Danielle Kang wants LPGA to ban green reading books

Danielle Kangbooks

LPGA star Danielle Kang might wear a hoody and joggers, but she’s an old school traditionalist at heart.

She wants the LPGA to ban green reading books.

Playing in this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship - where range finders are being used for the first time - Kang said she wasn’t aware that the PGA Tour were considering whether to ban green reading books. 

Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and new US Open champion Jon Rahm have all called for greens books to be outlawed.

“I'm kind of old school golfer,” she said. “So I don't even believe in greens books. I don't even carry one. I believe that green reading is a skill.”

• US Open hopeful four-putts from FIVE FEET

• Rahm produces epic US Open finish

She added that she didn’t think range finders would speed up play, citing the importance of a caddie to a player and that the skills of a caddie should be appreciated more.

“Range finders… I don't think they’re going to speed up play, just like I don't think putting with the pin in is speeding up play. It hasn't. I believe that caddies… work hard. I mean, some caddies are veteran caddies, they know how to get cover numbers, like being able to adjust, doing math is part of golf, adding and subtracting, sometimes making a mistake that you added instead of subtracted - that's just part of the game. It's part of life.”

She added: “If you take that out of play, I don't know, I guess there might be less mistakes, I don't know. I see it as a little bit of a downside for just taking a classic game away.”

Asked if she would like the LPGA to ban the books, Kang said it would be a positive move for the sport, which she says is about “feel”.

“Yeah, I would like to see that. It's a skill. You should be able to read them. Whether it's aim pointing, you should be able to feel. Golf is feel. But it's yardage books as well.

"I'm really extreme. I'm okay with having a tournament with no yardage books and no range finders and no yardages, so I don't know. Just eyeball the entire way, maybe."

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
DRIVING TIPS FROM A TOUR PRO | with Ewen Ferguson
Ewen Ferguson
play button
WATCH: A round of golf with Justin Thomas
Watch
play button
CAN A CLUB GOLFER COMPETE WITH A TOUR PRO?
David Law
play button
HOW TO WARM UP FOR A ROUND OF GOLF LIKE A TOUR PRO
David Law
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Olympics: Star duo ruled OUT of Tokyo Games
Pro launches scathing attack on PGA Tour
Collin Morikawa: “Representing USA is the biggest honour”
Rickie Fowler provides Tiger Woods rehab update
Scott Herald triumphs on Get Back To Golf Tour

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Increasing your shoulder turn
Callaway
play button
Don’t shift your weight off the ball
Watch
play button
Getting your ball position spot on
Watch
play button
Don’t de-loft your clubface
Watch
See all videos right arrow