Readers Weigh in on Clichés


As promised, The Comebackers subject this week is clichs we hate and clichs we love to hate.
But first a word or two about the USGAs decision to group Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson together on Thursday and Friday of next weeks U.S. Open:
This will be great theater. I just hope a seismic roar from the gallery doesnt cause the fourth holes adjacent to the cliffs, overlooking the ocean to crumble and fall into the Pacific.
Now, without further ado:
Jack writes: This quote from David Feherty has become a clich around our club and I love it! In reference to a bad drive, way off line: A bloodhound couldn't find that ball if it was wrapped in bacon. My least favorite: He needs to take it one shot at a time. Well of course he does. The rules of golf don't permit hitting more than one shot at a time, not to mention the fact that it's anatomically impossible.
The Comebacker
I, too, love the bloodhound line from Feherty. But I dont consider it a clich since I hadnt heard it before now. As for one shot at a time ask T.C. Chen. He hit two shots at once and his infamous double hit cost him the 1985 U.S. Open.

Andre writes: I think Drive for show, Putt for dough is pretty overrated and misleading as a golf clich. True, great putting ranks at the very top of attributes for fine golf playing, in my opinion. But getting the ball in play off the tee has to rank second, or close to it, in order to complement good putting and improve scores. It's a good confidence builder, too; almost like making an important putt. I would rank the putter and the driver as the No. 1 and No. 2 most important clubs in the bag, in that order. I realize that theory may not apply to the pros, but to us mortals, I believe it sure does.
The Comebacker
Couldnt agree more. The guy who drives it 300 yards right down the middle on a 450-yard par-4 has basically turned the rest of the hole into a short par-3. The guy who hits it 260 in the rough on the same hole has turned it into a long par-3 with a bad lie and potential tree trouble. I say: Drive for dough and putt for dough.

Brknear writes: ' Check out the stewardess on that one. or They served peanuts on that flight didn't they? (for popped up balls) bikini waxed greens or he/she is in jail (Gary McCord) with that divot, perhaps you should take up farming? My personal favorite; you are still away.
The Comebacker
Or, as they say across the pond, He hasnt lost his turn.

Larry writes: The most abused word by golf announcers is any version of great shot. Definition of great: remarkable; exceptionally outstanding. So please tell me why announcers call so many average or very good shots great? The worst offenders are the LPGA female announcers, most notably Beth Daniel. The next time you are bored watching an LPGA telecast just count the numbers of times they use the word great.
The Comebacker
Great point.

Jim and Mary write: The one that I think is the worst is when I hear the clich Thats a makeable putt. They say that even when the putt is 60 feet away. I realize that they are pros and are much better putters than us hackers, but come on 60 feet?
The Comebacker
Jack Nicklaus, who has the greatest record of any player who ever lived, says he never stood over a putt he didnt think he could make.

Howard writes: My number two clich: somebody wholl say Thats one when your ball falls off the tee. Ive heard it so much that the phrase goes off in my head (annoyingly) even when Im playing alone. Number one clich: guys who yell Get in the hole! ' even when Tiger is teeing off on a par four. They all sound drunk, dont you think? Heres a news flash guys: Talking to the ball has no effect on ball flight! (Same news should be passed on to golfers who yell Sit!).
The Comebacker
Guys who talk to their golf ball while playing alone sound a little drunk to me.

Paul writes: I think Lanny Wadkins owns the rights to: Plenty of green to work with.
The Comebacker
Wadkins also owns the rights to a PGA Championships and a PLAYERS victory.

Bill writes: My two favorite clichs are: 1) 100% of short putts don't go in the hole. 2) Trees are 90% air; it's the 10% that gets ya. My least favorite clichs or observations: 1) You lifted your head. (No I didn't, I either lifted the club or did something poorly with my swing) 2) One shot at a time. (Ya think!?) 3) What an unlucky bounce. (No such thing).
The Comebacker
Mark McCumber once said he didnt see too many putts that went 5 feet past the hole go in, either.

Kenneth writes: How bout this one, 'To a Man......' what does that mean?..Arrrgh.
The Comebacker
To a man is better than its poor relation: You da man.

Scott writes: Keep your head down. ' Universally denounced as the worst advice in the golf swing. Prevents the shoulder turn and leads to a too-upright swing. Also keep your head steady (tell Annika or Jack that).
The Comebacker
Or Curtis Strange, or Scott Simpson, or David Duval or Lorena Ochoa.

Larry writes: The putt breaks right to left. Is there a right to right?
The Comebacker
Actually there is. But you have to be a very bad putter to do this. Think about it.

Jan writes: Here's one I hate...'He's playing within himself.' DUH???
The Comebacker
The toughest part of this column was taking it one clich at a time.

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