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Take a lesson from Houston

Charles Prokop

Golf snake oil is big business. Gadgets, gizmos and magic clubs change with the years, but the promise stays the same—invest a few dollars to see your score shrink as fast as your wallet.
Gadget-loving golfers can avoid spending big bucks and use common household items to save some green while finding more greens. Spray talcum powder on your clubface to see if you are hitting the sweet spot. Putt down a yardstick to groove square contact. A spoon tucked into the back of your glove can train proper wrist position at the top of the swing. The list is limited only by your creativity.
I recently saw a suggestion that might save money on training aids but not on medical bills. Loop a bungee cord around your lead arm, across your torso, and hook it to a back belt loop to learn how a connected swing feels. I’ve been too close to bungee cords springing loose and whipping around truck beds to give this aid my seal of approval.
Boerne’s Fritz Houston has been banging away at golf balls for many years, and from what I know of Fritz he is likely to have a skeptical opinion of magical cures. He knows easy fixes are seldom permanent, so he works on lowering his score through practice and frequent play. His system paid off at the last Good Old Boys tournament as Houston took first place with an impressive 8 points from a round of 83.
Yours truly, Charlie Prokop of Pipe Creek, followed Houston with a 5-point round of 77. Boerne’s Walter Stroman was third with 4 points from a 76. Flying L pro shop worker Joe Davis of San Antonio was next with an 86 worth 2 points, followed by Bandera’s J.T. Hooten with 1 point from a score of 90. Stroman and Vanderpool’s Ron Mercier won closest to the hole prizes.
The Flying L Ladies Golf Association followed the previous week’s most difficult nine tournament with an easiest nine match. Lisa Tanner followed her second place low gross finish of last week with a first place low gross score of 39. Penny Bateman was next with 41, followed by Betty Brister at 43. Kathy Koch mirrored Tanner’s week-to-week move from second to first with a low net score of 25. Janet Hooten took second with 32 and Jackie Rigsby was third with 33.
Sue Ann Jacoby won closest to the pin and Hooten won the contest for the fewest number of putts after a scorecard playoff over Jacoby. Brister scored a chip-in on the 9th hole and Marilyn Dawson, Jacoby, and Hooten recorded birdies.
Of course, golfers serious about lowering their score avoid the gadgets and take lessons from someone who knows something about the game. Flying L golf instructor Joe Arredondo recently showed why he might be worth your time by making a hole-in-one on the par-4 sixth hole at the Flying L. Aces on par-4 holes are so rare that only one has been made in a PGA tournament, and it rolled between one player’s legs and ricocheted off a player’s putter. Arredondo didn’t need a circus—he just needed his driver.