Throughout high school and into my early years as an Assistant Professional I think I had a pretty upbeat sense of humor. I played some unbelievable practical jokes at great cost of time, ingenuity and sometimes money.
Once, I found a toilet on the side of the highway.
I stopped, picked it up, painted in fluorescent orange, climbed onto the roof of a building where a guy I didn’t like was working. I put the toilet onto the chimney and turned the large parking lot spotlight on it.
At night you could see it for about a mile – just for the fun of it.
So I don’t think I’m a sombre or staid.
However, I am having trouble seeing humour in some of the antics conjured up, relating to golf these days.
For example, on David Feherty’s show, John Daly hit a driver shot off a tee held between Feherty’s teeth while Feherty was lying on the ground. You can watch that here.
Sure, it worked out but what if it didn’t?
Daly swings a driver at high speed. What if a sudden noise startled either one, or the club hit David in the face? Also, what if a young person saw that and tried to emulates it?
Sure enough the other day, on the Grill Room on the Golf Channel, they were listing the Top Trick Shots of 2014.
Wouldn’t you know it the No. 3 top trick was a three-year-old boy hitting a driver shot off a tee held by his father in his teeth, while lying on the ground?
What if the three-year-old loses control of the club? What if he tries it with one of his friends? Even at three years old, the clubhead would do significant damage if it struck the father.
The No. 1 top trick was a full-grown man performing the same trick, only the tee was placed in the fly of a buddy lying on the ground.
You can watch that video here.
In the 1950’s a famous trick shot artist and world class touring professional named Joe Kirkwood performed a similar trick and received very severe criticism from Ben Hogan.
Hogan, who had some control over his golf swing reasoned that it was foolish to jeopardize a person’s life and/or safety for a gag.
Recently, I received an e-mail showing Natalie Gulbis practicing.
When she saw somebody sleeping in the stands, she decided to hit a ball at him from about 55 yards. She hit him with the ball.So what if it hits him in an eye or an ear or his temple. Why even risk an injury?
You can watch that here.
One of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen is Chesson Hadley going cliff-jumping in Maui with Bubba Watson last month.
Here is a guy who makes his living using his body risking serious permanent injury for a joke.
He should watch a program I saw in which a teenaged girl jumped off a rock from a height of 10 feet into a pool, feet first (just like Hadley).
The girl, who was vacationing on a tropical island, needed to be rescued and almost drowned and the hospital wasn’t geared to treat such a severe injury. In fact, she suffered a compression fracture in her spine and will be lucky to walk again.
Some people see humor in such things, but I guess I’m too old.
For what it’s worth, I agree with the decision concerning players tossing sought-after items into a crowd of highly-energized patrons at the Phoenix Open.
It’s disaster waiting to happen.