weekend highlighted a golfing fiasco on a grand scale when the great game was reduced to the sport of bagatelle.
I refer to the British Open Golf Championship and those 40 MPH winds at St Andrews. Dustin Johnson, who was leading at the time, had to play eight shots over two holes when it was clearly unplayable. He dropped a shot and was clearly unhappy about how he was treated. In truth it could easily have cost him the tournament.
The winds of change
With this in mind should there not be a rule that any tournament is suspended if the wind goes over 35 mph or whatever is deemed to be reasonable for that course?
I also think it should be possible to replay an individual hole if circumstances deemed it became unplayable during the playing of the hole. Dustin and the other players that were forced to carry on were badly let down by the officials and it should never be allowed to happen again.
The sight of officials staring at balls on the putting green looking to see if there are any oscillations was crazy given the technology we have today.
Tennis is another sport that needs attention. And before I am castigated - yes I know the rule has already been debated at length. In my opinion if your serve touches the net its a fault and should be regarded as such. The let rule should be banished in order to speed the game up.
In the 21st century sporting organisations should be getting smarter and faster at improving the rules of the game and the use of technology.
My thoughts have focused on Golf and Tennis but every sport should have a pipeline of new ideas for change.
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