I used to have a folder containing golf-themed magazine advertisements in which the models clearly knew nothing about golf. I saved it for years and years and years—and then, at some point, I must have thrown it away, because I’ve turned my house upside down without finding it. However, I did notice the photograph above in a recent issue of the New York Times, in an advertisement for a shopping mall called Americana Manhasset, which describes itself as “the premier luxury shopping destination on Long Island’s North Shore, close to Manhattan and the Hamptons.” The scene isn’t meant to be realistic, of course, but I can’t help feeling annoyed by the guy’s grip, by the fact that the putting green isn’t a putting green, by the fact that he’s putting with what looks like a 6-iron, and by the fact that the woman is wearing high heels and therefore making a deep gouge with every step. Also, of course, they’ve parked their camper on the putting surface, if that’s what it’s supposed to be.
I did turn up this MasterCard advertisement from 2005:
Nothing unusual there—except that one of the guy’s golf balls is light blue, and his golf bag and golf clubs are apparently reproducing the way hydras do, by budding. In the closeup below, you can see the offspring bag (and duplicated putter) forming on the left, under the main bag. Look closely:
I wouldn’t at all mind posting more examples of this kind of thing. I’m especially interested in bad grips and bad swings. Anybody got anything?