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Who taught you how to play this game? (a short story)

Mom told me it was all arranged. Sunday afternoon, I was actually going to learn how to play. She said he would pick me up and take me to the driving range. He told her he had a couple clubs I could hit. I didn't know what that meant, but I was really, really, really excited.  On Sunday, after parking his car at the range, he pulled his huge golf bag full of shiny clubs out of the trunk and handed me a couple older clubs probably from a previous set of his. He paid the guy at the counter ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, May 13, 2011

Trust and Obey?

Press the accelerator and your car goes faster. Well, most of the time. Pick up the phone set (remember those) and you'll hear a dial tone. Always. Take a proper golf swing and your ball will obey perfectly every time.  Not sometimes. Every time.  Someone once said, "The ball doesn't lie." In other words, where the ball currently lies ("lucky bounces" aside) is a direct result of the ball's flight as a result of the previous golf swing. Ever wonder how people could build a career, a life, a ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, April 22, 2011

"Do you play, Gladys?"

The Unsinkable Molly Brown was one of my mother-in-law's favorite musicals. We loved to quote lines and sing the songs together at family meals. One of the frequently quoted lines came from during a social ball when Molly asks, "Do you play, Gladys?"  "Why, no."  "What a pity!"  Do you and your family play?  Now more than ever, it’s important that we teach our children to play. Too often, the only time our children get to play is recess at school. Mom and Dad are busy with work trying to ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, April 15, 2011

Family Golf: Thinking Outside The Box

Sitting on the bleachers at her son's baseball game at 7:30 a.m. on a rainy Saturday morning, Allison George, General Manager of Toad Valley Golf Course near Des Moines Iowa, looked around at the hundreds of other people who looked wet and miserable just like her. Everyone sat there in the cold to watch their kids play. Many of the parents knew their kids weren’t ever going to play in high school, let alone the majors. But, there they sat grandparents and parents alike. After a while, she ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Friday, April 8, 2011

What's Your Child's Learning Style?

All kids (and adults) don’t learn the same. Just as kids have differing temperaments and personalities, they also have particular ways of learning. Three senses through which children absorb and learn new information are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Let’s look at how these senses apply to learning golf. If your child is a visual learner, then he learns best by watching you (or the pro) make the swing and hit the ball. As I said before, kids are great imitators, and if you demonstrate ... Read more...
Steve Graves, Wednesday, April 6, 2011