Are you LOSing shots around the green? Then read on…

Posted on 22. Mar, 2012 by in Wisdom

This is a public service announcement.

An epidemic stalks the fairways of the world.

Golfers everywhere are falling victim to an horrific disease.

A disease which causes untold heartache and distress. A disease which can lead to broken putters and can even lead to the premature death of the scorecard and an aborted round.

There can be many symptoms. Every golfer is different, but most complain of  skulled shots, chilli-dipped chips or fat flops. Sometimes all three and more can occur on the same hole.

The worst thing?Most golfers with this disease don’t think they have a problem.

A non-golfer can’t even begin to comprehend the horror.

Affected golfers just can’t see they have a problem. Explanation only makes it worse; it can lead to further frustration, and even injury to the observer.

If you find yourself in this situation, you should not ask the golfer “but why don’t you just stop doing it?” 

Failure to heed this advice could result in actual bodily harm, regardless of how “nice” the golfer is under normal circumstances.

The cure might rely on the golfer’s own actions, but experts advise caution when you approach this sensitive subject.

But what’s really going on?

Are these difficulties are related, or are they just a spate of tragic coincidences, as many golfers claim?

Today, this site is able to reveal the truth.

This is no coincidence.

Many poor shots around the green can be put down to one syndrome…and it’s caused by a club.

It’s Lob-wedge Overuse Syndrome…and it could be costing you strokes every time you play.

Lob-wedge Overuse Syndrome (or LOS) is a tragic condition. Golfers with LOS have delusional beliefs; not only do they fail to understand their lob-wedge is costing them strokes, they believe using it improves their game.

Affecting both male and female golfers, its origins are shrouded in mystery. Professional golf, particularly when televised, must shoulder the bulk of the burden.

A teaching professional, who didn’t want to be named, explains: “it’s insane. They see tour pros on TV playing spectacular shots with these clubs, with the ball sometimes spinning back 20 feet or more from where it landed.  Some amateurs get hypnotised by this spin, and it consumes their every waking thought. Everything else is abandoned, as they desperately try to replicate the pro’s shots.

“Sadly, they’re doomed to failure, despite being allowed to keep their spin-producing grooves. They just don’t have the swing speed; this is the main reason tour pro’s get so much spin

“The real tragedy?

Most of them come up short 90% of the time…so if they managed to spin the ball, they’d be farther from the hole”

So how do we cure this disease? What hope is there for the afflicted golfer?

Our anonymous pro explains:

“It’s the strangest thing. The cure is simple – all golfers have to do is stop using their lob-wedge around the green. But they never do – it’s almost like they don’t feel they’ll be “proper” golfers without it.

“What they don’t realise is I can’t spin the ball like the Tour pro’s do…so what chance do they have?”

He had the following words of advice for the playing partners of afflicted golfers:

“Friends don’t let friends waste shots with Lob-wedges.

“Be gentle, but unequivocal. If one or more of your playing partners suffers from LOS (Lob-wedge Overuse Syndrome), let them know. Explain the lob-wedge should only be used when you’re short-sided, and a chip is out of the question.

“Just don’t be surprised if they say you’re suffering from it, too”

And if you’re told you have LOS, but you don’t believe it?

“Get a second opinion, or complete this easy test. Set up around a practice green, where you would normally use a lob-wedge.

Avoid true lob-wedge scenarios, like chipping over a bunker. Hit 11 balls to your chosen pin. Then take away the 5 balls closets to the pin, followed by the five furthest balls. What you’re left with is the average, the “arithmetic mean”. Mark this, and go back to the spot you played from.

“Now repeat the test with your pitching-wedge. If you’re significantly closer with the lower-lofted club, then I’m sorry to say you have LOS.

“Fortunately, this test cures 97.4% of cases.”

So there you have it: LOS is a terrible affliction, with many golfers affected. Most of these golfers don’t realise they have a problem; this is tragic as the disease is easily treated.

If in doubt, do the test described above. And don’t forget to leave a comment to let us know how you got on!

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