Easy shots can be a golfer’s downfall

2010-03-17 00:00

KEEP your concentration for what seems an easy shot. In theory, one of the easiest shots in golf is playing short of danger such as a water hazard or bunkers or the like — the layup as we call it.

The layup appears to be an easy shot because the target is the fairway. However, how often does a player intend laying up and either hits it too far into the hazard, or fluffs the shot and leaves him or herself a much longer shot to the green? According to the old golf guru, Harvey Penick, this occurs because it is an easy shot. There is no pressure because the target is huge and the player is relaxed. He or she is not thinking properly and simply doesn’t make good contact with the ball. There are also times when the ball is hit too hard and it ends up in the hazard.

The same applies when your ball is in the trees and you need to chip out sideways back onto the fairway. Many times the player will hit a tree or hit it too far across the fairway and into the rough on the other side. We have all done it, and after such a shot we say: “Concentrate, man”.

Do you remember Hale Irwin in the United States Open when he lost the title by one stroke? In one of the early rounds, he had a “fresh air” on the green when the ball was on the lip of the hole.

He nonchalantly walked up to the ball to tap it in and completely missed it while, unbelievably, he had both hands on the putter. There are no easy shots in golf, so don’t take anything for granted. Make sense? Of course it does. So beware when laying up, and concentrate to the same extent as when you are playing a shot to the green.


Last week’s results

Victoria Country Club held a combined Stableford on Saturday. The winners were R. Davis and K. Will on 73 points. In second place were captain P. Nickolas and M. Cajee on 72 points.

Maritzburg Golf Club had a betterball Stableford competition on Saturday sponsored by Scottsville Primary School. The winners were B. Redman and M. Wulfsohn with 46 points. In second place on a count-out were N. Duchan and G. Grant on 44 points.


From the 19th hole

A senior golfer walked into a jewellery store late one Friday afternoon with a beautiful young gal at his side.

He told the jeweller he was looking for a special ring for his new lady friend. The jeweller looked through his stock and brought out a R15 000 ring. The senior golfer said: “No, I’d like to see something more special.”

At that statement, the jeweller went to his special stock and brought another ring over. “Here’s a stunning ring at only R80 000,” the jeweller said.

The young lady’s eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled with excitement. The senior golfer seeing this said: “We’ll take it.”

The jeweller asked how payment would be made and the senior golfer stated: “By cheque, and I know you need to make sure my cheque is good, so I’ll write it out now, you can call the bank on Monday to verify the funds and I’ll pick the ring up on Monday afternoon.”

On Monday morning, the jeweller phoned the senior golfer.

“There’s no money in that account,” he said.

“I know,” said the senior golfer, “but let me tell you about my weekend!”

Not all seniors are senile.

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