foozle vt foo-zled; foo-zling (1892): to manage or play awkwardly; a bungling golf stroke
Friday, February 8, 2008
Shouting At Your Golf Ball
Have you ever noticed that the better the golfer (or the better the golfer thinks he is) the more likely he is to shout at his golf ball while its in the air? "Get down!" or "Go!" are two of the more common things you'll hear shouted at someone's ball and I can't help but think that neither of them do any good except to prove to your playing partners that you're partially insane or completely delusional. The pros do it all the time, probably because they're control freaks and can't stand the imperfections of changing wind conditions and being between clubs. I think too many amateurs do it as a form of mimicry of their professional idols. How many times have you played with a 15-handicapper who hits his 8-iron 130 yards but pulls it out for a 150-yard shot, swings at it like an ape going after a fresh stack of bananas and then yells "go!" as soon as its airborne and heading straight for the ditch just short of the green? Crazy, indeed. Just hit the 6-iron, be quiet and enjoy two-putting for par.
I live in Minnesota with my wife and two daughters. I play golf to about a six handicap, as long as my putter is cooperating. When I'm not playing golf or hanging out with my wife and kids, I work at a brewery and dream about playing golf or being with my wife and kids.