Joe, a notoriously bad golfer, hit his ball off the first tee and watched as it sliced to the right and disappeared through an open window in a nearby house.
Figuring that was the end of it, he took another ball out of his bag and played on.
On the eighth hole, a police officer walked up to Joe and said, “Did you hit a ball through a window back there?”
Joe admitted that yes, he had.
“Well,” said the cop, “it knocked over a lamp, which scared a dog, and it ran out of the house and onto the road. A driver swerved to avoid hitting the dog, and she crashed into a tree and her car is totaled. And all because you sliced the ball.”
Joe felt terrible. “I’m so sorry,” he said. “Is there anything I can do?”
“Yes, there is,” said the cop. “Try keeping your head down and close up your stance a little.”