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Feel

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Tiger, after winning his fifth Masters title, remarked that though he had lost distance, he still had the feeling in his hands; and that was critical to his precise shot-making. Professional guitar players rely on their hands in the same way.

Instrument makers, whether guitars or golf clubs, want you to believe that their products make the difference. But when faced with a challenge, the pros who play them rely more on their hands.

Since my specialty is poetry, let me try to convey the essence of this idea in four lines:

Feel

When in the moment,
And the moment is clutch;
It’s not in the instrument,
It’s all in the touch.

Leon S White, PhD

 

And for those who watched the Masters and have followed the controversy over this year’s rule changes, here is a second four liner about the new drop rule:

 Preferred Drop

The Drop Rule Change: drop from the knees
Has given some Pros a pain in the butt;
My guess they’d prefer to drop to their knees
After making a long and winding putt.

Leon S White, PhD

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Frets

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This website is now a little more than 10 years old. It includes more than 200 Posts with poems. You are most welcome to search on popular golf topics or click on one of the many categories in the list on the right. (I particularly encourage Australians to click on Australia).

Though I am now playing more guitar than golf, I intend to keep writing golf-related poems when ideas arise that encourage poetic responses. And for me, some of the best poem ideas involve playing around with a word or words. The following four-liner is an example.

Frets

A gigging guitarist
Fingers over frets;
A gambling golfer
Frets over bets.

Leon S White, PhD

 

P.S. Right now Amazon (USA) has my book, Golf Course of Rhymes, at over 30% off. Best price I’ve ever seen!

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New Year’s Greetings

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New Year’s Greetings

Greetings my golfing friends
From capable to bad,
Next season remember
To smile not get mad –

When a putt rings the cup
Or a drive goes way wide,
It’s the work of the golf Gods –
You’re along for the ride.

Leon S White, PhD

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Too Many

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 My own experience. How about yours?

TOO MANY

Guitars or putters,
If you’ve ever bought any;
Chances are good
That you’ve bought too many.

Leon S White, PhD

 

Note: My book Golf Course of Rhymes is currently selling for $7.28 on Amazon (a 25% discount). Haven’t seen that before. Stories of golf and golf history illustrated with poetry going back to 1638. Put in two years of research; an interesting read if the link between golf and poetry is of interest.

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Who Knows?

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Who Knows?

“Do it”; “Don’t do it,”
Nutritional advice.
Just like you hear
About curing your slice!

Leon S White, PhD

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Wood$

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My last Blog post looked at Tiger’s impressive return from the true golf fan’s point of view. Below is a more cynical view of Tiger’s latest comeback.

Wood$
Tiger’s play –
The best in years;
Golf’s retailers –
Leading the cheers.

Leon S White, PhD

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Playing Like Tiger

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As a fan of Tiger Woods from the beginning, I wrote this four-liner with higher hopes than I have had during past “come-backs.”

Playing Like Tiger

Could Tiger be playing like Tiger again?
It sure has been a while;
But if you’re a fan of golf at all,
It can only make you smile.

Leon S White, PhD

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At 82 (Age not Score)

 

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Now that it’s golf season, friends ask if I’m still playing. The answer is that I plan to, but probably not as frequently as in younger days. As I have mentioned previously, I’m now playing guitar again. And, as I practice most days an hour or two, I am making good progress. So as I point out in the four lines below, at age 82, there is a reason for my bias towards guitar.

At 82 (Age not Score)

I’m asked, “Are you still playing?”
I answer, “golf or guitar?”
With guitar I’m making progress;
With golf, I’m lowering the bar.

Leon S White, PhD

 

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Hooks and Slices

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Two years ago I published a group of poems under the title, Opposites in Golf. All of the the book’s poems focus on golf terms and their opposites. The fun is in the poetic path I take to get from one to the other. In order to give my poems wider availability, I have decided to share them my Blog. So here is the first with more to come.

HOOKS AND SLICES  

What is the opposite of hook?
Eye you say with a fishy look.
Fish reminds of hook and line,
Then bait’s the answer to assign.

A hook is also a cager’s shot;
A jumper might oppose or not.
But with golf, what the duffer fears –
Get rid of a hook and a slice appears.

( Note: For non-basketball fans, a “cager” is a basketball player and “hooks” and “jumpers” are descriptive of two kinds of basketball shots.)

If you need an inexpensive present for an avid golfer, the book is available on Amazon for $4.50. (https://www.amazon.com/Opposites-Golf-Portrayed-Poetry-Opposed/dp/0983213712/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1525799821&sr=1-1&keywords=Opposites+in+golf

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women and Golf, 1914

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In the early 20th Century, for the most part, golf was a men’s game. One famous amateur golfer/writer of the times, Horace Hutchinson, went so far as to assert, “Constitutionally and physically women are unfitted for golf.” 

I recently came across a old golf book, Rhymes of a Duffer (1914), by Philip Q. Loring. Loring apparently was as odds with Hutchinson. At least he was willing to let a woman into the conversation:

So, I have to confess she was quite apropos
When
 the maiden remarked as she started to go;
“Excepting direction and distance, I’d say,
That drive was as good as I’ve seen today.”

 

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