Maybe you have a drawer, a closet, or a room where you store things you don’t use, but are reluctant to throw out. This lessens the functionality of your home by turning part of it into a storage area for useless junk. If you go into that room or closet and throw everything out, you lose nothing and gain space for other purposes.
Sometimes less is more, but we are reluctant to get rid of anything. We cling to stuff out of habit. You could even say we cling to habits out of habit.
So we come to the World Long Driving Championships. They lost their title sponsor and were in danger of canceling this year’s event. Golf Channel stepped in to “save” the event. But was it worth saving?
The world of golf right now is a room filled with stuff, some of it essential, much of it junk. It’s hard to find the Masters in a room filled with Fed Ex Cups and Long Drive Championships. You have to step around the women’s “fifth major” and duck under Brandel Chamblee and Kelly Tilghman to get to the British Open. There’s the Pebble Beach Pro-Am over in the corner, but it’s covered in dust and the batteries are dead. Where the heck is the PGA Championship? Oh, there it is, buried under five boxes of ancient Tiger Woods VCR tapes.
Everybody wants to make a buck. I get it. But there’s no obligation on my part to go along with it.
There is no less honor to winning a non-televised Long Drive competition. Putt-Putt has been holding a championship since 1959, and those have not been on television for a long time. Is there a mandate I have a panic attack over that?
It’s time for housecleaning, time to get rid of the useless junk. No help will come from Golf Channel. They treat a children’s Drive, Pitch, and Putt with the same level of gravitas as the U.S. Open. There’s so much crap in golf’s room that the good stuff suffers. Toss out the garbage!