Should We Wear Helmets To Golf?
By Kickntrue on 10/18/10
A California man died from injuries sustained from being hit in the head with a golf ball, 9 days later.
The San Bernardino County coroner's office said on its website Sunday that 69-year-old Hiroshi Tango of Brea died at a hospital Saturday.

On Oct. 7, Tango was playing golf at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino when he was hit in the head by a ball.

The coroner says he complained of head and neck pain after he was hit and he was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he "succumbed to his injuries" on Saturday, nine days after he was struck by the stray ball.
There is nothing particularly funny about this, though I'm sure a cartoon or Adam Sandler movie could have us laugh over it. I'm sure all of us have been in a moment where being hit with a ball was merely feet or inches away. Even if you have been hit (since you're reading this) I'd imagine it takes a pretty unlucky shot for the injuries to be life-threatening, but still- we are playing a game that involves high-speed, rock-hard projectiles.

Thoughts and prayers to the Tango family on this most unfortunate of accidents. Remember- if you're ever struck by a golf ball- especially somewhere from the ribs and up- you may want to get things checked out. Obama will pay for it if need be.

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lcgolfer64 says:
Wow - that's a really sad and unfortunate for this poor man and his family.
I was on the course a couple of years ago and saw a man take a line shot to the knee from a thinned tee shot off a par. It just looked so painful than I'm sure i could imagine.
10/18/10
 
lcgolfer64 says:
[off a par 3]
10/18/10
 
SteveMM says:
There was a story in the latest Golf Digest written by a woman who was hit by a screaming drive. They took her to the hospital and determined that she suffered no permanent injury. However, after doing the MRI and CAT scan, they discovered a large tumor that could have killed her in a matter of weeks. It was an amazing story. The woman is doing just fine now, and the partner of hers who drove the ball that hit her sent the woman a trophy featuring the ball.
10/18/10
 
legitimatebeef says:
It depends on the course. At some places, a pith helmet is probably a good idea because there are so many yahoo's and half-wits who do not know what they are doing.
10/18/10
 
rmumph1 says:
I have been hit in the back of the leg by a putter head before but not a golf ball. The damage left me unable to walk for several days. This was at a putt-putt course and the guy swung as hard as he could (practicing) and did not see me next to him. I could only imagine if it was anywhere other than the back of my knee. This shows another reason why you should not hit into the group in front of you. You never know what could happen. Did the guy who hit the ball have any charges filed against him?
10/18/10
 
Banker85 says:
I have been hit in the leg with a shank (bad golf shot, not knife like weapon) leaves a nice welt/bruise for days and hurt when i walked. I was drunk as a snkunk at the time so it was funny! not so much the next morning. one douche i golfed with hit his ball trying to go back into the left fairway sliced right again and hit the guy in the shoulder while he was in the cart could have been really bad.
10/18/10
 
sepfeiff says:
I ALWAYS get out of the cart and stand on the opposite side when players are anywhere near me. I've been bombed pretty close on opposite fairways before but thankfully never hit.
10/18/10
 
DougE says:
I have been hit twice. Once in the back of the head as I was walking off the green. It was over 30 years ago. Someone pitched in from 120 yards out and hit me on the fly. Knocked me down, but not out. I finished the round, then went to the hospital and found out I had a concussion. That same shot would have killed me had it been to the temple area. The guys I was with chased the offender right off the course. He hadn't even yelled "fore."

Continued next post...
10/18/10
 
DougE says:
Just last year, I was hit again, but this time on the lower leg from an errant drive off the adjoining hole. This time, the guy yelled immediately when he hit it, I saw it coming my way, but thought I was out of the way, when all of a sudden it appeared coming down right at me. I had already acknowledged to the driver that I had seen it, but I guess I just lost its path until it had me in its sights. I tried to jump out of the way, but it just caught me enough to leave a big welt and some pain for a few days. That one was my fault. The guy who hit it did his best to warn me in plenty of time.

