A young man, an avid golfer, had a few hours to spare. He figured if he hurried and played fast, he could get in nine homes before heading home.
Just as he was about to tee off, an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could play with him.
Not being able to say no, he allowed the man to join him. To his surprise, the old man played fairly quickly. He didn’t hit the ball far, but plodded along and didn’t waste time.
Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree directly between his ball and the green.
After the young man spent several minutes debating how to hit the shot, the old man said, “You know, when I was your age, I’d hit the ball right over that tree.”
With that challenge before him, the youngster swung hard and hit the ball. It smacked solidly into the tree and dropped to the ground about one foot from where it originally lay.
The old man remarked, “Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only three feet tall.”