Golf looks so simple, doesn’t it? The player starts each hole by putting the ball up on a little peg so it’s easy to hit and ends by gently tapping the ball into a hole more than twice as big as the ball. How hard is that?
It's looks even easier on TV. Most of the players look like they never break a sweat and dress like it’s casual Friday at the office.
But golf does make you sweat—-I know.
In between that level, manicured tee and the smooth, carpeted green are nasty surprises like rough grass up over your ankles and moats brimming with water and pits full of sand deeper than the Grand Canyon. You don’t see players hit from those places very often on TV. Most of the coverage is devoted to drives and putts—-swings most average golfers know how to make even if they don’t do it right all the time.
It’s the tricky shots in between where most of us need help. The pros didn’t have a bit of trouble hitting the hardest shots in the game. I guess if you know what you’re doing, it’s easy. Come to think of it, they didn’t break a sweat, either.
Dave Donelson, author of Heart of Diamonds a romantic thriller about blood diamonds in the Congo