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By : Phil Raymond
“So, what do you play off?”
These 6 simple words immediately cause a rapid heartrate, sweaty palms and an ill feeling to the recipient’s stomach.
“Uh, about 20.” The reply comes almost apologetically. What follows is normally a mixture of awkward laughter and stuttering excuses.
It seems as soon as you step behind the counter in a Pro Shop, it is expected you must be off single figures or you’re a teaching pro.
Couple this conversation with the exchange of scorecards before the first tee and you have the recipe for the most nerve-racking swing known to man.
To quote the wise words of Marshall Mathers, your knees are weak, your arms are heavy and if you’re not careful, your mum’s famous spaghetti may make a cameo appearance.
You grip the club a little too tight, swing a little too hard and manage to somehow drill one down the middle. Your playing partners laugh and pat you on the back, “this guy is a bandit! Don’t tell me you get two shots on this hole!”
You smile and breathe a huge sigh of relief… maybe being a high handicapper isn’t so bad after all.
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