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Monday
Oct182010

RIP Hiroshi Tango: At Least He Was Playing Ready Golf

Rob McMillan reports on 69-year-old Hiroshi Tango being struck by a golf ball at Los Serranos and has the only account I can find explaining how it happened. I thought it was a little odd his etiquette was questioned by the GM. I prefer to think he was a good man playing ready golf.



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Holy Crap about 2 months ago I got hit in the head with a ball.
10.18.2010 | Unregistered Commentervwgolfer
Somehow, it seems just a bit callous and insensitive to make any humorous connection "at least he was playing ready golf" to a man's death. I'm disappointed in you on this one, Geoff. Get a grip on your increasingly-fuller sense of self.
10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterRonald Montesano
I'll second what Ronald has said, and I'll add that playing "ready golf" does not actually include rushing in front of your playing partners. Ready golf is playing your shot when you are ready as opposed to waiting on the person who is furthest away from the hole.
10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Ronald and Press Agent,
Thanks, I'll make it so that you don't ever have to endure my fuller sense of self ever again!

I was defending the guy and not making fun of his unfortunate death. If you watch the video you'll see he was being blamed by the course GM and I was saying that I admire him for playing ready golf, and feel awful that it cost him his life.
10.19.2010 | Registered CommenterGeoff
Ronald lecturing people on a full sense of self, now that's funny.

Geoff I got what your point was. Rest assured some of us have reading comprehension skills.

And ready golf in my group is inching ahead while someone goes through their pre-shot routine, especially when we start to fall behind.
10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBuffaloan
Press Agent,
Yes, ready golf is technically what you say, but maybe the group was behind or the guy who hit the unfortunate shot was slow and this poor fellow was moving ahead to keep the group up with the group in front?
10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavidC
If you watch the video, he wasn't that far ahead and we've all done that in an attempt to keep the round moving. Poor guy, RIP.
10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterOB
Come down off the pulpit Ronald, it's a tragic accident but I'd wager he was never a caddie or had a previous close encounter with a ball before. It also appears he wasn't watching his playing partner. It doesn't matter if you're on the pull side or the specific side of the hosel, you can't be 20 yds out front and oblivious.
10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterOld Hornet
The GM was the one full of himself. RIP Mr. Tango and condolences to your family and friends. That said, any of us can get hit at anytime. A companion who is a good golfer skanked a pitch out from the trees the other day and would have gotten me right in the head if I hadn't been watching. Generally speaking that would be the safest place for me to get hit, but you never know.
Per the news story, it was clear that the unfortunate player could have taken cover behind one of those large trees while his partner hit. Tragic, but preventable. I infer that he was looking at the player teeing off, and turned his head at the last instant to avoid being struck, thus the impact to the lower rear part of the head. Terrible luck. You have to protect yourself at all times. Condolences to the Tango family.
10.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDD4442
Oh man, that's brutal.
One of my regular playing buddies will hit a second 'practice' ball after a poor shot. This after the rest of us have started heading up the fairway. I've asked him not to do it on occasion, but never in no uncertain terms. That ends the next time we play. I can't believe I've put up with it all this time.
10.19.2010 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
I got hit 1 1/2 times so far in my golfing life, both times by skulled shots off to the left.
The one only was a little pitch and didnt hurt much, the second one i actually only saw passing in a corner of my eye as a dark object about head high. Up to this day i´m very glad that this thing missed, cuz that had some steam on it...

But i learned something from it - both times happend with mediocre players, ever since i play again with them i make sure that i stay level or behind them. Of course it can happen with a good player too, but it is just more unlikely that he sends a wormborner 45° left.
10.19.2010 | Unregistered Commenterkafka01
Geoff, I have to admit I read Ronald's comment about making light of someone's death and didn't catch the part about the "fuller sense of self" part... I'm not even sure what that means.

There are some people who think the time on the tee box ends when they have hit their tee shot, they start walking up the fairway after they have hit and don't bother to, or have any interest in watching their playing partners. This is rude,ignorant and foolish. As someone above said, the people who hit a second ball because their first one was no good while the rest of the group have started walking, are putting them in danger. As KLG said we can get hit anytime, but most of us limit that chance by not walking in front of our playing partners. I don't want to pile on a guy when he's already dead, but I disagree with DD442, I think he was probably not looking back at all and was walking up towards his ball, thus getting hit in the back of the head. My foursome can play quick, ready golf, without anyone being in any danger of getting hit because they have rushed in front of another player.
10.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
both times ive been hit ive been on the next/or another tee box. ball hurts like hell comin in that hard. caught one in the thigh and one in the head. dudes never yelled fore either time
10.31.2010 | Unregistered Commentermurdog

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