Let Freedom Swing

As we all pause to remember the tragic events of 9/11 some 13 years ago, we can also take time to recall what one of the most incredible images of enduring freedom in recent memory means.

Chances are if you are reading this website, the game of golf plays a special role in your life. Golf is much more than just a sport or hobby for you.

Its mention can be heard in your water cooler conversations and seen in your weekend activities. It’s a way of life. It’s special to you. It’s a lifestyle.

On September 11, 2001, our way of life as Americans changed. Everything was put into perspective. Our priorities were challenged and our freedom was threatened.

Since that time, however, our nation has persevered. We have all grown stronger since that horrible day and it was accomplished by continuing to live. Our way of life might be different in some ways, but at the end of the day we all made the conscious decision to not allow terror to win.

They say the best revenge is to live well.

We allowed ourselves to be happy again. We promised ourselves we would overcome and began enjoying life. We understood that now, finally, it was OK to start living.

For those of you reading these sites, that enjoyment probably includes playing a game you’ve loved your whole life. It brought you peace and it brought you joy.

For one construction worker tasked with building New York’s Freedom Tower in the footprint of our past, golf allowed him to take a moment and simply be himself. So, during his lunch break, Kevin Sabbagh grabbed his TaylorMade R11, a golf ball and a camera.


When paying tribute to 9/11, it’s easy to get caught up in the sensitivity of the topic. Personally, I’ve never seen a photo more genuine and exemplary of how one man can show the world that he is here, he is without fear, and he is going to enjoy the hell out of life.

Sabbagh is a fifth-generation iron worker in New York City. The driver in his hand is a TaylorMade R11 TP. And no, he didn’t actually hit the ball; he was just posing for a spectacular photo.

A photo that shows, as a nation, we will never forget the events from 13 years ago.

As a nation, we will also continue to live well and enjoy the life we have, even in the wake of tragedy.

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