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Thank Golf It’s Friday – Volume 3

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a great golfer. Some would even say bad. But one thing I am decent at is avoiding bunkers. Now this is either because I somehow hit my second shot straight, or my tee shot sails over absolutely everything in what looks like an attempt to take a U-turn on the course. Regardless, I like to think I don’t have to use my sand wedge all that often. But when I do, it is an absolute nightmare. There’s a 75% chance I’m getting out of a bunker in 3 strokes because I’m too chickenshit to take a full swing in fear of sailing over the green and into another bunker.

So allow me to ask the question we’ve either pondered as kids or don’t feel like asking as adults: why the hell do we need sand traps?

As we know, this beautiful game came from our friends in Scotland and was developed on links land. The word “links” comes from the Old English word hlinc: “rising ground, ridge” referring to an area of coastal sand dunes and open parkland. Sand would blow across the course and small rivers would run through, hence hazards. While the sand would collect in naturally lower points of the land, so would sheep to take shelter from the cold Scottish breezes. The holes got bigger, became a pain to maintain, thus were filled with more sand.

While it makes sense for the first golf courses and those by the ocean to feature bunkers, the world following suit hundreds of years later is asinine. Sure, does it help stop balls from going into other fairways or overshooting greens? I guess, but it doesn’t change how stupid it is. It would be one thing if the bunkers were relatively shallow, but is this necessary???

Or this:

Tell me one good reason why we need sand traps looking like an overused Gillette Fusion ProGlide 12 razor. “It provides a challenge.” Golf is already challenging enough! The fact is, course designers who incorporate features like those above are simply sick in the mind. They love to see other struggle. It’s wrong and I won’t stand for it, dammit.

And to my point about the rest of the world following suit… does no one think it’s hilariously stupid that courses in the middle of the continental US have bunkers? Think about it: some guy in Nebraska has probably never stepped foot on the beach in his entire life, so his only experience in sand is on a golf course.

And don’t get me started on the rules. You can do whatever in a waste bunker, but in regular bunkers you can touch anything until you swing? Give me a break. You know what’s a real waste? Bunkers.

Listen, I’ll admit, this entire blog is out of spite. Bunkers make me angry. They make me sad. To simply put it, I don’t like sand.

So what’s there to do about it? Simple: take a Skillest lesson and overcome one of my many problems on the course. And in the meantime, check out our YouTube channel for some tips and analysis.

Until I get better, I’ll continue to complain like a child every time one of my balls falls victim to the hell pit that is a bunker.