The course where I grew up had the driving range located by the end of the men's bar in the clubhouse. You could look out the windows, and be looking directly "down the line" of people using the range.
Now, I told in another thread of playing with Wedgy Winchester, who was the Long Drive champion back in the day, and in addition to being LD champ, he also was a trick shot artist. I learned a couple neat shots from him, and also developed a couple of my own, understanding his techniques.
Anyway....we had leagues 5 nights a week at our course, and in the middle of summer, it might stay light til almost 10 pm. So, when the leagues went out and came in, I would be doing the usual work, and then hit balls on the range until the last carts came in.
One of the shots I learned was hitting driver off a "high tee" - by this I mean something about 40" high. Think about taking a driver shaft, sticking it in the ground, put a tee in the butt end of the grip, and teeing a ball up on it. Sound easy....this is how I made a $1000.
I would be actually using a shorter shaft, but with one of the old plastic tubes that was used in golf bags to separate the clubs (altho, not very well, or good for the clubs). It was held in place above the grip with a pencil going horizontally thru the tube, and the golf ball sat on the top of the tube, with about 8" between the top of the grip and the ball. I'd be hitting an old wooden headed driver I had, swinging like a baseball swing, and hitting it about 230 with a nice little draw. Anyone watching out of the clubhouse bar or finishing their round and leaving the pro shop could see what I was doing.
After a couple of groups of league play came in, sooner or later a guy would come out and ask to try. I'd hit one out there about 230, and tell him, "no - you'll hurt yourself", and proceed to tee up another one, and hit it out there about 230.
The guy is watching, and finally says "come on, let me try it". So I tell him that I'll let him, but bet him $20 he won't hit it 20 yards. Obviously, he says "OK" because it looks so easy. So I tee one up, hand him the driver, and watch him swing - and hit the tube, about 6" under the ball. The ball drops down, with a small amount of backspin, and rolls about 3' behind where he started.
Now....all those people in his league are watching from the bar, and start tapping on the window with coins - "tap, tap, tap" - and you can see them laughing at him. He says "let me try that again"....
And, I reply with "ok, but it's double or nothing - $40. You understand?" He agrees, you can see he's emabarassed and a little hot under the collar. So, I tee up the ball again (the one that went backwards about 3') and once again tell him - at least 20 yards or it's $40.
He swings a little harder now, trying to hit that "home run" so, this time, when he hits about 6" under the ball, the sound of the driver neck hitting the tube is a big WHOOOOOMP, and the ball rolls backwards about 10'.
All the people in the bar are going nuts!!!! TAP TAP TAP TAP....you can hear them laughing, and the guy is really pissed. So, of course...what does he say????
Let me try that again.
Ok, I say...but, it's double or nothing again, so it will be $80 when you can't do it (which REALLY pisses him off)
He snatches the ball from me, and tees it up himself, like maybe I did something while I teed the ball up to make him miss it. And, right before he steps in to swing, I stop him, look him right in the eye, and tell him: "Look here....if I came to your house to play poker, and lost $80, you would certainly expect me to pay up, right? Well, before you play on the course again, you'll need to pay me the $80. You don't need to pay me in front of your friends, because you already look foolish enough, and I don't want to make you look any worse...but, you will pay me that $80 before you can play here again"......
Needless to say, this added fuel to an already heated situation. So...he has the ball teed up.....is getting ready to swing...when I step in once more and tell him: "At least 20 years FORWARD".
"i know - I know" he angrily says to me, with this menacing look in his eyes. So I say: "I'm not sure you know, because you seem to be hitting it further BACKWARDS"
Now that I have really pissed him off....he takes this mighty swing.....an even bigger WHOOOOMMMP fills the air, and the ball, when it lands about a foot behind the tee, rolls backwards almost 10'
The crowd watching him from the clubhouse bar goes absolutely nuts!!!!
Of course...he say "one more time". And I say: no....I don't want you to embarass yourself in front of your friends...but, I will expect that $80 by next week's league play".....
So....he goes stomping off into the clubhouse, and I resume my routine of hitting a couple of shots about 230 with a little draw.....until.....
Another guy comes out and says; "hey...can I try that?"
Because you know how much verbal abuse he got when he went inside....so, he woud say to them: 'if it's so easy....YOU go do it!"
I "hustled" 3 guys a night for $80 - -$240/night, for 4 nights in a row - that's $960 - (nobody wanted to try on the 5th league night, as I guess word got around).
Nobody ever hit the ball. I took that act on the road, and have made thousands of dollars with it, but...I usually but everyone drinks when it is all said and done.
Everyone said that I hustled them...but, I reminded each and every one of them that they ASKED to do this....
Finally, I would suggest that none of you reading this actually try this shot....at least, not without betting me $20 on whether or not you hit the ball at least 20 yards!!!
Edited by augustgolf, 15 October 2018 - 04:13 PM.