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Golf and the elements

True golfers look forward to playing regardless of the elements.  Wind, rain, lengthening shadows, and drought-stressed greens – each adds challenge to their game.

How I play golf
by Tiger Woods with the editors of Golf Digest.
New York, N.Y. : Grand Central Pub., 2011.
Since turning pro after a short stint at Stanford University, no one athlete has dominated their sport as Tiger Woods has dominated the world of golf. His list of achievements and championships would fill pages. But how does he do it? InHOW I PLAY GOLF, through fabulous color photos, slow-motion photography, and plenty of text, Tiger talks about his drives, his putting, his chip shots, his mental approach to the game, and much more more. This is the complete instructional on how Tiger plays the game of golf. Tiger shares his thoughts on what he calls the game for a lifetime. He reveals the five secrets he believes are responsible for his success -- a combination of physical, metaphysical, and psychological practices he uses daily to keep his game in top shape and to help him to transcend all the ups and downs of golf. Not many can play golf as well as Tiger does, but at least we can read how we can try to improve our game. This one singular volume contains all the golf instruction that anyone would ever need.
     
Miracle at Merion : the inspiring story of Ben Hogan's amazing comeback and victory at the 1950 U.S. Open
David Barrett.
New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2010.
Legendary sportswriter Red Smith characterized Ben Hogan'scomeback from a near-fatal automobile crash in February1949 as “the most remarkable feat in the history of sports.” Nearly sixty years later, that statement still rings true. The crowning moment of Hogan's comeback was his dramatic victory in the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia, where his battered legs could barely carry him on the 36-hole final day. Miracle at Merion tells the stirring story of Hogan's triumph over adversity—the rarely-performed surgery that saved his life, the months of rehabilitation when he couldn't even hit a golf ball, his stunning return to competition at the Los Angeles Open, and, finally, the U.S. Open triumph that returned him to the pinnacle of the game. While Hogan was severely injured in the accident, fracturing his pelvis, collarbone, rib, and ankle, his life wasn't in danger until two weeks later when blood clots developed in his leg, necessitating emergency surgery. Hogan didn't leave the hospital until April and didn't even touch a golf club until August. It wasn't until November, more than nine months after the accident, that he was able to go to the range to hit balls. Hogan's performance at the Los Angeles Open in early January convinced Hollywood to make a movie out of his life and comeback (Follow the Sun, starring Glenn Ford). Five months later, Hogan completed his miraculous comeback by winning the U.S. Open in a riveting 36-hole playoff against LloydMangrum and George Fazio, permanently cementing his legacy as one of the sport's true legends.
     
Unplayable : an inside account of Tiger's most tumultuous season
Robert Lusetich.
New York : Atria Books, 2010.
The definitive chronicle of the most stunning year in the legendary career of Tiger Woods, when the world’s greatest golfer returned to competitive play following major knee surgery—only to have his personal life unravel in the public spotlight at year’s end. Who is the real Tiger Woods? Te unbeatable, indomitable, and ultimate competitor? The husband and father who cares more about his family than anything else? Or the supremely confident controller who thought fierce management of his image and those around him would allow him to lead a double life?nbsp;InUnplayable, veteran journalist Robert Lusetich offers an in-depth look at the world’s most recognizable yet least known athlete, Tiger Woods. Lusetich, who first interviewed Woods in the late 1990s and has written about him since 1996, was the only writer to cover every PGA Tour event the world’s number one golfer played in 2009.nbsp;Unplayabletells of the unfolding of Tiger’s most pivotal season on the golf course— with his first ever hiatuses from professional play—and provides extensive reporting and the backstory to show who the most elusive man in all of sports really is. Lusetich peels away the layers of the Woods persona to create a portrait that is neither unsympathetic nor hesitant to shed light on Tiger’s shortcomings. This rich, insightful account reveals: what actually makes Woods the game’s dominant player; how his upbringing influenced who he is today and how he has changed over time; and the nature of his relationships with his family, former and current friends, celebrity athletes, peers, coaches, sports agents, sponsors, and the media and public itself.nbsp;Based on one-of-a-kind access,Unplayableis a gripping look at the man who changed golf and inspired more fans around the world than anyone else in the history of the sport.
     

Amateur golfers get tips watching the pro golfers on TV or in person as they tee off into gusty winds or come out from underneath their umbrellas to drive the ball within two feet of the flag.   Next time these golfers hit the local course on a windy day they’ll be moving their grips down by ˝ inch or grabbing one club more.  And let the rains come.  To keep their grip steady they’ll take their golf gloves off, putting them in their pockets between shots to keep them dry. 

No need to put the glof clubs away when colder weather arrives. You can golf all year round, even in winter.

Winter golf

Golfers are likely to be rewarded with one of their best rounds of golf when they consider the impact of the elements on the greens they are about to play.   As they plan their next putt, these golfers take notice of the land features and shadows surrounding the greens. Next they factor in the slope, colorm=, and degree of dryness of the green.  These savvy golfers know their putt is likely to be slower when shadows are behind them and the cup, the greens are dry, and their putt will be going against the slope of the green or through the putting surface’s dark colored areas (against the grain).

Lower your score when you learn to play your game to beat the course and the elements. 

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff