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掹唔掹旗好?

撰文:Timothy Low / 照片:Getty Images 

2019 年球季伊始,迎來是一堆影響深遠的球例改動。由減少尋找球遺失球時間(由於我開球比艾頓莊還要「直」,實在不敢苟同)到荒謬至極的膝蓋拋球位置,但要數當中最具爭議的一條,絕非容許球手在果嶺上推桿時保留旗桿在洞口之中莫屬。

 

此修改球例令不少人歡天喜地,例如是被喻為瘋狂高球科學家的 Bryson DeChambeau。此美國球手已應用「彈簧效應」至登峰造極,他在開季的一場杜拜賽事中幾乎在任何距離和角度均可一推進洞。此子本來就是一名物理學天才,他在打每一桿之還會暗自計算航天數學呢,不過毫無學術資質者如我,大概只能這樣:「這大概是一記 8 號鐵的距離吧,但果嶺前有水障礙,8 號鐵會否略嫌不夠?」

 

既然有科學數據再加上 Bryson 的聰明頭腦告訴我們,保留旗桿令推桿進洞機率更高,為什麼多年來,我們在果嶺邊切桿時要堅持拔起旗桿?還記得有一年在 Torrey Pines,Phil Mickelson 在 18 洞要在 132 碼外要一桿進洞才有機會追平對手再打附加洞,為什麼他還要叫老友兼球僮拔起旗桿呢?

 

其實我們是否這麼年來都是錯的?

 

不過緊記啊,無論你下次下場選擇「掹唔掹旗好」,關鍵仍是你的擊球質素和效果吧! 

 

無論是 Mickelson 抑或 DeChambeau 的處理方法,都令我不禁反思,關鍵應該是「掹唔掹得切」吧?