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September 15, 2007

On and Off the Course: Weather can affect golf ball in different ways


Rain or considerable wetness will have an effect on your distance. Again, to me this is obvious. Your ball might plug or at least not roll very far if the ground is very moist. Drives won’t go as far, so you will be hitting longer clubs into greens.The putting surface is also a place where moisture makes a difference. As dew on the grass dissapates throughout a morning, the greens should get faster.

And finally, give verbal directions to your golf ball. There is no scientific evidence that this works, neither is there evidence that it doesn’t work. As long as golfers have voices, they will continue to try to manipulate the ball after it has left their clubhead, usually to no avail, but it is always worth a try.

Quote of the day: “You can talk to a fade, but a hook won’t listen.” — Lee Trevino

Vigo County golf leagues

• Idle Creek Wednesday evening — Low gross Ron Forester, 50; closest to pin Charlie Sullivan, No. 3.

• Ladies Tuesday morning — Team best ball, first Cathy Brannen-Sue Bordon 43, second Judy Hults-Rhea Gasaway-Mary Brannen 45; longest putt Gasaway, No. 1; closest to pin Hults, No. 3.

• Home Builders — Low gross Mark Tarrh 38, Tim Malooley 39; low net Gary Stout 31, Brian Holley 31; longest drive Tarrh, No. 2; closest to pin Malooley, No. 3.

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