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Golf Australia Express : Issue 52
GOLF IS A GAME made for spring. After a long winter with soggy fairways and plug-marks on the green it's hard not to get excited about the prospect of a sunny day on course. While it may still be damp underfoot and while the ball isn't rolling as fast as it will in December, September brings a sense of optimism that is difficult to pin down. Recent days serve as a great example, with ample sunshine and moments when even the breeze held its breath. But inherent in spring is the ever- present possibility of clouds smothering the horizon in a matter of moments, and we all know it's a beginner's mistake to forget the trusty brolly on the course this time of year. The changing fortunes dealt to outdoor pursuits by the tricky hand of the season are clearly witnessed in the contrast between one weekend and the next. Beyond the budding flowers and birds rutting in the bush, and even more than the gradual greening of fairways, it is this unpredictability that lends our game to this time of year. Like spring's fickle conditions, golf is a game that can change in a moment. Confidence with the putter can evaporate on a single shot and remain absent until January. Chipping---currently my bette noir--- is the same. And there are few shots more difficult than the one following the best drive of the day. While we seem to like routine in RAIN, HAIL, WIND AND SHINE---SPRING HAS IT ALL. AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT SUCH AN APPROPRIATE SEASON FOR GOLF, WRITES WILL HONE. SEASON TO BE JOLLY with Will Hone IN HONING our lives, there is something fascinating about discord. How else to explain a game that can light a full body smile at a glorious drive before provoking an involuntary gasp after the next shot which ends up in the rough? And when better to grapple with such a pursuit than these moments when the elements can, and frequently do, change in the time it takes for a putt to slide towards the hole? So while baking summer days may sweat the ball further down the fairway and long summer nights may lend themselves to nine holes after dinner, it's the first taste of sunshine on the golf bag, the first sting of sunburn and playing the first hole in a shirt with no jumper that gets me going. It doesn't matter that the jumper may be out again on the next tee, and soaked by the one after. Like a good drive, it's the memory that counts. And the next shot. OTG Like spring's fickle conditions golf is a game that can change in a moment. DO YOU AGREE? TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS