Worth a shout

Golf Monthly - - Your View -

As an avid player and watcher of our game, I shud­der at the seem­ing re­luc­tance of the pro golfer to warn spec­ta­tors of way­ward golf balls. They seem to think that an out­stretched arm is enough to in­di­cate a ball is head­ing to­wards the crowd. If you have ever been struck by the lit­tle white pro­jec­tile you will know how much it hurts – and that is at am­a­teur ball speeds.

It would seem that the crowd are seen by the new breed of pro­fes­sion­als as col­lat­eral dam­age, and with so much money at stake, they are pre­pared to have a ball stopped from go­ing out of bounds at any cost.

Re­cently, dur­ing an Amer­i­can tour­na­ment, I watched a ball sail into an un­sus­pect­ing throng and miss the head of a tod­dler by less than 12 inches. Know­ing the ball is head­ing your way does not guar­an­tee you will not be struck, but at least it gives you a chance.

Padraig Har­ring­ton: a class act

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