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Review of my book, “If Golf Balls Could Talk” from Golf Heritage Magazine

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A Golf Poem from ChatGBT

I asked ChatGBT, OpenAI’s chatbot to offer a guest poem for the website. Here’s what it came up with:

Golf is a game that’s oh so grand,

But sometimes it can get quite bland.

You swing and you swing, and you hope for a hole-in-one,

But often you end up with a missed shot, undone.

The greens are so smooth, and the fairways so wide,

But sometimes the sand traps are where you reside.

So if you’re feeling down, and your game is a mess,

Just remember, golf is just a game, nothing less.

I’m not ready to turn the Blog over to ChatGBT, but it’s a decent effort.

Note: If you need a last minute gift for a golfer, please consider my new book, “lf Golf Balls Could Talk – Collected Golf Poems” available on Amazon.com.

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What do you think?

A succinct observation:

Comparing the Tour to LIV

What’s the Tour to LIV?
Maybe a mink to a skunk?
Or if that’s a bit too harsh for you,
Try Classical to Punk.

Leon S White, PhD

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New Book on Amazon: If Golf Balls Could Talk

Recently I decided it would be a good time to collect my poetry together in a single volume. If Golf Balls Could Talk is the result. I recognize that it takes a bit of courage to buy a book of poetry, let alone golf poetry. But your presence on this Blog is a good start. And, by being here, you must be a golf enthusiast, and so I think your courage will be rewarded.

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The Riyadh Cup

The Riyadh Cup
Is on the scene.
New to golf
It's painted green.

Filled with cash
for players willing
To forsake the Tour
To make a killing.

Mixed up teams
Not like the Ryder.
It's effect on golf
A nasty divider.

Leon S White, PhD

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The PGA, LIV Battle

Here is my four-line observation of what’s going on:

LIV or Not?

The PGA wanted LIV to die
Pressure on players they did apply;
But money talks is what they say
So LIV with live another day.

Leon S White, PhD

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Tiger Woods Haiku

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the haiku form, it should have only three lines with a total of 17 syllables. The first line should have a total of five syllables. The second line should have seven syllables. The third line should have five syllables. It is a type of short form poetry that originated in Japan.

I found this haiku in my files. I wrote it a while ago, but now seems to capture Tiger’s situation quite well.

TIGER WOODS HAIKU

Tiger Woods is not
the player he once was. Time
is not in his bag.

Leon S White, PhD

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Probability Zero

This year’s Masters had little back nine drama; but it did have some eighteenth hole pyrotechnics. I was inspired to write a few verses about what Rory and Collin did.

PROBABILITY ZERO

The Masters winner 
Scotty Schef
Clearly better
Than the rest.

But, Rory and Collin,
Though neither the hero;
Both holed out from the sand—
That has probability zero.

Their sequential shots
Thrilled the 18th crowd,
Which responded with roars
Much louder than loud.

Though for TV viewers,
Faldo stole Rory’s thunder;
Morikawa’s great shot
Quickly restored the wonder.

Like Tiger’s chip on 16
In two thousand and five;
Again, a “once in a lifetime”
Hope you saw it live.

Leon S White, PhD

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Variants

As the year closes, I want to thank all of you who have visited my website this year. During the year, the site had close to 7000 views and about 4300 visitors. The top six countries for visitors were: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China and Ireland. Over all, visitors came from 63 different countries!

My interest in golf remains strong, but at almost 86, I have switched to playing guitar; working on a jazz swing instead of a golf swing. Still once in a while I get an idea for a verse or two. Here is my latest.

Variants

Pandemic variants -
Different looks;
Golfer variants -
Slices and hooks.

Leon S White, PhD
 

 

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Vaccine for a Duffer

I woke up early this morning with a poem idea. The result is below:

A Vaccine for a Duffer

2020, golf’s crazy year
When Covid made its call.
The Masters played in November
And the Open, not at all.

Quarantine closed the courses;
The return in fits and starts.
Partners socially distancing,
Riding in separate carts.

Now optimism’s in the air,
A vaccine’s on the way.
Though winter will be difficult,
We have hopes for a better day
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And as long as we are hopeful,
A second vaccine would be nice.
This, a duffers dream come true,
One to prevent a slice.

Leon S White, PhD


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