Inside Golf : Inside Golf February 2015
the 19th hole 74 February 2015 | www.insidegolf.com.au In fear of the optimistic golfer It’s a refreshing thing to hear optimism on the golf course. Many of us weekend hackers are so focussed on the shot that finished in the water, the duffed chip and the missed putts that we forget about the good shots we played. Never mind the double-bogey, what about that great recovery shot to get you back on the fairway? Or the chip shot that almost went in the hole? And that last putt...that went in, didn’t it? But there is a particular breed of golfer who thrives on being optimistic when watching other golfers’ shots. And optimistic remarks are often made when optimism is the furthest thing from your mind. It usually goes something like this. You tee up your golf ball and hit an average shot. It’s not a great shot. It’s not even a good shot. Not even close. And although it starts out in the right direction, you dropped-kicked it, it has come off the face all wrong and you know it will end up slicing towards the trees no matter what direction you’ve started it moving. But for the optimistic golfer, those milliseconds are all he needs for him to assume it’s a good shot. In fact, the superhuman abilities the optimistic playing partner allows him to (wrongly) perceive that it’s not just a good shot - but a great shot. And he’s not shy to say so. “Great shot!” What? Really? Was he watching the same shot you just hit? the ball arcs across half the width of the fairway, bounces into the rough and careens into the bushes on the right. It irks you that the shot was so poor, but it gets your blood boiling to hear that someone thought it was great. Of course, they’re only being nice. And many of these golfers would love to have your golf swing or send the ball such a distance. sometimes they’re just keen to give you a little confidence boost but they’re often just a little too quick off the mark in predicting how well you’ve just hit your golf ball. It’s a little like the weekend hacker version of “Get in the hole!”, only slightly less annoying. And no one in their right mind would expect one of your balls to actually ever “get in the hole” just as soon as you’ve sent it on its way. there are cases though where the early “Good shot!” call looks like the right one, before the golf ball seems to take on a mind of its own and head toward trouble. Only a few weeks ago a playing partner smacked his tee shot down the middle, a fellow golfer remarked “Good shot!”. And we all agreed. But as the ball reached the peak of its trajectory, the deceptively strong winds escorted it towards the group on the next tee. “Fore!”, we all yelled before it landed safely a good 20 metres in front of the cowering golfers head. In the space of three seconds, the golf ball had gone from being a “Good shot!” to one in which the phrase “Fore!” was barked. How fickle this game can be and how quickly things can turn for the worse. Perhaps these optimistic golfers have it right all along. Very few golf shots are in any sort of trouble within a few hundred milliseconds of leaving the club face and very few of us have any real idea of where it will end up. It’s in this few milliseconds we should really be proud of our golf shots. Give it a quick “Good shot!” - while it still applies. • The quick nine quiz with David Newber y email@example.com THERE are 20 stableford points up for grabs on the front nine. How many can you get? (1). Rachel hetheRington; (2). DR haskell; (3). kiRsten kutneR; (4). John senDen; (5). Yes; (6). seven; (7). $150,000 to pose nuDe foR plaYboY; (8). tempoRaRY wateR on the couRse; (9). west austRalia. 1. Which former champion female golfer came out of retirement to play in the Women’s Australian Open and the RACV Ladies Masters? (2 pts) 2. In 1902, a Us dentist invented the prototype for the modern golf ball. Was he Dr Haskell, Dr Dunlop, Dr Wilson or Dr Dimple? (3 pts) 3. Whom did Greg Norman marry in 2010? Clue: Her initials are KK. (3 pts) 4. Can you solve the anagram – Hen ends Jon. Clue: He’s Australian. (2 pts) 5. A moveable artificial object lying out of bounds interferes with a player’s stance. May the player remove it? (1 pt) 6. How many playoff holes were needed to decide the 2014 Australian PGA Championship won by Greg Chalmers? (2 pts) 7. What offer did Jan stephenson turn down after winning the Us LPGA Championship in 1982? (3 pts) 8. Can you explain what casual water is? (1 pt) 9. In which Australian state will you find Boyup Brook Golf Club? (3 pts) Michael Green @AussieGolfer Enjoy 9 holes on arrival and 18 holes the following day. Stay onsite at Fairways Resort and dine at the View Restaurant. We can cater for social groups, enquire today.
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