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bike struck by golf ball: what would you have done?(15 posts)

bike struck by golf ball: what would you have done?Haiku d'état
Jul 30, 2001 10:41 AM
different take on the golf versus cycling post...

riding along with the remnants of the front pack this weekend, in the bike lane on a 4-lane/wide/lightly traversed roasd, paralleling a suburban golf course for a couple blocks...golf ball comes FLYING astray, misses the guy in front, then smacks my head tube and ricochets off into (light) traffic. the offending golfer was obvious. ZERO doubt that it was unintentional.

before i let the cat out of the bag, what would you have done? and your thoughts?
Try to return the ballPack Meat
Jul 30, 2001 11:00 AM
If it was unintentional you would receive an apology. At that point I would tell him to keep his head down and his arm straight to reduce slice.

If no apology was issued there would be strong words about ability as a golfer and as a man.
re: bike struck by golf ball: what would you have done?4bykn
Jul 30, 2001 11:09 AM
Zero doubt it's unintentional? Then smile, wave, and laugh it off. I'm assuming no damage to the bike or body, of course!
re: bike struck by golf ball: what would you have done?D3
Jul 30, 2001 11:25 AM
Sucky golfers are the norm... just hope you didn't whine like a baby or Cima Coppi. no harm, no foul.
Golfer must take penalty for OB...Lazy
Jul 30, 2001 12:00 PM
And re-tee off. If he's playing with some buddies just for fun, he might be able to talk them into letting him have a mulligan. Or, if he's in a hurry he could treat the road as a lateral hazard and take a one stroke penalty and play it from the spot where it entered the hazard. :-)

As for you, if you're going to ride through there, make sure you're wearing a helmet and get a little pillow to strap around your head tube. LOL
I would have climbed off the bike...RhodyRider
Jul 30, 2001 12:29 PM
...and immediately written a haiku about the experience! Just kidding, Jeff!
It is a One Stoke Penalty and re hit from same spot.Michael Y.
Jul 30, 2001 12:31 PM
I would report it to the police. I have seen idiots do that on the course before. They think it is funny to hit a ball on a road or highway. It is not like you are trying to hit the cart that picks up balls on a driving range. If there is even the slightest bit of damage to your bike, even a slight dent or paint chip, I would make the course pay for it.

The police may also put pressure on the course to take action aganst people like that. If he hit a car that was passing your group, the action could have been tragic.
re: bike struck by golf ball: what would you have done?nutmegger
Jul 30, 2001 2:43 PM
Golf ball hit head tube
What can I do in this case?
Maybe I can sue?
exactly! when all else fails, HAIKU! nmHaiku d'état
Jul 31, 2001 4:45 AM
guy in lycra versus vicious gang with blunt weaponsHaiku d'état
Jul 31, 2001 5:11 AM
surprising the answers here and otherwise...what i did:

hopped the fence and went to the group of 55ish business dudes and asked who banked the ball my way (as non-aggressive as i could muster). the guy that did it was incredulous and thought that I thought he did it intentionally. i did not think this. however, his first reaction was not inquiry about my health or that of the folks i was with, or whether any cars were hit with his runaway ball, but, "did you bring the ball back?" (ball was lost hopelessly in traffic, otherwise i would not have brought it back anyhow). i would have left immediately with an apology from the guy. all i really wanted was for him to realize that I didn't think this should be taken lightly, and that it could have been a car's window or a child on a bike or a senior walking along the sidewalk that he hit with his ball, or me in the face, then things would have been different. he did grudgingly apologize, then made some snide comments as i walked away, which were not repeated when i went back for clarification. funny, that.

what's so surprising to me is that the majority of responses from friends and business associates were along the lines of, "you ride your bike there, you run that risk, whatever happens, happens...and it's not the golfer's fault." this is astounding! am i in the minority here in thinking that golfers (and others--baseball/softball, lawn darts, badminton and aggressive othello match players) are responsible for their own actions? if there is the chance of a golf ball careening off the course and causing an injury to a child, a senior, a pregnant mother, or even ME, whether in direct impact with the body or by way of smashing a windshield and causing an accident, doesn't it make sense that nets or a barrier of some kind would be erected along the borders of golf courses to prevent such a thing from happening? i know this may be stretching it a bit, but think of the amount of money some of these courses make...i know it's probably less expensive for them to allow folks to get unintentionally bombarded with balls, then let their insurance pay damages, but geez...i've noticed nets over baseball fields and driving ranges, why not along the border of golf courses?

really, the thing that bothers me most is the lack of concern and the way that this has been taken as routine by most. unbelieveable. were i five years younger, there would have been bloodshed (probably a half dozen 55ish business guys kicking my arse with golf clubs). if it was my wife or son hit by the ball, i'm not sure what would have happened. i'm incensed with the cavalier attitudes of the golfers in this situation and with the general insensitivity of others. were i to buy a house on a course, i might expect errant golf balls in my back yard, perhaps even the odd broken window. i'd not put a glass patio table outside, and i'd wear a helmet when cutting the grass (j/k). certain risks are inherent to living in such a situation, and accepted when entering into such...but, just minding my own business on the street? just MHO.
sue the golf course!aiuto
Jul 31, 2001 5:18 AM
If you're SOOO worried about it, make them put up a fence as is common in many places where a golf course fronts a road. As was said before, most golfers suck; it is very difficult to hit a golf ball where you want it to go.
guy in lycra versus vicious gang with blunt weaponsDuane Gran
Jul 31, 2001 5:43 AM
You point about their cavalier attitude really hits home. I can imagine that it would be hard for a fellow to admit in the presence of his golfing buddies that he made such an errant shot, or apologize if it was intentional. I somewhat doubt if it was intentional, given the lack of precision that most golfers execute.

If there is something really missing in society it is the ability for people to own up and apologize when they are wrong. I think our whole country should take a year off for remedial kindergarten class.
re: a year off for remedial kindergarten classHaiku d'état
Jul 31, 2001 6:01 AM
agreed 100%. smacks of the guy down the street from me that takes his son out in the middle of the street and kicks the football as hard as he can. the real entertainment is watching where it'll land. oh, and the neighbor with the stock car in his garage, who likes to work on the engine (close the shutters and turn up the tv) on thursday nights. or the football-kicking neighbor's kid that routinely uses your 6' wooden fence as a catcher for his baseball throwing practice. or the same kid that kicks lobs the ball into your backyard and leads a raiding party of 6 across the wall into enemy territory. how about a little respect for others' property/space/privacy? you're correct--all of these things are basic social skills learned in kindergarten. and--again--the golden rule. the little bastid wouldn't be doing most of this stuff if his father set a better example and gave a little guidance.

now, what would be the appropriate thing for me to do in front of my kid with the golfer? certainly not butt heads, but certainly not let it go...hmm, the joys of fatherhood. my wife thought I was in the wrong. get that.
next time, DUCK!!! (nm)Rusty McNasty
Jul 30, 2001 4:46 PM
bike struck by golf ball: what would you have done?Dutchy
Jul 30, 2001 11:35 PM
Just be thankful it wasn't a baseball or worse a bowling ball :-).