Video: Lightning Strikes Ball in Mid Air at Topgolf San Antonio
It's rarer than a hole-in-one. A lightning strike was captured over in San Antonio that almost has to be seen to be believed.
There are some golf fanatics who are not intimidated at all by thunderstorms. As this video indicates, it may not be the best idea to be waiving around a steel rod during a thunderstorm. I'm sure I'm not the only one to go driving past a driving range during a thunderstorm and wonder why some of the people hitting off the tee aren't running for cover.
Lightning Strike at Top Golf San Antonio
The 18-year-old who was at the tee is identified by Daily Mail as Thomas Gomez. Moments after the video was captured the golfers were led out of the driving range to shelter until the storm threat passed by. I gotta say, Thomas is one lucky kid. The lightning could have easily found its way to his club and given him one hell of a shock.
Let's hope by the way Gomez almost jumps right out of his skin that a lesson was learned about putting down golf clubs when lightning is coming down from right over your head. Let's see it again!
Gomez is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying, "I'll be back as soon as I can". Clearly, the incident has not curbed his love for the game of golf. If only the ball had caught fire and carried off into the night!
Tips to Avoid Lightning on the Golf Course
If you happen to be at a driving range or out on the back nine during a thunderstorm here are a few tips to keep in mind that may help you avoid a close call like the one we just saw.
- Avoid standing under tall lone trees.
- Avoid sitting and waiting it out in a golf cart.
- Stay away from water.
- Wearing metal spikes? Take them off.
- If you are out in the open find the lowest spot you can to wait out the storm in a valley or ravine.