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Golf Australia Express : Issue 5
BIG Q THE WHAT GETS YOUR BLOOD BOILING? Golf can bring out the best—and worst—in us all. Which of the following peeve you the most when all you want is to enjoy an peaceful round? HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE STATE OF THE GAME... WINNERS Winning is fun. But wanting to win shouldn’t come at the cost of behaving without a winning manner. But for some over-competitive souls winning is everything. It brings out the worst in them—even our dearest friends aren’t immune to this disease. You know the type. They’re all in your face at any opportunity and always moving about when it’s your turn to play. They’re always trying to put you off your game. That’s of course when things are going their way. But turn it around on them and, well, watch them turn, too. An ugly sight indeed. WAGER EVADERS It’s odds on that some kind of wager is staked on the outcome of most golf games. Making a bet is the easy bit. For the losers though, paying up is a problem—just ask Judge Smails. There’s one renowned wager evader at every club—and we’re not talking big bucks here. In most cases the ante is moderate—a Tatts ticket or a round of drinks after the game. But it’s not the value of the bet but the principle that counts. Pay up you tightwads! And besides, we all know a beer tastes better when someone else has paid for it. WHINGERS Golf’s great isn’t it? Picture this: Blue skies above you and not a breath of wind in the air. Immaculate course conditions under foot and the outlook of Mother Nature’s finest work to help clear the mind. It’s a peaceful setting, tranquil and inspiring. Well, to most of us anyway. To others it’s a place to have a fair dinkum whinge. You know the type. The frown upon the face, the body language suggesting the world’s about to end—they’re real killjoys. The golf course should be a whinger-free zone. And yes, we see the irony in complaining about whingers, so don’t bother pointing it out to us. WAITING Standing around is literally painful—just ask any shop assistant. There’s not a lot to be gained by waiting on the tee or fairway to take your shot. How many times have you stood in the eye diddle diddle after a cracking drive, within reach of the green with your second only to wait and wait and wait on the group ahead? If you have then you know what follows. That’s right, a flubbed shot, a few expletives and a spoilt round. It’s important to take in the surrounds and enjoy your company. But keep it moving, please!