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You Should Know: If You Are About To Take Up Golf
The Know-it-all
August 30, 1954
A humbling gameGolf is one of those games that can drive you either to the peak of supreme enjoyment or the depths of indescribable frustration. You may ride on the clouds after a booming drive that sails more than 200 yards straight down the middle. Chances are, though, if you ever get to be an average golfer, those moments of ecstasy will be balanced by the anguish of watching a flubbed shot scamper erratically into an impenetrable thicket. It's that kind of game. But, strangely enough, it adds up to pleasure. You're not crazy for taking it up. You've got lots of company. There are five million golfers in the U.S. today, and if you can score lower than 110 for 18 holes you're better than half of them.
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August 30, 1954

You Should Know: If You Are About To Take Up Golf

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Books
No one book is the best. We can't recommend reading for you, but many golfers have been helped by the following four: How to Play Golf by Sam Snead (Garden City, $2.50); Power Golf by Ben Hogan (Barnes, $3); How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time by Tommy Armour (Simon & Schuster, $2.95); and Enjoy Your Golf by Lealand Gustavson (Harcourt Brace & Co., $2.95). Pick one and read it. You may get some help.

Caddies
Caddies are expensive these days but can make golf more enjoyable, if you can afford them, by carrying your bag and suggesting which club to use for a particular shot. A good caddy knows his course thoroughly and can give you good advice. Ask the advice of a regular player about how much to tip. If caddies are too steep for you, golf carts are available on which to carry your clubs. You can buy one for $18 to $60 and many courses have them for rent.

Your attitude
Most who have played it agree that golf is a humbling game. It requires more practice and more precise self-control than virtually any other sport.. But your practicing should be done on practice fairways. Once you're on the course, don't fritter around and experiment. Get up and hit the ball. It's easy to be theoretical about golf, but you do so at your own risk. Just remember it's a game for fun, probably the best outdoor game for all ages ever invented. Happy hitting!

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