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Golf Australia Express : Issue 32
SHOW ME A person with a golf swing and I look upon One Who Knows Frustration. It’s hard not to smile just thinking about the many and varied locations and provocations for absurd outbreaks of ill- constrained temper. But a temper is a funny thing. Masters of golf may well be those who rein in the frustrated wave that breaks as a shot is skewed from intended target. But for many, the constant onslaught of plans led astray by a hook that keeps turning into the trees becomes too much to bear. When the rusty wire that holds the cork keeping the anger in gives way, our reactions show much about our true selves. It is an unguarded moment that betrays our sense of respect for the game we play and the course we share with each other. Such broad concepts draw thick lines of blurred distinction, more grey than defined, when asking “what’s right?” as a partner throws their club or buries a putter head deep into the green. More often than not, such discretions of taste are seen as a ghost—a lasting image of fury that loads its burden upon everyone who passes great gash in pristine green. Such a thing is clearly a disgrace. An abomination. THE WAY WE DEAL WITH DISAPPOINTMENT SHOWS MUCH ABOUT OUR APPROACH TO THE GAME, WRITES WILL HONE. THE TEMPER TRAP with Will Hone IN HONING But where to draw the line? Is throwing a club the same as slamming a putter into a green? Surely not. Does that make throwing a club acceptable because it is not the worst thing you could do? Surely not. But what of slamming a driver into the tee, or swearing (even under your breath) as yet another putt slips past the cup by half an inch? Such lines cannot be drawn by rules and regulations—there is no way to define good taste. It's something we know and hold—something that is ours. We know how golf should be played, and it is up to us to maintain the sanctity of our game. We all—as individuals—are responsible for what our game is, and what it will become. Itisagameofjoyand beauty, of challenge and victory and defeat. The course is, by its very nature, an incredibly frustrating place, and if we didn’t want to be there, we wouldn’t be. While there is great humour in the discovery of frustration and the mastery of control, such a journey must be taken with respect for those who come after those who come before. OTG Is throwing a club the same as slamming a putter into a green?