I’m not much of a golfer, as any time I spend on a course is usually just me hanging with friends drinking beer while I proceed to take seven swings before finally making contact with the ball and watching it sail a majestic 15 yards or so. I also have no idea which direction those 15 yards will be, so if you’re hitting the links with me, I suggest you stand clear when I’m on the tee or you’ll risk losing an eye.
And people who golf with me
Now before taking my shot, my friends are aware of this, so they take proper precautions. For others on the course who don’t know me, well, they risk losing an eye because I don’t yell “fore” like I’m supposed to. I’ve often wondered while out there whether I could get in trouble for this or not, should tragedy strike some poor sap ahead of me on the course. And now I have my answer - according to the New York State appeals court, I’m free to fire at will.
From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (third item):
A New York State appeals court ruled that careless golfers who don’t yell “Fore!” before taking a shot aren’t liable, even when they hit their friends in the eye. That’s what Anoop Kapoor did more than six years ago, when he took a swing and hit his buddy, Azad Anand, in the eye with an errant shot. The majority opinion came down to the legal concept of “primary assumption of risk,” which means if you don’t want to lose an eye, don’t play golf. It’s the same concept that allows baseball pitchers to occasionally aim for a batter’s head without worrying about getting sued.
And with that ruling, I now have a new goal while I’m playing 18. Screw that whole trying to break par crap that I know I’m never going to be able to do - from now on, I’m just aiming for anyone wearing those ridiculous plaid pants.
Seriously, if you dress like that you deserve to lose an eye for causing mine to see them.