A young man who was also an 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
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
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
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, directly between the ball and the
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
The old man offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your
age that pine tree was only 3 feet tall."