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Even if you're not a golfer this is interesting.

On Monday, a friend played the Disney Lake Buena Vista course. As usual the starters matched him with three other players. After a few holes they began to get to know each other a bit. This is the rest of what he reports.
One fellow was rather young and had his wife riding along in the golf cart with him. I noticed that his golf bag had his name on it and after closer inspection it also said - "wounded war veterans."
When I had my first chance to chat with him I asked him about the bag. His response was simply that it was a gift. I then asked if he was wounded and he said yes. When I asked more about his injury, his response was, "I'd rather not talk about it, sir".

Over a few holes I learned that he had spent the last 15 months in an army rehabilitation hospital in San Antonio, Texas. His wife moved there to be with him and he was released from the hospital in September. He was a rather quiet fellow; however, he did say that he wanted to get good at golf.
We had a nice round and as we became a bit more familiar I asked him about the brand new set of Ping woods and irons he was playing. Some looked like they had never been hit. His response was simple.
He said that this round was the first full round he had played with these clubs. Later in the round he told me the following.
As part of the discharge process from the rehabilitation hospital, Ping comes in and provides three days of golf instruction, followed by club fitting.
Upon discharge from the hospital, Ping gives each of the discharged veterans, generally about 40 soldiers, a brand new set of custom fitted clubs along with the impressive golf bags.

The fellow I met was named Ben Woods and he looked me in the eye and said that being fitted for those clubs was one of the best things that ever happened to him and he was determined to learn to play golf well enough to deserve the gift Ping had given him.
Ben is now out of the service, medically discharged just a month ago. He is as fine a young man as you would ever want to meet.

Ping, whose products are made with pride here in Arizona, has the good judgment not to advertise this program.
This sure beats the hell out of Nike's million dollars giveaways to athletes who will not respect our flag nor our Country. Ping, on the other hand, renews your faith in mankind, or at least the class of the PING Corporation. Too bad PING doesn't take advantage of this wonderful program by advertising it. You can bet the Media won't do it for them

God Bless America and the game of golf.

Thank you PING

May God Bless our Military!
 

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That is great. I like playing golf although not great at it. It's a good time for the guys to hang and drink some beers.
 
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golf is a great hobby, i taught both boys the game. not really how to play it but just to get out there, one of them actually played at the college level for a couple years. i on the other hand never really do more than 9 hole par 3 courses, that's where the fun is for me. hats off to PING, i might just pick up a PING hat next time i see one :beer3:
 
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I love the game. I used to be good, too. Then I blew out my left hand in 2004. Reconstructive surgery and 14 months of rehab and I have my hand back, but I have lost my swing. Still, I like to put around and just enjoy it now.

Should I ever need a new set of clubs, I'm thinkin' they will be Ping clubs.
 

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Love the "Incoming" picture.
The dogs with their vests and badges look like they mean business.
The horses with the border patrol? Like the dogs, they are true soldiers and protect our country and they love what they do. I really feel those animals know deep down inside themselves they know their mission.That may seem to be a little silly to say but I'll bet they know what they're doing.
 

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A little dusty.... Got this little guy while I was at Ft Drum's WTU. I absolutely suck at golf and never played since. Obviously the guys on the team that day were all pretty good. We had the same opportunity for fitted clubs up there. What I like is that this company is not like others just looking to be publicly seen helping vets. More than a few guys use golf as their outlet,. And I'm glad to see they are still helping to make it happen. View attachment 502663

My outlet was the "gold top" reissue sitting in the background.
 

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