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Show me a golfer who doesn’t want to improve, and I’ll show you a golfer who is either dead or a golfer that has one foot in the grave and another foot on a banana peel. It is human nature to always strive to be better, whatever activity you are passionate about.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist January 15, 2022
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The statement, “Any press is good press,” might be true overall, but when it comes to the 2022 Australian Open this year and Novak Djokovic and his COVID problems with the government as the top tennis news story, I’m not so sure.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist January 13, 2022
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Hiking solo for 45 years involves very little talking, lots of listening. Hiking on Christmas Day, I began to wonder about the holiday tune, “Do you hear what I hear?” I heard some predictable greetings on Christmas Day, “Merry Christmas,” for example. When I responded with, “Merry Grinchmas,” I heard something else.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist January 6, 2022
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As our local tennis programs and play head forward, we are hoping and planning that 2022 will be a great year of junior, young adult, adult, senior and super senior play in all kinds of avenues of play and at a variety of sites in and around the Mile High City.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist January 4, 2022
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Here are some golf resolutions that we can easily keep all year round, making golf fun for everyone.

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Christmas Authorities have issued an APB, warning hikers to keep an eye on their presents until December 25th. Why?

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist December 23, 2021
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It looks like we are now facing some cold-weather challenges, especially if we love to live here and don’t want to travel to play golf in warmer temperatures (and higher greens fees).

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist December 18, 2021
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As with other Circle Trails (e.g. Prescott Circle Trail, Cabin Loop Trail, etc.), you can begin where ever you like. You can piece it together or tackle it all at once. I’ve used both approaches on the Circle Trails aforementioned.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist December 9, 2021
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With Christmas fast approaching, and the challenges our commerce and transportation is facing, let’s discuss what you might consider for that golfer on your list.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist December 4, 2021
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A new movie that is now in the theaters across the country and on HBO called “King Richard”, is about how Richard Williams devised a 78-page written plan to make his two girls (Venus and Serena who weren’t even born yet) become the greatest tennis players of their era — and against all odds achieved that dream.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist December 2, 2021
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If you read the headline, you know where this is going. After 17-plus years and more than 850 columns, I’m “retiring.” To be more precise, I’m retiring this column.

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King OF Arizona is the name given to a mine in what is now the KOFA National Wildlife Refuge.

November 25, 2021
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There is not one golfer who has topped a shot and not heard his playing partner explain this error by saying “You looked up. Keep your head down.” You follow their advice and top or even whiff the next shot. Sound familiar?

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist November 20, 2021
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Playing any sport and trying to attain better and better ability levels is a daunting task both mentally and physically.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist November 18, 2021
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For all the Bill Belichick haters out there — and there are legions of you — there’s one characteristic the New England Patriots’ coach has that employees of your favorite team probably lack: accountability.

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Moving up the east side of the State from the Wonder Land of Rocks, on our tour of diverse hiking destinations across Arizona, we come to the Blue Range Primitive Area in the White Mountains.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist November 11, 2021
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You cannot see your swing. For everyone, the swing will be different in “feel” than the way it actually looks. Your “feel” can be misleading, and often is.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist November 6, 2021
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For athletes who are at the top of their game, it’s difficult to walk away from something they love doing.

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In our quest for finding the right racquet for our tennis games, the question as we get older, a step or two slower and probably not quite as strong armed in our swings is - what head size, length and weight of racquet is in our best interest?

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist October 28, 2021
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Golf is the only sport where the ball, or object we are trying to hit to a target, is stationary.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist October 23, 2021
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Exploring the diverse hiking options across Arizona, corner to corner, we must include the Chiricahua Mountains in the southeast corner of the state.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist October 21, 2021
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Tom Brady’s first return to Foxboro as a member of the visiting team proves once again that sports is all about the money, and those dollars touch a lot of different hands.

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This is the third of a series to assist you with putting.

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Variety is the spice of life, as everyone knows. Therefore, we at Yavapai County Free Library District (YCFLD) are creating a new series of hiking videos, focusing on the diversity of hiking options in our region.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist October 7, 2021
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Every sports league has an off-season when there’s a break from having games on the field, even if it seems like they go on year ’round.

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