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Russian Roulette on the Putting Green

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The crowd can taste the tension. The golfer turns to the caddy and nods. A firm grip on the bag of clubs lets him give it a mighty tug.

Whoosh! Click click click... Everyone's eyes are glued to its spin. The momentum ebbs and abruptly the rotating drum comes to a stop. The chosen club is gleaming as the golfer gingerly attempts to grasp it.

His eyes are watering and the sweat on his skin is sparkling in the blistering sun. Even the most distant members of the audience can hear every movement, every footstep as the club is lifted and the tee approached.

He aligns himself and half-heartedly hazards a few practise swings.

He cannot delay much longer.

The air is totally still.

He swings!

The golf ball ventures away on its parabolic path and the golfer breathes a huge sigh of relief. Slightly disappointed by the anticlimax, the inner crowd start to remove their safety goggles. He has survived, for now.

But of course there was a one-in-six chance of his chosen club being completely filled with contact explosive. Relaxed, the group begin the long walk to the next shot.

mitxela, Feb 09 2014

Jon-Erik_Hexum http://en.wikipedia...wiki/Jon-Erik_Hexum
Don't fool with guns. Ever. [8th of 7, Feb 10 2014]

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       This is without doubt the best golf idea ever.   

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8th of 7, Feb 09 2014
  

       "The golf ball ventures away on its parabolic path " ---That is not the normal behavior of a golf ball on a PUTTING green.
Vernon, Feb 09 2014
  

       Well, when you take into account the curvature of the Earth, it technically is…
ytk, Feb 10 2014
  

       [ytk] - I'm pretty sure the surface of the Earth is more like a chord than a parabola
hippo, Feb 10 2014
  

       It depends where you are on the surface, and which direction you're putting in.   

       Overall, your planet is an oblate spheroid, flatter at the poles, and if you were driving north-south across the equator then yes, the curvature approximates to a parabola.   

       You can check this against the WSGS84 geoid used for GPS if you'r feeling particularly anally-retentive today.
8th of 7, Feb 10 2014
  

       I like that the course changes to involve larger and more interesting sandtraps over time.
RayfordSteele, Feb 10 2014
  

       [+] hehe yes!! This would certainly liven up golf!
xandram, Feb 10 2014
  

       Why only one in six?
pocmloc, Feb 10 2014
  

       Typical revolvers have 6 chambers in their cylinder; for Russian roulette, only one is loaded with a live round*   

       The one-in-six risk factor is implicit in the idea title.   

       On the downside, this means that the golfers are less likely to die.   

       * Although it doesn't actually have to have a bullet: a blank can be sufficient <link>.
8th of 7, Feb 10 2014
  

       //normal behavior//   

       Well, I would say a straight line is just a limiting case of a parabola, but you're absolutely right, the roulette simply must be played on every hole on the course.
mitxela, Feb 11 2014
  
      
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