Golfers who are still hitting balls from a hard mat would do well to call a halt.
David Leadbetter, in criticising the practice, was backed up by Dr Andrew Levick, the osteopath currently travelling with the Ladies’ European Tour.
Leadbetter’s heightened concerns are twofold. Firstly, the queues outside the physiotherapy vans are not getting any shorter. Secondly, Asian players are still doing as their great heroine, Se Ri Pak, in playing too much of their early golf at driving ranges rather than courses.
“Young bodies,” says Leadbetter, “are simply not designed to beat thousands of balls off mats.
“We’re beginning to see the repercussions in terms of wrist, knee and back injuries, most of which can only be put down to overuse at an early age.”
Nick Faldo’s old tutor takes you back to a time when he was was so concerned at the Korean contingent’s work rate at his Orlando academy that he decreed that Sunday should be a day of rest. Students, he said, should go to the beach or do anything other than play golf.
Alas, there were parents who made it abundantly clear that they did not welcome the proposal.