(Tomorrow I will write a few thoughts I have on the Masters and each day I will do the same on the previous day’s play. The posts will be going up before play starts that day.)
This is just another range story about how people are so busy educating themselves about perfect swing mechanics, they actually have no idea about the game itself.
A few years ago I saw a guy on the range with his buddy. They spouted every golf media and range cliche you can think of. You name it, they said it and worked on it…and there were lots of Golf Machine verbiage being thrown around as well.
I took a break to have lunch with a friend who worked at the course, then I went in the pro shop with him to hang out for a while longer.
In walks the swing expert and he says, “I just made a hole in one.”
My friend had the appropriate enthusiasm for this fellow, as did I. He told him he would get a souvenir flag, a report to local media and possibly some free golf equipment.
The range rat was getting wide eyed with excitement when my friend asked him what hole he made the ace on. He responded, “The red flag on the range.”
We looked at each other and didn’t know what to say. So I said, “But were you properly pronated at P4 with the maximum amount of lag?”
My friend had to go running out of the pro shop and this gent realized I was making fun of him and walked out.
I have told this story many times and to this day, it is a running joke among my friends and acquaintances, that every time we hit a really good shot that lands near a pin we say…
“I almost made a hole in one on the range.”