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I've never hit into a group knowing I could reach them - gotta admit I did do it accidentally once, and that's when I learned the distance capabilities of my new 3 wood.  My bad, and I apologized. The

Not at all. Why in the world would someone even consider hitting into the green when it's within reach and there are people on it. There is no way they can justify themselves, that was an ignorant thi

It should never happen, period.   Next time a ball whistles past your face, just weave on your feet for a moment then crumple to the turf in a heap. Don't move a muscle (though snoring really sells

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I'm in your corner on this one MBP. I've never hit into anyone a member of my group did once, I had never played with him and it was a bachelor party with people we knew in front of us so we apologized and moved on. My brother in-law almost killed me once. I let him hear about it but it's family we move on.

 

 

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A guy in my group almost got pounded walking off the green on a Par 5 yesterday. No fore, nothing. We looked up and it was a young kid just walking by himself. We went to the next hole and he walked by and didn't say anything. What a sucker.

 

 

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Different scenario, but I've been hit in the face before. When I was 13 my playing partner, who was 14, was teeing off on #12. I was getting something out of my bag still (which was about 15yds forward and 20yds to the left of the fairway direction).

 

I ducked down behind the bag and just peeked out as he tee'd off. He shanked it directly into my face. I went down like a sack of s%*t and my eye closed up pretty much immediately. I can attest that it is excruciatingly painful. There wasn't much blood so we decided to finish the round. When we got to the 18th green and Dad could see me he was less than impressed...

 

I ended up spending 5 and 1/2 hours in the Emergency Dept and had a cracked cheekbone as a result. The ER Doc said that if it had been a 1/2 inch higher I'd have lost my eye, or 1 inch to the left and it would have hit me in the temple and likely killed me.

 

Lesson learned: don't ever stand in front of someone teeing off - not even an inch in front and off to the side. I haven't since.

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Different scenario, but I've been hit in the face before. When I was 13 my playing partner, who was 14, was teeing off on #12. I was getting something out of my bag still (which was about 15yds forward and 20yds to the left of the fairway direction).

 

I ducked down behind the bag and just peeked out as he tee'd off. He shanked it directly into my face. I went down like a sack of s%*t and my eye closed up pretty much immediately. I can attest that it is excruciatingly painful. There wasn't much blood so we decided to finish the round. When we got to the 18th green and Dad could see me he was less than impressed...

 

I ended up spending 5 and 1/2 hours in the Emergency Dept and had a cracked cheekbone as a result. The ER Doc said that if it had been a 1/2 inch higher I'd have lost my eye, or 1 inch to the left and it would have hit me in the temple and likely killed me.

 

Lesson learned: don't ever stand in front of someone teeing off - not even an inch in front and off to the side. I haven't since.

 

I swear someone else in this thread said they just bounce off and it's no big deal. You must have really weak bones...

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No question that your reaction was justified. If you're hitting into groups you are just plain dumb and deserve the repercussions. I've hit into a group once in my life and it was a 360 yard hole and I somehow rolled one up on the green. I drove up apologizing and they hadn't really noticed but I still felt awful about it. Not justifying hitting into someone at all but flying a ball in is a whole other story, glad you didn't get hurt!

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I swear someone else in this thread said they just bounce off and it's no big deal. You must have really weak bones...

 

ha - then I'd say they have only been hit in a fleshy part of the body. There is absolutely no doubt that you could get seriously injured, if not fatally, if hit in the wrong place or from the wrong angle by a golf ball at speed. I think someone already cited a death in this thread as a result.

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I swear someone else in this thread said they just bounce off and it's no big deal. You must have really weak bones...

 

 

Don't care how tough you are, getting hit with a ball can be very, very dangerous....

 

http://www.golfdigest.com/story/getting-hit-smith-061999

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Don't care how tough you are, getting hit with a ball can be very, very dangerous....

 

http://www.golfdigest.com/story/getting-hit-smith-061999

 

Exactly I had a buddy get hit in the chest and it was bad. Never a good thing

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So we're on 16 yesterday, par-5, all our group are on the green around the front pin. 2 guys finished so they're standing nearby and I've just holed my putt. I picked my ball out of the hole, turn to walk to guys and mid step a ball passes in front of my face, literally 2 inches away and slams into the green. Seriously, I feel the wind, I hear the woosh and see the white flash. Everyone is stunned, I turn look down middle of fairway at the guys no more than 210-220 yards out and scream "f@ck". The guy who hit it then steps out from behind the right trees. I'm shaking, like half step more that hits me in the head.

 

My friend walks to the back of green and picks up the ball in anger and throws it in the bush. Maybe a bad decision sure, but in the heat of the moment it is what it is. He's pissed, we're all pissed, well actually me I think I'm in shock. I'm am shaking.

 

So we finish teeing off on 17 (don't know how I hit, still shaking) and this guy comes up and says sorry, but there's a tone to his voice that just comes off as I don't care--why'd you throw my ball in the bush.

 

I say OK, but now I'm pissed off and shocked and yes I had a tone in my voice and I say "you do realize that came inches from my head?" He says "that's​ why I said sorry, but you guys didn't have to act like 2 year olds and throw my ball in the bush."

 

I repeat, "you realize that ball passed inches from my head?"

 

He says "oh, but I'm sure you've almost hit someone once or you obviously haven't been playing long enough". What does that mean? Are you trying to justify what you just did? So if I play the game long enough I'll eventually hit into a group on the green?

 

"No!" I say. "What are you doing hitting with people on the green?? Because if I know I can cover the distance I wait, I'm not that stupid."

 

Buddy then says, "excuse me?!" And starts walking at me like he wants to fight. My friend who's a very well built ex hockey player steps in with the old 'everyone just walk away now', but this guy just keeps chirping.

