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Golf Australia Express : Launch
In this week’s issue of OTG CLUTCH SHOTS IN HISTORY PLUS Caption to go here Caption to go here Caption to go here Caption to go here Caption to go here ALSO 5 GREATEST EDITOR’S LETTER Welcome to the first edition of On The Green. We’re excited to bring you a weekly wrap-up of global golf from the past 7 days as well as a preview into this week’s upcoming events. We’re excited to show you the most picturesque golf courses from across the globe in all their spectacular glory. We’re even excited to show you the latest golf gear available and present you unbiased reviews of these products so you have confi- dence when throwing your hard earned down for a new addition to your bag. But most of all, we’re excited to put the fun of golf back on the radar. For too long this sport has been dictated by what we at OTG like to call, the Stale Brigade. These old farts who tell us we’re not welcome on their fairways unless we’re dressed like their 80-year-old selves, or have plain white socks on when we play because colour is offensive.(Of course, we all know white socks make you play better.) So here we are, ready to shake things up a tad so that you, the real golfer, can enjoy and share this great game on your terms. Golf belongs to everyone. It’s high time we started shouting that fact. See you on the greens. DAMIAN SHUTIE There are a lot of people out there for whom every match is a Big Match. For whom every shot is an Important Shot. They are truly people of focus, whose approach to golf witnesses such fervent desire to exceed limitations that verily the traffic stops to let them pass on the way to their greenside destiny. Those people will probably not be reading this. For mere mortals such as myself there are games and there are Games. Sometimes, a game might transcend its original preconceived path and become Something More—a Game to Behold, about which Songs are sung around beermats well into the night. Occasions such as these are rare and cannot be prepared for. They are the subjects of Nature herself and we might come back to investigate them in more detail, in times to come. Meanwhile, it’s interesting to consider the other kind of game that presents itself, from weeks out—from inception, even —as a Big Match. Under such circumstances, the differences between winning and losing can be purely in pre-match preparation and it is this which we will now, and in greater detail than ever before, investigate. For the purpose of brevity, time will be measured from TeeOff – being Tee0. An hour before Tee0 is T1. A day before Tee is T24, and so on. As a quick guide, T168 is precisely 7 days before Tee0. T168. A week before the hit off, you will be tempted to have a hit. Thinking of what is to come, voices of wisdom will whisper wise words, saying “head down to the driving range; hit a few balls.” Ignore them. They are comparable to Tyler Durden in their diabolical capacity to manipulate mayhem through your golfing world. The only good that can come of such an occasion is the questionable joy of remembering on the 10th and out loud, how you were hitting them so well during the week. A good way of heading off such advice is cleaning your clubs and checking the bag for supplies. While this diversionary device runs the risk of leading you towards temptation, putting in your hand as it does the very tools of your desire, the vision of gleaming clean, crisp and almost sharpened ridges greeting you on the first fairway should be enough to steer you clear. That being the case, there is probably time toputinaDVDoreven look at some football down the pub. You’re so far away, you don’t need to worry about match day fitness yet. Get to that on Thursday. By T120, you will most probably be at work. Simply avoiding having the clubs in the car will avoid most tempting circumstances before the day. Enjoy a busy week and look after business. A clear mind is essential, so relax and leave your clubs alone. This is the first step towards Victory. OTG with Will Hone IN HONING PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, RIGHT? WRONG, SAYS WILL. IN A GAME AS FICKLE AS GOLF, IT ONLY GIVES YOU A FALSE SENSE OF WHAT’S ABOUT TO BE THROWN AT YOU. THE BIG MATCH