The answer is “because I said so.”
But I’m guessing you’re after more than that, so here we go. This week’s Callaway Preowned flash sale on hybrids and fairways appears to be just another nasty little plot to encourage me to give fairways another try. Been there, done that.
Every Spring, I say this is going to be the year I get over my mental block. And every year, I put fairways in my bag for one or two rounds… until the inevitable happens:
I take the club back to the top … my left hand spasms and clutches the wood in a death grip, and my usually smooth swing turns into something that is actually quite hard to describe — going in several different directions at once. The result is usually a ground ball to third base off the heel of the club. Now, I’m not the best golfer in the world but I’m not bad — currently a 5 — and I just can’t accept those kind of misses. Hooks or the occasional slice? No big deal, they’re part of the game. Chili dip a wedge? I don’t like it, but I get over it. But ground balls? They’re deal breakers.
Then I look across a fairway and see high handicappers ripping their fairway woods. A friend of mine was just telling me this morning about his new RBZ Stage 2 3-wood that has re-energized his game. My son John, who has Down Syndrome and plays very well despite his disability (more on him some other time) just rips his fairways long and straight with a pretty baby draw. Sometimes it seems to me that everybody in the world can hit a fairway wood well… except Ed-who-can’t-get-out-of-his-head.
But most days I’m okay with that. As I explained yesterday, I love my hybrids, I really do. And sometimes I’ll carry two drivers, one of them with 13* of loft for long par 3’s. But then along comes this BOGO from Callaway Preowned, which means I can experiment with a couple of new clubs that might not be so insidious… for ridiculously low prices.
If you have any advice that actually might help, I’m all ears. Just register and fire away.
About the author: Ed Abrams is the owner/operator of DealTrackerGolf.com and an admitted club ho who is convinced he’s one magic wand away from getting to scratch.