 

We proceed down the hole and nothing else comes off this. I was rattled for the rest of 17, actually I think our whole group was.

 

So question to you all. Did, I overreact?

No. You did not. I would have definitely mentioned this to the staff in the shop as well. Even if it's a muni. Even if it's a swanky private place and you're a guest.

That entire episode was bull. Dude needs a serious attitude adjustment. What an f'n moron.

 

 

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So we're on 16 yesterday, par-5, all our group are on the green around the front pin. 2 guys finished so they're standing nearby and I've just holed my putt. I picked my ball out of the hole, turn to walk to guys and mid step a ball passes in front of my face, literally 2 inches away and slams into the green. Seriously, I feel the wind, I hear the woosh and see the white flash. Everyone is stunned, I turn look down middle of fairway at the guys no more than 210-220 yards out and scream "f@ck". The guy who hit it then steps out from behind the right trees. I'm shaking, like half step more that hits me in the head.

 

My friend walks to the back of green and picks up the ball in anger and throws it in the bush. Maybe a bad decision sure, but in the heat of the moment it is what it is. He's pissed, we're all pissed, well actually me I think I'm in shock. I'm am shaking.

 

So we finish teeing off on 17 (don't know how I hit, still shaking) and this guy comes up and says sorry, but there's a tone to his voice that just comes off as I don't care--why'd you throw my ball in the bush.

 

I say OK, but now I'm pissed off and shocked and yes I had a tone in my voice and I say "you do realize that came inches from my head?" He says "that's​ why I said sorry, but you guys didn't have to act like 2 year olds and throw my ball in the bush."

 

I repeat, "you realize that ball passed inches from my head?"

 

He says "oh, but I'm sure you've almost hit someone once or you obviously haven't been playing long enough". What does that mean? Are you trying to justify what you just did? So if I play the game long enough I'll eventually hit into a group on the green?

 

"No!" I say. "What are you doing hitting with people on the green?? Because if I know I can cover the distance I wait, I'm not that stupid."

 

Buddy then says, "excuse me?!" And starts walking at me like he wants to fight. My friend who's a very well built ex hockey player steps in with the old 'everyone just walk away now', but this guy just keeps chirping.

 

We proceed down the hole and nothing else comes off this. I was rattled for the rest of 17, actually I think our whole group was.

 

So question to you all. Did, I overreact?

I saw a scary fight over that very thing, almost a murder. When the police come and you're waiting for your hotheaded friend in the ER, who's right doesn't seem so important.

 

 

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Hmm... This might have to be the next MGS test.. Launching a golf ball with a known velocity and distance at various objects to see the effects the impact can have... Kinda like the old Gallagher bits with the oversized mallet and watermelon.

 

But seriously, people don't realize how dangerous golf balls can be when hit with a driver or iron, that and tossed clubs ;)

 

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Last week my brother and I were having an excellent round at Torrey with two gents from the U.K. While on the green, a  ball strikes the green just paces away from us. Someone from the group behind us hit onto our green from 110 yards out! We were clearly visible. The course was a bit backed up, but we weren't slowing anyone down. Our new playing partners taught the offenders new vocabulary for the course. I've never heard "wanker" used in so many different combinations. The group never apologized but they backed off quite a bit. Makes you wonder how that is handled over there. 

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I hit a 4i onto a green once (from about 220 yards)... I was actually trying to lay up for the chip... who knew, it made it to the green with people putting... luckily, it didn't hit anybody and it was a friend of mine ahead... so all I had to do was buy him lunch and beers...

 

But seriously, never again...

I'll play with a helmet from now on...

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I don't think you overreacted either. I get that mistakes happen every now and then...but atleast gave the decency to yell fore or apologize. Golf, at the end of the day, is a game. Doing something that could seriously injure someone, even though accidental, should still warrant an apology and the person should take ownership of their actions.

 

I'm not a long hitter, but even if there is a slim chance I can hit it to where a group is, I wait. Even if there's a backup behind me. Usually ends up with me chunking it 5 feet in front of me, but better to be safe than sorry.

 

Stories like this make me nervous about taking my girls to the course when they're a little older....

 

 

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In backing up what everyone else is saying...NO...no overreacting there at all!! I guess it's true common sense isn't so common anymore. I mean have the common decency to wait till you know for sure there is no chance of hitting someone before you pull the trigger!! You did what most normal people would have done!!

 

 

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It's a pretty stunning story really. I've played tons of golf and been involved in both sides of this equation. As others have suggested they normally end with the offender making a contrite apology and the offended party acknowledging it to some degree. It's always seemed an unspoken rule that upon a second offense in a round or in a ridiculously obvious first offense the offenders ball shall be forfeit.

 

If it was clear that the guy saw you and still hit into you from 200 it's borderline criminal. My apology in his shoes would have been a swift and stunned I never saw you or didn't think I could reach. It seems like that would be any rationale person's response which leads to the next part of this reply. To me it's not worth it. If the guy is going to be a jerk I'd disengage in a heartbeat. These days you never know if someone is packing a gun. It's just not worth it.

 

 

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I have had balls land within 10 yards of me seven times.... this year already.  Two of those did not come from the driving range, and they heard about it!!

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You did not over react at all.  I got hit in the back of the head once by a duck hook, it was all I could do to get turned.  Obviously the guy was not trying to hit into us. 

 

But in your case I would have lost it.  I know at our club most of the guys at 220 (even if they cant hit it 220) will wait on the off chance they catch one and it gets to you.  I would bet the guy knew he could hit it that far and was just being an ass.  As far as his ball, it would have gone into my bag.  Dude it went over the green no clue where it ended up, too shocked from almost getting smoked.

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