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Golf through The penalty when Sat go wrong theNavs Ages How many of us have naively followed our Sat Navs and ended up rumbling down a narrow lane or worse still, hit a dead end? In the early days of Sat Navs I drove a car full of golfers to a club I’d never previously visited. No problem, I thought, I’ll just tap in the post code and it’ll take me straight to the door. The journey started well with ‘Sat Nav man’ jabbering away, telling me to turn this way and that way but one of my fellow passengers was not It’s interesting to compare miserable out partner. consider it far more impressed with the newthetechnology, pointing sheThey always relied on a differences between someone starting important to have a good day out with mates good old fashioned map. In my innocence, I defended my new gadget, out playing golf and an experienced on a pleasant but forgiving course. confident thetwilight talkinggolfing mapyears. would come up trumps. How wrong I was, golfer in their because we ended up by the Green Keepers’ with absolutely no BeginnersShed can sometimes struggle with For are keen to playwas. as Embarrassingly, long carries and dog-legs duetotodouble clueinstance, wherenewbies the main entrance we had much possible so they’ll in any inexperience and misjudgement. Sadly, back golf andasask someone forplay directions. conditions. Whereas, older golfers are some elderly golfers also fail to cope with As a result of thisonto disappointing I went outlose thetheir nextmuscle day and reluctant to venture the course if theexperience, long carries as they weather’s looking a bitUK dodgy andmap are more power and distance. purchased a new road but interestingly within days, the lady than to while away timeinvested in the in a Sat Nav! whohappy swore by her map clubhouse until the clouds pass by. New golfers are pretty naïve when it comes Thankfully, the accuracy of satellite navigation has since but improved to course management they gradually greatly, so when I heard about a car ending up in the middle my golf When beginners initially enter competitions learn where to place the ball,of nevertheless, they realiseI was they need morehow lessons they tend to remain bullish and optimistic course, curious thisto could happen. improve their scores. The difference with even when they are in deep trouble. Allegedly, driveralready was developed blindly following directions fromknow her talking older golfers the is they’ve However, senior golfers precisely map, although knows shetowas to, orif they whatcan’t the techniques but goodness it’s just a question of where where placeheading the ball, even whether their hips, knees or shoulders will always reach it, ormain see it!drive They’re destination she’d punched in. Having driven up the to the cope challenge. experienced realistic know if club,with shethethen went completely off track, drivingand along theenough buggytopath they’ve just played a lousy shot it’s that winds around the clubhouse, before zooming off to the golf course Initially, as a beginner, it can be difficult probably unrecoverable and the chance of and onto a greenkeepers track! It’s unclear fact,remote. completely puzzling) trying to remember how many shots you’ve scoring (in is pretty what–happened but clearly she chugged on and on until reaching taken let’s face it, next multi-tasking is tricky when you’re hazard so focused striking Beginners soon understand a goodinto partthe of the water byonthe 2nd and hole where she plunged the vehicle tracking the ball. Interestingly, deep pond – clearly overit’sthenotred line! the pleasure of golf is about friendship but uncommon for elderly golfers to also it’s the senior golfer who appreciates the Now I’ve a number of term balls take ‘good a divefeel’ into thisofparticular ‘mislay’ the seen odd shot due to short factor the constantwater cracks hazard loss. and it’s highly likely the odd golf dipped its wheels memory withtrolley a bunchhas of fellow golfers, regardless they play. into the pond but who’d have thought ofa how ton dire of metal would end up When you’re fresh into golf, you’re keen to perched over the watery edge. sign up for any games, even if you don’t It just shows you that regardless of your age, Luckily wasentering, hurt and despite being Christmas have a clueno-one what you’re or who the benefits of golf areDay, hugethankfully for everyone. you’re Whereasaround the wiser,who oldercame to the rescue. I have no idea thereplaying were with. members golfer slogging if thechooses driver carefully ended toupavoid being late for any Christmas festivities but the over long courses, through soggy meadows Claire Kane incident would certainly have made an entertaining tale over©lunch. or having to climb cardiac hills with a Follow my tales on twitter@golfsnippets © Claire Kane

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