About a week ago, I was playing golf with a senior scramble group. I am not a very good golfer, but with a scramble sometimes it’s not too noticeable. The teams are drawn by getting an ‘A’-class golfer to draw a team made up of himself and the three lower classes (B, C and D).
The team I was assigned to had the top, or close-to-the-top, player in the group as our team leader. He is frequently on the winning team.
On the first hole, our team leader hit a great drive and, this being a scramble, we all played from his ball’s location. After the rest of us had hit, he got up, made a bad hit and unbelievably threw his golf club 40 or 50 feet. On another hole, he made another bad shot with his putter and beat up the green as if it was the green’s fault. On several other holes, he cussed out the course because he had made a bad shot. This behavior was embarrassing to those of us witnessing it.
This guy forgot that golf, like skeet shooting, is a game and supposed to be fun. Yes, it’s competitive, but as I’ve heard many times, “judge a shooter by how he misses a target, not by how he hits the target.” This should always be the case in any; if you make a mistake, accept it as your mistake and try not to repeat it. Don’t throw shells, and don’t throw a tantrum. Poor behavior sets a very bad example for new shooters of any age.
Barry Hartmann is an NSSA Master Level and NRA Certified shotgun instructor who can help you improve your skills at American Skeet and wingshooting. To contact Barry, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at (918)803-2393.