News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Rub of the Green

August 5, 2012

RUB OF THE GREEN: Enjoying the game after all these years

(Continued)

TERRE HAUTE — • “This course is unfair!” is an often-heard lament on golf courses throughout the land. I’ve always wondered how a course can be unfair when all participants play the same fairways and greens. Don’t blame the course superintendent when something else is the culprit and that culprit is none other than “Mother Nature.”

Perhaps nowhere does that “unfair” word strike a familiar chord as it does when it applies to high school golf.

Consider this scenario, Team A is slated for an 8 a.m. tee time. They play their 18 in bright sunshine without a cloud in the sky. By 1 p.m. clouds have gathered and a steady rain beats down on the team that had the misfortune to draw the wet and soggy afternoon tee time. Golfers call this the “rub of the green.”

Some say that golf was not developed to be a “fair” contest. How about this: a flagstick is set on the left portion of the green. Your opponent hits his shot, which strikes the flagstick and drops into the cup for a birdie. Now, you hit your shot and it too hits the flagstick, but the ball bounces dead left into a pond. In tennis this situation might be called “game, set and match”, but in golf it’s just “rub of the green.”

Some have declared that golf wasn’t invented to be fair, and at times it seems that there are forces working against you. Many vow that the “breaks,” good or bad will even themselves out. I don’t know about that, but I’m sure that if you questioned Greg Norman about luck, the Shark would profess to having little or none throughout his career. I would be the first to agree with him.

• Tip of the week — When getting ready to hit a golf shot relax.  A straight left arm for right-handed players should not be “stiff as a board.” The same is true for the right arm, which will simply fold during the backswing.

Nothing ruins a golf shot like tension. The same is true when holding the golf club. Even the word “grip” should be avoided.

Do you berate yourself on the golf course with “self talk” such as this, “How on earth can you be such an idiot?” or perhaps “Why do you continue to play golf when you know you will never be any good?” or “You are a pitiful golfer.”

When a golfer can replace those negative thought with ones that are beneficial, then that player can often turn his or her game around and positive results my be achieved.

Keep your head down and your shoestrings tied. We’ll be back.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Rub of the Green
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament Obama Signs Workforce Training Law US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Raw: Massive Explosion in Gaza City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era
NDN Video
Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity