The Golfer

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A Favorite Architect Pete Dye? Tom Doak? A. W. Tillinghast? Whoever you like, be prepared to defend your choice. Patience This is the equivalent to eating your vegetables. Sure, it's a virtue, but let's face it, we all want to be better––now. The Bump-and-Run You've toiled like Job to hit a flop like Mickelson, but adding a perfectly-measured ground game to the arsenal could well be the difference in match play. Masters Tickets Once, just once in a lifetime. A Regular Foursome You know their games almost as well as you know your own. They may stop at nothing to psych you out, but chances are they'll be there when it really matters. Flexibility Flexibility is Tiger's turn-and- release. Flexibility is also the ability to shuffle your afternoon meetings around to play at Pine Valley on a day's notice. A Good Grip Look no further—this is the secret of golf. A Comfort Zone You know that you're money from 130 yards. You might even lay up to get there. Even if it's just with a single club, a comfort zone is one of the rarest of luxuries. A Knowledge of the Rules Ever notice that lawyers always know when they're entitled to a free drop? The rules can help you immensely. Not exactly beach reading, but an invaluable reference nonetheless. A Scottish Cousin His burr may be impenetrable. His love of Robert Burns' poetry may bore you to tears. Just smile and nod, because this man is almost certainly a golf genius, and will show you the game in its purest form. Whimsical Head Covers Anyone who prefers stock head covers to frogs and gophers should have his head checked. Literary Perspective This can only increase your enjoyment of the game, as golf has caught the attention of countless fine writers over the years. John Updike, Bernard Darwin , P. G. Wodehouse and Herbert Warren Wind are but a handful—and their works should be savored. A Photo Op at St. Andrews With the Royal and Ancient in the background, it's the kind of image that will take pride of place in family albums. A Wide Brim Hat An easily obtained, vital accessory. Aside from keeping sunburn at bay, the wide brim hat keeps unwanted distractions from creeping into your peripheral vision. A Club-Fitting Session This procedure is sometimes overlooked, and it's nice to know for certain that if you perform, your equipment will, too. A USGA Membership The preservation of golf's past and promotion of its future is a worthwhile cause for any golfer. A Pre-Shot Routine Lock and load. After a while, you forget the checklist is even there. A Defective Memory "What are you talking about? I never put four in the drink at Doral." A Lucky Charm Whatever it is—a rabbit's foot, a favorite shirt—there's no question it's responsible for your success. We're definitely not going to tell you otherwise. That First Club From Dad This club probably looks like it was used to hunt rattlesnakes in the Badlands. It's got a cracked grip and a rusty shaft. It's also where it all started. Cherish it. A Hole in One with Attest The golfer's Holy Grail. It doesn't matter if it kicked off a sprinkler head—all that matters is that simple vertical line. One. A Patient Spouse Because love conquers all . . . possibly even golf. •

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