When a pitcher has a no-hitter going on during a baseball game, players on his team will not talk to him for fear of a dreaded jinx. It may sound silly to the uninitiated, but it is a tradition rooted in the game. Superstition is a strange thing.
Like baseball, golf is also a game of superstition. Some golfers will only label their balls with 1960s coins, while others exchange balls after each bogey. Everyone has their own quirk that they use to help themselves play better.
And while there may not be a golf equivalent to baseball’s no-hitter rule, players’ psyches can still be fragile when they have a particular streak going on.
Last weekend at the Houston Open, Joel Dahmen was a ball-hitting machine off the tee. Through three rounds, he had only missed six fairways at Memorial Park, which received a text message from his coach, Rob Rashell, reminding Dahmen how well he hit the ball.
“Man, you’re driving great this week!” Rashell wrote.
Which led to a predictable result.
“I started thinking about it today,” Dahmen said Sunday night. “So I hit a couple of squirrels because I was thinking of hitting it straight.”
Think of it as a 15-handicap that equates to hitting it right when your buddy tells you where you are absolutelycan not the miss is right.
Despite the jinx, Dahmen missed just three fairways during his final lap en route to a 65 that lifted him in a draw to 5th place. Still, note to Rashell: When your husband rolls, let him be!
Zephyr Melton is assistant editor of GOLF.com, where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Prior to joining the team at GOLF.com, he attended the University of Texas followed by stops with Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists with all instruction and covers amateur and women’s golf.