I played a perfectly horrid round of golf last week. Thankfully the other three members of my team were hitting well and pulled our team score within just a few shots of the top of the leader board. We didn’t win anything, but we weren’t humiliated by ending up on the lowest rung.
My problem? My drives. I couldn’t hit the fairway no matter how I tried. And I tried. I hit left, I hit right, I popped it up, skimmed it low… it was a disaster. Finally on the 13th hole I switched to my 3-wood and bombed one right down the center of the fairway. (Why didn’t I put the driver in the bag earlier, you may ask? Ego! The only explanation. I was sure the next drive would fix me— and of course, I was wrong.)
After finally hitting the fairway using my 3-wood, I thought, “Ok, that problem’s solved, and chose my driver to tee off on the next hole. Do I have to tell you how deep into the right rough I went?
So the question is: is it me? or is it my #@$%! driver? Let me tell you about this golf club. I bought it at a demo day a couple of years ago. The pro at the event watched me hit and confirmed it was the “club for me!” – A King Cobra 12 degree. A big brute of a thing, with a distinctive “clunk” sound when you hit it right. When I use it at the driving range I always get a few stares. The “clunk” really echoes.
At first I thought the sound was distinctive. Now I find it’s just annoying. I’ve talked with Cobra salespeople about it. Turns out the engineers at Cobra thought the sound would become popular, like the “ping” of a great Ping putter when you hit the ball just right. They were wrong. So they’ve changed the design of the head in newer models and the “clunk” sound is kaput!-gone.
Let me be clear, I don’t hate the club, but I don’t have a lot of confidence when I use it. Is that the club’s fault? Or mine?
If you have a club in your bag that you never use, or think you can’t hit well… isn’t it time to get rid of it? Or is it time to learn to use it?
I need your help and any ideas would be welcome. Add them to the comment box below. And thanks in advance.