I almost started a thread titled "What's the worst idea you've ever had for improvement", but this thread seems appropriate to tell my story. Sorry, it's a bit long-winded...
Two weeks ago, I had this brilliant idea that would not only improve my ball striking, but also enable me to visually follow the ball off tee. I play alone quite a bit and sometimes it can be an effort to see where the ball lands.
For the last 10 years, I've worn progressive bifocals. I also have a second pair of glasses that have regular lenses. I use this second pair when I hunt, or when I'm looking for morels - anything that doesn't require closeup viewing. So I decided that I should try playing golf with them. The logic being that the ball on the tee was far enough away where the absence of bifocals wouldn't matter, and the lack of a transition might make it easier see the ball in flight..
The trouble with this plan is that I waited until I arrived at the tee box before switching glasses. Had I worn them on the drive home from work, my eyes may have gotten used to the difference. But as it turned out, I could hardly focus on the tee. Should have stopped right there but no, I had to see this through.
Because of league play on the front, I started my round on the back nine, hole 10 being just 40 yards left of the clubhouse. My first swing with the driver felt clean but I never saw the ball come down. Second swing, I could just barely see it slice way right. Third swing - I can't tell you what happened but I might as well turned 60 degrees to the right and tee'ed off because I heard the ball hit a pole barn some 200 yards away. Fourth swing, shanked a line drive directly at the clubhouse. Fortunately, the owner had installed a net last year and the ball never reached the building. Even though I couldn't see a damn thing, I'm pretty sure there were a group of people gathering inside the clubhouse laughing their asses off.
I switched back to the bifocals, hit a decent drive that I could easily see land on the right side of the fairway and went on with the rest of the round. And no, I didn't score any of the 8 penalty shots.