My Game (Golf 4)
By ice rivers
I'm going to step away from the history of golf, like a pro who hears a fart in the gallery.
I'll tell you about MY game. Since it's my game, it's my rules. This is why I prefer to play alone.
When I do play with someone else, the game is best ball. My partner and I are playing against the course by co-operating with one another.
Here's how it goes; my partner drives.
His drive is straight and true and right down the middle.
I hit my drive straight into the woods.
Together we go look for my ball.
We find it and we head to his ball.
We take our second shots.
His shot lands in the trap.
My shot lands on the green.
We retrieve his ball from the sand.
We putt from my ball on the green.
My approach putt is short. He knocks his putt in.
We have a birdie...The hole was a par four and we took three strokes to get it in.
We're pulling for each other on every shot.
When I play alone, I start out with a mulligan.
That means sometime during the round, I won't count a shot that I hit. That non-shot is called a mulligan.
I only allow two putts of the first green.
I'm not warmed up yet s0...two's the limit.
When I hit the ball into a trap, I just pick the ball up and underhand it out of the trap.
If I hit the ball into the water, I go to the place where my ball hit the water and I hit it from there.
Every horrible shot I hit, I find solace in the reality that no matter how bizarre the shot...I've definitely hit worse.
If the ball gets lost in the woods, I play as if it went into the water.
I never forget that I'm here to relax and now here to recover.
I usually have my camera with me and I take pictures.
I keep score in my head. If I score five on each hole that's 45 as I only play nine holes at a time.
45 is pretty good.
That night as I go to sleep, I replay all of the forty five shots in my head which usually puts me to sleep.
Sometimes, I'm out on the course all by myself with no one else in sight.
At those moments, baby I'm a rich man.