Attention Golfers: Cart Path Only Is A Thing Of The Past

David Frost // How To Invest


June 17  

Many members of MSF are golfers.  Even those that aren’t will appreciate what looks to be the beginning of the next generation of golf carts.

As you know, sometimes I indulge in topics that aren’t directly related to trading.  This is one of those times.

You know those dreaded wet and rainy days where the awful sign emerges from the pro shop – “CART PATH ONLY.”

Golfers understand, we’re still playing that day, but with much more difficulty and frustration than normal.

For those that play the game, you’ll appreciate this one.

For those that don’t, picture this.  You tee off on a long and wide par 5.  The cart path is on the left side of the fairway, and of course you hit your ball far and right.  Did I mention your playing partner hit the same shot?

You proceed down the cart path until you get about even with your golf balls.  Now you go around the back of the cart for club selection.  You figure it’s going to be one of two clubs, and as you look over in the direction of your ball which is about 75 yards away and decide it would be a good idea to bring them both.

After the slog through the wet fairway, you arrive at your ball only to notice there is a tree that will prevent you from hitting the intended shot.  Therefore, naturally you have the wrong club.

You sheepishly turn your head slowly to look back at the tee box hoping there’s nobody there.  No dice, there’s a foursome standing on the tee looking down the fairway with their hands on their hips, which is golf speak for “I can’t believe how slow these freakin’ guys are.”

All things taken into account, there is no chance of going back to the cart for a club change, so we convince ourselves there is only a small chance we’re going to hit the tree on our next shot, in fact, we’ll just hit the high fade to avoid the obstruction.  (Note: We don’t have a high fade but that’s not important right now)

Next scene shows, you take the shot, hit the tree and the ball goes farther right.  You bang your club down on the ground as if to say, “I can’t believe I hit the tree.”

You immediately look for your partner who may be able to come to the rescue with another club, but he’s already hit his second shot and began walking toward his ball, also on the right side of the fairway.

You have no choice to go back to the cart (75 yards) get in to drive up about 50 yards, get some clubs and begin the trek back through the soggy fairway, to what seems like the other side of town.

If you’re a golfer, you know the rest of the story.  If not, just know that the guys standing on the tee box with their hands on their hips will experience the same exact series of events either on this hole or another real soon.

At least this golfing nightmare will be solved along with many more with the type of technological advances to the golf cart.  You have to see this to realize, why didn’t I think of that?

Enjoy –

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Trading and investing in markets is second nature to some, but a mystery to others. The goal is to provide a forum where everyday people aspiring to be part time or full time traders will learn how view markets differently and profit beyond their wildest dreams.

David Frost