It's Better To Be Lucky Than Good
By mustang6560 on 4/3/13
John Garrity wrote an interesting article about the one thing every previous Masters champion possessed during their victory — Masters luck.
This is not mere opinion. This was the finding of scientists hired by Sports Illustrated. In 2002, they built a 10-foot-in-diameter scale model of Amen Corner and placed it in a wind tunnel that simulated Augusta's southerly April winds. The tests confirmed that the prevailing breeze followed different paths through the trees and swirled over the creek, disrupting the flight of balls already stunned by a wind shear 65 yards from the tee. They attributed the landing place of 12th-hole tee shots to "blind luck."

You distrust science? Plenty of anecdotal evidence makes the same point. You've got four-time Masters runner-up Tom Weiskopf, who in 1980 famously dunked five balls in the water on his way to a tournament-record 13. And there's PGA Tour veteran Scott Verplank, who birdied the hole all four rounds in 2003. You don't see the hand of a golf god in those results?
It was interesting to read that Phil Mickelson was aiming for the grandstand on the par-3 4th last year. Despite its appearance, his decision was calculated, however, it resulted in Masters luck's "disreputable cousin" — bad luck. His ball ricocheted off the grandstand into the forest, which led to a triple bogey and a T3 finish.

I guess my chemistry professor in college was right — it's better to be lucky than good.

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bducharm says:
While there is a certain amount of luck involved in everything we do, you must MAKE your own luck! Hitting good, solid golf shots will be rewarded more than not! If luck was the biggest factor, Nicklaus was the luckiest SOB ever known!!! Don't think so - he MADE his luck!
birdieXris says:
wasn't it Arnie who said "the more i practice, the luckier i get"
Torleif Sorenson says:
BX: I thought it was Lee Trevino.
mjaber says:
I do not distrust science, however, I do distrust "luck." Why? Because you can't count on it. Is there a certain amount of luck in getting it close on the 12th hole? Sure. The same can be said for any hole on any golf course, anywhere in the world. If you make the safe play, you're going to wind in pretty good shape, most of the time.
GBogey says:
Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.
- Bobby Jones
mustang6560 says:
GBogey: That's a great quote.
jasonfish11 says:
That quote was around a long time before Arnie or Lee.

Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."
Kurt the Knife says:
luck? probabilities? voodoo? mojo? juju?
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