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                                    Scene Around Town
   BY PETER PHELPS
  restrictions, we Michiganders can begin to resume our lives with this very activity that brings most of us great joy.
Golf is a mental state where we picture our swing, follow-through, and a mag- nificent outcome, but then are devastated when it doesn’t happen. Try as we do, replaying it over and over again, we just can’t figure out what occurred. I think
Golf is a challenge. For me, it truly is a pleasant walk badly interrupted. That said, my calendar is free on Saturday. Which one of the many great courses should we play to be ‘Scene Around Town?’
True, there are many who practice and become quite proficient at not losing too many of those dimpled orbs. They carry little dull-pointed pencils above their ears and try to re-count the actual number of ‘hits’ they made each hole hoping to turn in a low number at the end of the day...
or at least one lower than the other three people suffering from the same syndrome.
Maybe what keeps people coming back to the game is the hope they will put at least two or more good golf shots together in a row. Perhaps they can feel decent about sinking that long, snake-like putt and hearing it drop into the bottom of the cup from 13 feet away.
 I believe golf could be a wonderful pastime as long as I am not subjected to listening to someone recounting every stroke they took, hole-by-hole. “Remem- ber that beautiful tee shot I had on 15? And how about that approach shot from the frog hair on 17, when I choked up on my niblick?” No, I don’t remember your shot on 15 because I was trying to find my Titleist in the woods after I sliced it.
Long ago, when men (and women) cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was known as witchcraft. Today, it’s called golf. With the easing
of governor-based
They have every intent on hitting a good drive or approach shot, but they often fail to achieve it.
that is what befalls the average golfer. We string a few good shots together, think we finally solved the puzzle, and then... thud, we top the next shot.
A pleasant walk ... interrupted.
 Not so much for me however. I just can’t seem to get overly excited about spoiling a pleasant walk in the out-of- doors with the interruptions of hitting and then chasing an errant golf ball.
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     Just once, I’d like to hear a normal conversation about how you, joining the rest of we duffers, shanked the ball or missed a ‘give-me’ putt. I’d like to be able to not be pressured by two approaching foursomes making comments just when I am swinging my driver, or lining up a putt and feeling one of their spheres skipping across the green and not hearing any of you shouting “Fore.” That’s what I miss.
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