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This book is about the game of golf. It contains a critical view of the game and the rules which define it. It is now in the Library of the USGA Museum in Far Hills, NJ. DETAILS: The author has a keen interest in the game of golf, and in particular its rules. After playing avidly for many decades, his book presents a unique view of the game; it is a critique of golf and its rules and underlying principles, as well as a compendium of pertinent information and dialog related to the game. It is not a "how-to", explanatory book on how to improve one's game (with the exception regarding his discussion of etiquette on the course.) The book contains much regarding the game. The first chapter takes a look at golf today and how it got that way. Chapter 2 presents the many games of golf, not just the way the pros play. The mystery of handicap indexes is explained in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 discusses the principles as given by the USGA publications on the subject, a rarely treated topic. The largest chapter is an analysis of occurrences where the rules have affected many famous golfers in important competitions. It contains discussion of the intent of the rules, their interpretations, and remedies to either rewrite or eliminate them. Much of the book can be considered individual articles which could be perused independently, as seen in the listing of subtopics in the table of contents. The author's goal is to promote much needed changes in the rules, and generate a dialog concerning a separate set of rules for recreational golf. The USGA Rule book is over 200 pages long, plus the set of Rulings based on the rules is over 700 pages. It's hard to find one golfer in a hundred who has read the rules. The last chapter of the book demonstrates how a set of rules can be relatively brief yet maintain most of the time-honored principles we expect. So have a look and see that much of the content will surely be food for thought. There are likely many golfers who have questioned things as the author has, and would speak up when given the opportunity. The author wishes to promote a better game for all to enjoy. In order to do this, golfers must become aware of their options. So this book was created to help accomplish this. SUMMARY: So experience the unique perspective this book provides of the wonderful game so many enjoy. It is intended to make you think about the rules, and not merely accept them, nor ignore them. Given enough grass roots support for change, maybe some of the problem areas discussed can be remedied.
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Chet Goins is a retired professional computer scientist with over four decades of experience in teaching and consulting. He has traveled much, and he often takes his golf equipment with him. He grew up in Louisville, KY, and now resides in Atlanta, GA. He truly loves the game of golf, having played it for more than fifty years. He started in his third year of college with borrowed clubs and some old balls. His initial round was on the Tates Creek golf course in Lexington, KY, never dreaming that this would influence the rest of his life. He is still at it, twelve months a year, once or twice a week, all year long, playing with Chromium-Tungsten knees. At times he has played in the cold 20’s, other times in the hot 100’s, has putted in snow and over frost, played in gale-force winds, and in the rain and mud. He still walks most of the time. At one time he held a handicap of 8, but it is about twice that now. He has enjoyed rounds with people from all walks of life with nothing more in common than a mutual love for the game and an occasional need to escape and unwind. But he tries to abide by the rules, as written and published by the USGA. And this has been true for almost all of his golfing years. But he also recognizes the obvious need for a set of rules that the average golfer can live with. His passion for this produced the book. Next goals: to visit Scotland and to shoot his age.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1519717415