Golfers are delusional – I am a golfer

By February 9, 2019Thought

12 years after playing #4 on the CHS varsity golf team as a senior, I’m starting to golf again. My dad was right when he told me way back when “when you’re older, you’re gonna be glad you golfed some when you were young”.

My clubs are the same 20 year old hand-me-down Callaway knock-offs my dad gave me 15 years ago. So, I’m in the market for some modern clubs that are fitted to my longer than average wrist-floor length.

Last fall I swung a set of Cleveland Launchers that Mike has. Wow, they’re easy. They fit into the “super forgiving”, “for beginners” category. Bottom line is they’re easy to hit and I hit them consistently. I could play some decent golf if I was consistent (couldn’t we all). Perfect!

Now – time to get some opinions.

I asked 2 different pros at Red Tail, my dad, a golfer friend, my father-in-law, and all of them said basically the the same thing.

“Yeah, sure, but those clubs are just never going to give you the ball control you get from a more traditional iron.”

“You’re never going to draw one around a tree with these.”

“These aren’t going to stop a ball and back it up on a green for you.”

Pardon my French but are you guys fucking crazy? Every single golfer I talked to pushed me away from the clubs that made it easy to hit the ball straight in favor of the possibility that someday I may have the skill required to want/need to bend a ball around a tree.

If I can hit it straight consistently, what the hell do I need to play a draw for?
They want me to trade enjoyable, decent golf… for the DELUSION that I will get good enough to consistently have the control needed to bend a shot.

If I’m in the fairway, what the hell do I need to bend it around?

The consistency of this thinking was initially shocking, but it makes sense.

Needless to say I ended up agreeing with them and getting the Ping i210, which is NOT in the “super forgiving” category. The opposite really. I’m just like the rest of them.


Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash