It’s simple, the ball is either in the hole or it isn’t

2012-10-26 00:00

MANY sports fans will breathe a sigh of relief when it was recently announced that goal-line technology will be used in the near future for soccer. The game of soccer boasts that it is the most popular sport in the world and that it is the easiest to understand with the least number of rules.

In fact, apart from changes concerning the goalkeeper, the game has hardly changed for 150 years. However, the game’s administrators have been reluctant in agreeing to use modern technology to determine whether the ball has crossed the line or not. One would have thought that because there are so few goals scored — and just one goal can win or lose a game, or mean success or failure for teams — soccer should have led the way with technology.

It doesn’t make sense that the television audience around the world can see that a goal has been scored, but the referee doesn’t have access to that information. Cricket uses television replays in a number of areas of the game in an effort to arrive at the correct decision. Rugby has followed with not only the scoring of tries, but replays are used as evidence for foul play. Tennis uses “Hawkeye” for line calls and there are other instances of using the latest technology in other sports. Many years ago, the introduction of photography to determine the first horse to cross the line in racing, revolutionised the sport of kings and it must have been welcomed by everyone.

Readers may now be wondering why a golf column is mentioning modern technology. Well, the answer is that golf doesn’t need any such innovations because the ball is either in the hole or it isn’t. It’s as simple as that.

The game of golf probably has more rules than any other sport, with very few golfers professing to know all of them. However, there are no umpires or referees needed to supervise the playing of the game. A golfer will call a penalty on himself if the ball rolls in the rough, with nobody else to see it.

The game relies on honesty and integrity of the individual and to show consideration to other players.

Incidentally, almost all sports have rules, except cricket and rugby — they have laws.

FROM THE 19TH HOLE

Men and Women – the difference (part 2)

Nicknames:

If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.

If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately call each other Fatboy, Grumpy and Wing-nut.

Eating out:

When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in R100, even though it’s only for R190. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit he wants change back.

When the girls get their bill, out comes the pocket calculator.

Money:

A man will pay R50 for a R25 item he needs.

A woman will pay R25 for a R50 item she doesn’t need, but is on sale.

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