TELLING A GOLF TALE THAT'S ACTUALLY INTERESTING
▶ Here’s the outline of a first-person golf story. Read and learn.
Stan got bit by a snake during our golf trip in Limpopo. It was on the fourth hole at Mampoer Country Club. He snaps one into the bush and goes after it. Doesn’t even scream. He just runs back to the fairway, takes a drop and hits. The bites are pinholes. One of the snake’s broken fangs is sticking out of one of them. But Stan wants to finish the hole. Another guy in our fourball calls 10111. The paramedics meet us at the clubhouse – after we finish the round. Stan didn’t play anymore that trip, but he’s fine. Still has the fang and keeps it in his bag for good luck.
See what we did? The story was told backwards, punch line first, and kept in the present tense, as though it’s happening now. And blessedly, it was over in less than two minutes.