I also know a guy who was hit in the eye and lost his eye on the golf course. Wasn't with him when it happened so don't know all the details. The bottom line is, it's dangerous out there, especially on busy days. I try to be very aware of everyone around me who can reach me with a bad shot. Also, I prefer to play courses where there are few or no adjacent fairways which limits the odds some.
10/18/10
 
Backquak says:
I was hit right in the forehead. My partner was playing to go over or around a small tree, i was sitting in the cart behind and left of him, and he nailed the small tree dead center and it bounced toward me, while I was tipping a cold one back, I saw it coming and actually ducked into it, which was way better than getting nailed in the nose or throat. It didn't hurt much but it did leave a mark, I was hindu for a month. We laughed about it until we could compose ourselves and finished the round. My wife has always told me I'm hard-headed, I guess she's right.
10/18/10
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Sux.
Seen it before. Depressed skull fx, epidural hematoma. Though most were healthy enough to survive the incident. When it comes to brain injuries, ya never can tell. Gets complicated.
My advice, don't be a macho-nacho. If ya take one to the dome, a quick MD consult could prove to save ya.
10/18/10
 
askarzy says:
A line drive shank off the tee scimmed my head, person didn't yell fore, luckily my friend screamed duck, and I ducked in time.
10/18/10
 
TravisMiller says:
Never been hit on the course, but I had a friend hit one off the heel of his club into his own ankle. He then proceeded to tell his wife that it was swollen because I hit him with the cart.
10/18/10
 
siggy22 says:
I Hit my brother between the eyes in my backyard when I was like 6 (he needed stitches, but was alright); but haven't been hit myself XD
10/18/10
 
legitimatebeef says:
Backquak, I had a similar incident. My bonehead buddy was attempting a dumb shot way too close to a tree, while I stood about 10 yards behind him. I remember thinking as he took the club back "This is not a safe place to stand." It was too late at that point and of course he hits the tree flush, sending the ball right into my thigh. Luckily I was able to turn a bit before impact to avoid getting hit in the crotch.

Similar situation came up later, this time I didn't really feel at risk, but just to be safe ducked behind the cart and sure enough, he ricocheted it backwards again, right into the driver's seat. If I hadn't exercised caution that ball would've gone right into me as I sat there.

Some good comments and experiences here. We should learn from all these stories and do everything possible to prevent needless ball injuries!!!
10/18/10
 
jev says:
Auch. Now if this isn't enough reason to never, ever, hit a ball to the slow group in front of you or "return the favour" I don't know what is...
10/19/10
 
BME_Badger says:
Got hit once while standing even with a guy but across the fairway. He hit it off the toe and hit me in the inside of the leg barely missing man disaster.

The only other time I've been close was actually due to my HS golf coach. We were playing a 4 man + coach scramble event. He was going to go first to put it safely in the fairway so that we could all go for riskier shots. The four of us are standing 15 feet behind him ready to watch his shot. He hits it so thin that it pounds the ladies tee marker 10 yards in front of him and comes screaming back at us. The four of us hit the deck as the ball barely went over our heads, hits a tree behind us and ends up about 3 feet from the coach. Needless to say we didn't play his ball and we had quite a bit of fun at his expense the rest of the round.
10/19/10
 
accarson3 says:
A playing partner of mine nearly beaned our two other players...and they were in a cart 20 yards to the right of his swing...his shanked shot flew on a line into their cart, shattered a gas gauge and bounced into the basket behind them...3 inches to the right and we might be reading about the driver of the cart in this story.
10/19/10
 
Ed Men says:
Thats too sad...My heart goes out to the family...
Maybe there's a market for "steel lined" golf caps...
The equivalent to a "Steel toe" work boot...
10/19/10
 
KVSmith59 says:
My friend hit a tree in front of him, ball bounced back and hit him in the chin requiring stitches.

Back in the day of my vicious slice, on the first tee of the first round of the year, I hit one into the opposing fairway. An old man was walking down the fairway with my ball flying directly at him. Our foursome and another foursome waiting for us all started yelling. He didn't hear a word. Hit him in the sternum and knocked him back a few steps. Came walking at me screaming and yelling the whole way about not yelling fore. We all tried to explain that everyone had yelled but he was having none of that. As he turned away and headed back towards his own fairway, we all noticed he had a HUGE hearing aid. Must not have had it turned up or something......he was probably in his 70's or 80's and at that age peeps bruise easily. Poor guy probably had a bruise covering his entire chest. Still feel bad about that after all these years.
10/19/10
 
KVSmith59 says:
And finally, had a foursome of older folks that were hitting up on us hole after hole. My friend who has a bad temper finally had enough after one ball rolled between his legs. He teed the offenders ball up in the fairway and hit it back at them. They were ducking and diving on the tee box to avoid it. My friend almost got tossed off the course that day after they turned him into the marshall...
10/19/10
 
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