Social Media Reacts To Slow Play April Fools' Prank

A video posted by the DP World Tour caused a number of reactions, with many believing it to be true

Meronk hits a tee shot in front of an HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship board
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April Fools' Day allows brands and companies to post something different via their social media platforms, with many using it to come up with humorous ways to fool even the most astute individual.

Golf is no exception and, on Saturday, many golf-related pages came up with content that had people reacting. However, the best, and my personal favourite, came from the DP World Tour, who decided to post a video of Adrian Meronk taking his time on the tee... 

Well, when we say taking his time, we actually mean it had been edited to make it look like he was! In the video, Meronk is seen setting up to the ball, with the 29-year-old taking the club back to the top of his swing and copying it four or five times.

Obviously, the video had been looped, with the DP World Tour then releasing the real footage around six hours later. However, that didn't stop users thinking the footage was, in fact, the real deal.

Many users commented "ridiculous", whilst one tweeted "good lord. Let’s hope he doesn’t have to hit a provisional!" Some did, indeed, clock on to the prank, with one retweeting the video with the caption "April Fools' has gone too far!" with DP World Tour player James Hart du Preez tweeting: "This is brilliant from @DPWorldTour".

Meronk watches his approach shot

Meronk in action during the 2023 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

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The DP World Tour weren't the only ones to get in on the April Fools' antics, with one Twitter page tweeting that The Masters had been cancelled due to snow, while Callaway introduced users to the 'Paradym Shif-Tee', a carbon fibre tee that "allows the ball to sit in a more dynamic ready-to-launch position".

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x