A young man who was
avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He
figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes
before he had to head home.
Just as he was about to tee off
an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he
could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able
to say no, he allowed the old gent to join him.
To his surprise the old man
played fairly quickly. He didn't hit the ball far, but plodded
along consistently and didn't waste much time. Finally, they reached
the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot.
There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball and it was
directly between his ball and the green.
After several minutes of
debating how to hit the shot the old man finally said, "You
know, when I was your age I'd hit the ball right over that tree."
With that challenge placed
before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right
smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground
not a foot from where it had originally laid.
The old man offered one more
comment, "Of course, when I
was your age that pine tree was only 3 feet tall."
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