Break 90 every time : The middle-handicapper’s complete guide to scoring (p2)

On the course: Tee shots

The most important way to break 90 consistently is to make good decisions on the course. The average 90-shooter loses more strokes due to poor club and shot selection than to a bad swing or missed shot. I’m convinced of that. I could caddie for the average 25-handicapper and take 10 shots off his or her score instantly–not by overhauling the swing, but by helping with on-course decision-making.

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Break 90 every time : The middle-handicapper’s complete guide to scoring (p1)

I spent my career on the PGA Tour doing whatever I could to put myself in the best position to make the best score. For a brief period in the 1970s, I could do that better than anyone in the game. During my career as a broadcaster for NBC, I’ve studied the course-management skills of the greatest players on the PGA, Senior and LPGA tours. And since I play in more corporate outings and pro-ams these days, I have witnessed the mood swings and struggles the average player can experience in the course of a round. My advice will not only help you hit better shots, it will help put you in the best position on each hole. And when you find yourself in some of those not-so-great positions, it will help you get out with more confidence and less damage to your score.

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Saving lives on the golf course : Join the battle against golf’s deadliest enemy sudden cardiac arrest

Garland Dempsey was as good as dead. Caddieing for John Maginnes during the third round of the Motorola Western Open in July, Dempsey had just walked off the 15th tee of Cog Hill Golf and Country Club when his heart stopped, suddenly and without warning.

Without a pulsing heart to pump blood and oxygen, Dempsey was seconds from becoming another data point in a chilling statistic: Each year in the U.S., 250,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest. Every 29 seconds, someone in America suffers a coronary event, and every minute, someone dies from one. Indeed, heart disease is the nation’s leading killer.

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A life’s work, measured in half-hour lessons

Teaching defined Dr. DeDe Owens, an instructor at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, near Chicago, for more than 20 years. Owens served as a Golf Digest Professional Advisor from 1974 to 1997, contributing numerous instruction articles and lending freely her expertise.

DeDe competed on the LPGA Tour in the early ’70s until she was sidelined by Hodgkin’s disease. After 27 radiation treatments, her health restored, she secured a Ph.D. and devoted herself to education. She taught golf 12 hours a day, seven days a week, while writing eight books and serving as president of the LPGA Teaching Division.

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The drive for golf and business

At the tip of Scotland’s Fife Peninsula, where the old, gray town meets the sea, a narrow, verdant sweep of sandy turf called links forms one of the most famous and, for the devout, sacred playing grounds in the world. It’s the Old Course at St. Andrews and the game is golf, That slender fragment of hallowed, links-land has brought glory and treasure to the ancient university town for 200 years.

That a golf course, albeit a fabled one, can nourish the economy and enhance the quality of life for an entire community, however far from the great centers of commerce, was very likely a circumstance not lost on developers of the California’s Monterey Peninsula and Palm Springs, North Carolina’s Pinehurst, South Carolina’s Hilton Head and several other colonies dotting the country where the word “Golf” is spelled with a capital G.

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