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Stop fishing and get yourselves into the pro shop

Our Angry Club Golfer is back and he's set his sights on the golf ball retriever brigade
 

What is it about a discoloured distance ball that sends golfers mad?

The greenkeepers had cleaned out the reeds the previous day at my club and there was a quartet lined up by the pond pulling some rank looking objects out of the algae.

Their golf ball retrievers flicked to and fro like they were fly fishing as ball after ball came out and stacked up on the edge of the water.

No matter that it was a competition, and the course was packed, there was a battered Soft-whatever that needed rescuing.

Look, if I’ve dunked an expensive one into the drink you can be assured that, unless it involves some swimming, I am going to make at least a cursory effort to get it back.

What I’m not going to do, though, is try and find space in my bag for every other spherical object that has been sitting in there since the spring.

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I’m not that desperate to avoid forking out for a shiny new sleeve. But there’s a certain type of thrifty player who thrives on being a skinflint.

They’ll tell you how they’ve never bought a ball in their life, while flailing their way to another ton with something that wouldn’t regain its original colour if it was sat in bleach overnight.

If you’ve ever hit a ball that’s been immersed for any length of time you’ll know it’s like striking a rock – no good for your wrists or that precious clubface.

And once it turns that distinctive shade of dirty brown, that’s a sure-fire hint nothing good can come from putting it into play.

So rather than setting up the fishing line and putting down the deckchair for a day’s trawling, why not snare a catch in the shop instead?

The pro will thank you for it, and you’ll avoid the Angry Club Golfer dispensing the kind of splash you certainly won’t enjoy.

About Angry Club Golfer

Our club golfer plays more golf than anyone on the planet (stats unconfirmed) – which means there is plenty for him to get wound up about.

As we’re very nice here at National Club Golfer, we thought we would give him a platform on which to get it all off his chest.

You can follow Angry Club Golfer on Twitter. Let him know what makes you angry on the golf course.

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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