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We hear a lot about what golf needs to thrive. First, let me say golf will survive now and for as long as people walk this beautiful Earth. Golf will never not be. The bug was released the first time a Scotsman fashioned a club and struck a ball of some sort. Others saw this, tried it for themselves, heard and felt a certain clickit, or thrump, or whompit, and needed to try that again. Golf is not a sport or game: It’s a habit, and it embeds deep within. My father tried to play golf but his extra-ego wouldn’t allow it. Golf will pulverize an extra-ego. He gave his Bobby Jones signature clubs to me and inadvertently got me started on a lifelong journey. I was the first in my family to play the game and would have turned pro if I’d gotten any support to do so. But once I’d experienced the exhilaration of a finely hit golf shot, I was hooked, and have stayed hooked (with a few years off the hook for good behavior) for over 50 years.

So not to worry about the fate of the game. As long as a ball stings the sweet spot of a club from time to time, the game will remain intact. It might ebb and flow according to the vicissitudes of society, TV ratings may vary according to whether Tiger is in the field, golf courses may go bankrupt, but golf will endure. There are, though, a few things that golf needs and doesn’t need.

1. Power carts. Seeing a couple of 25 year old yahoos in carts is an abomination of what golf was intended. Golf was and is a game (more…)

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Recently Dustin Johnson was remembering his meltdown on day 4 of the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and had an insight into what he should have done. Johnson took a three-shot lead into that final round with destiny sitting there like a siren beckoning him towards the rocks. Right off, he made triple on the second, double on the third, and bogey on the fourth. By the time he walked off the fifth green, his three shot lead imploded into a four shot deficit. Johnson shot 82 that day, relinquishing the laurels to a steadier Graeme McDowell. “Things kind of spiraled after the triple,” he told the SF Chronicle recently, just before  he tries to win his third straight AT&T at Pebble. “I started moving fast, thinking fast, walking fast. I learned I really have to slow down with everything–my routine, my swing, my thought process, my walking. I’ve just got to take everything slower.”

It’s a great lesson for all of us. Ballooning to double or triple on any particular hole requires a (more…)

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