Anything That Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong...Especially On The Golf Course

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Posted by Dexter Francois | Posted in , , , | Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2012

I'm pretty much addicted to the game of golf. There is rarely a moment in the day when I'm not thinking about teeing it up. Even when I am at work and working with customers, I am practicing my swing. Luckily, for me, I work in an environment that allows for this sort of behavior.

While I may be a certified golfaholic, my golfing buddy, J.B. may be the biggest fan of the sport. We had mutual golfing friends on Facebook and once we realized that we live in the same area, if our schedules coincide, we are playing golf.

J.B., who hits the ball a country mile, is a resource for all things golf related. He always has the latest facts or the latest gadgets. When it comes to finding the best deals, he's you're man. When the local Phoenix golf courses and major retailers like Lamkin Golf Grips have a "pick the winner" contest, he has an uncanny gift, and has won on many an occasion. I'm not a gambler, but if he went with me to Vegas, I might be tempted to play a few hands of Blackjack.

While checking out my Facebook news feed, I noticed the following which J.B. had posted on his page. Murphy's Law states that "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong" and this is true in golf as well. I felt like this during one of my recent rounds. No matter what I did, my ball ended up in a bunker. Fairway and greenside. Needless to say, I spent my next practice session in the "dirt" as my wife calls it.

Here are some scenarios(observations) that I'm sure we have all been faced with. Let me know if some of these sound familiar to you or if you have any others to add to the list. I know I can think of a few more. Have a great round and always hit your target.

* A two-foot putt counts the same as a two-foot drive.

* The odds of hitting a duffed shot increase by the square of the number of people watching.

* Never wash your ball on the tee of a water hole.

* The stages of golf are Sudden Collapse, Radical Change, Complete Frustration, Slow Improvement, Brief Mastery, and Sudden Collapse.

* The only sure way to get a par is to leave a four-foot birdie putt two inches short of the hole.

* Don't play with anyone who would question a 7.

* If your driver is hot, your putter will be ice cold; if you can hit your irons, you will top your woods; if you are keeping your right elbow tucked in, your head will come up.

* Progress in golf consists of two steps forward and 26.6 miles backward.

* One good shank deserves another.

* It takes 17 holes to really get warmed up.

* One birdie is a hot streak.

* No matter how badly you are playing, it's always possible to play worse.

* Whatever you think you're doing wrong is the one thing you're doing right.

* Any change works for three holes.

* Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing.

* The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing.

* It's surprisingly easy to hole a 50-foot putt when you lie 10. 

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Comments (6)

  1. September 27, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    I, too, fell in love with the game of golf! It happened three years ago, when I first joined my husband whenever he would play. It’s always nice to play golf and crack jokes with him all day while in a country club. San Diego has some very nice golfing spots wherein the ambience is really great. You will be amazed at the state-of-the-art facilities that these country clubs have.

  2. October 3, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    I've never really considered that golf courses make them easier for holidaygoers to enjoy it. I think genuine courses for enthusiasts would be offended by the idea! Rest assured my local course (Belmont Lodge Hotel) DEFINITELY don't pull their punches on the difficult holes.

  3. November 7, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Excellently amazing and exciting too. Can you please mention me the source of your reference..

  4. November 7, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Hi, Good content throughout the site.great topic.

  5. December 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong"- I really like the sound of that. It's so challenging. It's a part of the game and that's what makes it so exciting -- the challenge. It's up to us players on how are we going to respond and our ability to adapt to every situation.


    Doug Dillenbeck

  6. January 20, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    This is really a useful information for the passionate guys of the clubs like Country Club San Diego who are always in search of this types of interesting golfing tips. Thanks for sharing this.