I’ve gotten my fair share of unsolicited “lessons” on the driving range. And since I’m generally oblivious to flirtatious behaviors, I’d always assumed these guys had the purest of intentions. (I also ignored all of their advice.) But my buddy recently pointed out that guys are often flirting when they give “tips” to girls.
Oh, boys and their sneaky ways. So Golf Digest asked, on Facebook and Twitter, the following question:
Your responses varied. Chris tweeted, “Really, do people actually try to do them? I thought that was only in movies as a joke.”
Apparently, Chris, they do. Folks like Jeff Bricker and Mario Morales have ignited longtime relationships by using the I’m-not-teaching-you-I’m-hitting-on-you technique. And Serge Preval continues to flirt with his wife: “I do it to my wife all the time. That's the only reason I let her come out on the course with me.”
Not sure I totally support this behavior, Serge, but who am I to get in the way of your smooth moves?
Several women chimed in, saying that they’ve given flirty golf lessons. Jeanne Weaver, via Facebook, said, “Turn that one around for this Lady ; ) As an LPGA Instructor, did I ever give a 'flirty' lesson? Dayumm straight, I did!”
As someone who’s only dated guys who play as well or slightly worse than I do (or not at all), I might have to employ this technique. Would I ever approach a random dude on the driving range? Not a chance. Would I touch my date inappropriately in the name of giving a golf tip? Nope. But would I offer a tip that’s both helpful and has a double meaning? Hmmm, perhaps.
As Regina Hammons points out on Facebook, physical touching is not needed for an entirely flirtatious golf lesson. Take this clip from Tin Cup, when Kevin Costner gives Rene Russo a quick golf lesson that is both accurate and sensual:
Like I said, I might have to try something like this soon.