What shot thrills you most?

2013-09-20 00:00

IN a round of 18 holes, all golfers have the same objective. They are trying to play the golf course in the least number of strokes as possible and are measured against par. During a round they all play both good and bad shots.

The good shots produce smiles and satisfaction, and the bad shots create frustration and unhappiness. But what type of shot thrills you most on the golf course?

Well, if you have a high handicap and you are distance challenged, to hit a drive straight down the middle, much further than you have been for years, would be a real thrill, probably a drive to savour for a long time. If you are a golfer with a handicap in the mid-teens, a crisp seven iron to the green that takes one hop and stops abruptly next to the hole for a tap-in birdie would be the one to remember for quite a while. What about a low-handicap player holing out from a green-side bunker? In theory, this saves at least a couple of shots and of course he or she would be elated. Now we come to the pro golfer. What thrills him or her most? Is it a huge drive splitting the fairway? No. Hitting an iron close to the hole? No. Chipping in from a bunker? Remarkably, it’s still no. The answer is: the extra long putt that finds the hole pleases the professionals most, especially if it was a tricky double breaker. Even the cool, calm and collected players become excited with those very long ones. Of course, this is generalising and we are all different and react in our own way to a shot that is pleasing and unexpected. So perhaps this is what is meant by different strokes for different folks.

Strange things happen in golf. On Tuesday, at Howick Golf Club, the KZN Senior Golfers’ Society was playing an annual match against the Midlands Sages. Pelham Henwood and Morgan Holmes, playing for the KZN Seniors, both had holes-in-one at the same par three, the fifth hole.

It was Holmes’s fourth ace and Henwood’s second, although he had an 18-year gap between his two aces.

From the 19th hole:

Russell J. Larsen had inscribed on his headstone in Logan, Utah, that there are five rules for men to follow for a happy life, but he died not knowing that he would one day win the Coolest Headstone Contest.

Five rules for men to follow:

1. It’s important to have a woman who helps at home, cooks, cleans up and has a job.

2. It’s important to have a woman who makes you laugh.

3. It’s important to have a woman you can trust and doesn’t lie to you.

4. It’s important to have a woman who is good in the bedroom and likes to be with you.

5. It’s very important that these four women don’t know each other, or you could end up dead like me.

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