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Golf Australia Express : Issue2
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 Work, for most of us, is an irritating necessity that fills the gulf between rounds. In the lead up to The Game, it is important that you do not let work get in the way. Take every opportunity for sneak peeks at great shots on YouTube to inspire and remind you how you look when your swing comes together. It is also excellent to have, in mind’s eye, an image of the gallery whooping in ecstasy at your glorious approach on the fifth. Remember, daydreaming is a layman’s term for Positive Visualisation—an essential ingredient in any pre-match preparation. Those really looking to cement such images into their mind may find themselves swinging an umbrella or even a rolled photocopy on the way back from the print room, and this is an excellent sign. You may be thinking to yourself that extroverted exaggerations of weekend ambitions such as this will draw unnecessary— even unwanted—attention to yourself, but that is most certainly not the case. There is no room for timidity on the first, fifth or 18th, and every fairway drive, every putt must be approached with Confidence that becomes Victory. Therefore swing your umbrella, chip your photocopy and drive your morning paper across the sleepy suburbs. Coupled with positive YouTube encouragement, you can hardly avoid reaching Tee0 in the very peak of form. Such behaviours may lead you to take the putter out and gently tap balls around the office at a range of targets. There may even be those amongst you who have an Office Putter for this very scenario. Do Not Panic. While this clearly skirts perilously close to the DDR—Dreaded Driving Range—wielding the putter can, in certain circumstances, allow Rhythm and Balance to settle upon your mind like an untouched gossamer coating of dew on the first green. Confidence can be gained from Hitting the Chair Leg five times in a row, even given the carpet’s difficult chicane halfway across the room. But, as with all forms of Practical Preparation, there are traps, and we must be wary. Be careful not to let the Lunch Break Championship overshadow your true purpose: Tee0. Nothing else matters. You might beat a thousand people on the carpet, but there is only one prize at the weekend. Remain focused at all times. Meanwhile, sleep well—by T48 or so, you should be well versed in your top five YouTube shots of all time. Comparing them to your personal Hall of Glory is no doubt instinctive. Follow your instincts and focus on greatness. A sharp mind is fertile ground for the Victorious Round I am sure all who read these lessons seek. Reap what ye sow, and may you sow Golf in the rich soil of your mind to achieve the heights of aspiration. OTG IN THE LEAD-UP TO THE BIG MATCH, IT IS IMPORTANT TO RETAIN—NAY, EXPAND —YOUR MENTAL FACULTY. THIS CAN AND SHOULD BE DONE AT WORK, WRITES WILL HONE. A SHARP MIND with Will Hone IN HONING