Two long-time golfing buddies went to the course one day and decided that they would play the ball where it lies, no matter what.
On the 14th hole, one of them sliced his drive and it ended up on the cart path. As he reached down to pick up his ball, his friend said: “Wait a minute! We agreed that we would not improve our lies! Remember? No matter what!”
The first player tried to explain that he was entitled to this relief, that it was in the rules of golf. But the second fellow would not allow it. Throwing up his hands in disgust, the man went to the cart and grabbed a club. As he stood near his ball, he took a few practice swings, each time scraping the club on the pavement and sending out showers of sparks.
Finally, he took his shot. The club hit the path again, sparks went flying but his ball shot straight towards the green, landed and rolled to a stop two inches from the cup.