The way back to old faithful

2010-03-03 00:00

WHEN a golfer first starts playing golf, he tries a number of putters until he finds one that he really likes. He could outlay a lot of money for the putter, and he will not mind that because it should be with him for the rest of his life.

He may on the other hand find one in a “bargain barrel” and pay very little for it and it may even be previously owned. He is pleased with his choice and he grows to really love it. Eventually though, as the years go by, the golfer has the odd “off-day” with the putter, he misses shortish putts that he knows he should have holed.

He is concerned about this and he considers trying another putter. The choice these days is huge and putters come in all sorts of shapes and lengths.

Each time he pays his green fees at the club pro-shop, he has to walk past the putters on display. He picks up one of them, gives it a waggle, trying to get a feel for the balance and weight. He likes it and takes it to the practice putting green. He holes most of the putts that he tries of varying distances. He makes a snap decision and buys it.

A new putter feels different, somehow it’s fresh and exciting and because of this he expects exciting results.

A couple of his mates have also bought new putters and traded in their old ones but most golfers do not part with “old faithful”, they keep it safely at home. He does the same.

So now, our golfer has a new putter and while he appears to be putting better with it in comparison to the old one, he is not entirely at ease with it, especially on those one-metre putts that have a slight break.

This new relationship is not expected to last long; the novelty will wear off, but it has served its purpose.

It has given our golfer a change and when he returns to “old faithful”, he will fall in love with it all over again because he is back in his comfort zone; he is more relaxed and confident on those awkward putts.

Last week’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held a 4 ball betterball on Saturday sponsored by PMB Meat and Seafood City. The winning pair on 46 points were B. Grayson and L. Naidoo. In second place were N. Xaba and D. Devon on 45 points.

Victoria Country Club also held a betterball competition on Saturday. The winners, on a count-out were C. Cordier and S. Mackenzie with 44 points and second were S. Walton and D. Airton.

From the 19th hole:

A golfer walks into the club bar and orders eight whiskies. He lines them up, downs the first, the third, the fifth, and finally the seventh.

“Excuse me,” says the barman as the golfer turns to leave. “You’ve left four of the whiskies.”

“Yes,” says the golfer. “My doctor told me not to drink too much, but it’s good for me to have the odd whisky.”

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