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John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist

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Putting is not a physical science, it is a mental art. Everybody tries to get too technical when it comes to putting. They put way too much emphasis on the mechanics.

A putt, even from two inches, counts the same as a booming 300-yard drive. The easiest area of our game (and score) to improve upon is putting.

We discussed playing in the wind and now we are in our monsoon season, which means playing in soft, wet conditions. I will share some things that I think are important to playing your best during this time of year.

Watching the NCAA Golf Championships (Men & Women) as well as the PGA and LPGA Tours’ events, it is mind-boggling how slow the governing entities allow their players to play golf.

Playing golf with your spouse can be fulfilling. The dream is to do something together with your spouse that enhances your relationship.

The way we make sense (or non-sense) of incoming data is through our senses. Those five senses are: Visual (seeing); Auditory (hearing); Kinesthetic (tactile touch); Smell and Taste. In the realm of golf, the first three are of concern.

Spend a few hours observing a “driving range” or what should be appropriately called a “practice area.” Just watch. You will see friends coaching friends, spouses teaching spouses, parents instructing children – and you hear the regurgitation (another name for this is vomit) of myths that have perpetrated golf for a long time.

The Masters Invitational at Augusta National Golf Club is being held this week. I want to share with you some history and interesting tidbits regarding the first golf major of the year.

Spring has sprung and one of the challenges we face at this time of year is the wind. And in Prescott, the wind blows a lot.

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It was great to see the Tour players honoring Arnold Palmer this past week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The new USGA Rules of Golf have been in effect for two months and there has been some consternation, discussions and changes. Watching some of the golf telecasts and listening to some of the commentators reinforces my laughable definition of an “expert” as a “person a long way from home.”

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist February 28, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day. A nice dinner, roses, candy, perfume, jewelry – all are to show your love for another. A day where many do their best to be the most romantic person to the person they love, a lofty goal given our exposure to soap operas, advertisements, tv and movies.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist February 13, 2019

We will continue our discussion with winter practice suggestions to include aim, alignment, hold and release. This is a great time to focus on your aim and alignment.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist January 30, 2019

We will continue our discussion with winter practice suggestions to get the most out of your golf game during inclement weather days.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist January 16, 2019

We are in the midst of our cold-weather golf season. In the next few columns, we will discuss what I suggest to get the most out of the days when we cannot play. In the winter, even if it is cold outside and the course is closed, you can develop better mechanics and improve your golf game without striking a single ball.

As we prepare for the new 2019 Rules of Golf, I want to discuss four rules with you. The first one, I consider a negative, while the last three, if enforced by the PGA and LPGA Tours will, I am sure, lead to their improved pace of play.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist December 5, 2018

In 2019, there will be a new procedure for dropping a ball. Your ball must be let go from knee height and fall through the air without touching any part of your body or equipment before it hits the ground.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist November 25, 2018

I am strongly suggesting that all golf clubs and courses get to work right now on marking their golf courses, having new Rule Books available, educating their players and developing their local rules to coincide with the new Rules of Golf that go in effect on January 1st.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist November 7, 2018

Some of the 2019 rule changes are going to have a huge impact on the course ratings and handicaps, especially if some local rules are implemented (i.e. out of bounds relief option, pace of play, etc.) and dependent on how the golf course is marked (i.e. out of bounds, red penalty areas, yellow penalty areas, no play zones, etc.).

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist October 24, 2018
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The R&A and USGA have made some big changes to the Rules of Golf, beginning in 2019. These changes are intended to modernize the game and speed up the pace of play.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist October 10, 2018

I ran across a newly published book that encompasses the entire history of golf, “Born on the Links: A Concise History of Golf,” written by John Williamson.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist September 26, 2018

I think we all can agree that we play golf because it is a challenge and a never-ending quest for some common goals. Some of the common goals that I hear a lot from students is that they want to be consistent, hit the ball farther, improve their accuracy, and have fun.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist September 12, 2018
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This is the third of a series to assist you with putting. We will discuss different types of strokes and how to get the most out of your practice putting sessions.

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Putting is not a physical science, it is a mental art. Everybody tries to get too technical when it comes to putting. They put way too much emphasis on the mechanics.

A putt, even from two inches, counts the same as a booming 300-yard drive. The easiest area of our game (and score) to improve upon is putting.

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We discussed playing in the wind and now we are in our monsoon season, which means playing in soft, wet conditions. I will share some things that I think are important to playing your best during this time of year.

One of the weather challenges we face playing golf is the wind. And in Prescott, the wind blows a lot. Almost all golfers dread playing in the wind as it really plays havoc with their game.

Begin reading the green and lining up your putt as soon as you reach the green. Don’t wait until it’s your turn to putt to start the process of reading the green.

We are continuing our series on slow play and how to play golf in a timely manner.

Slow play is either the result of not being taught how to play golf in a courteous manner and at a good pace or a bad habit or habits ingrained over time that cause slow play. Let’s face it, nobody likes slow play.

Most of us learned the traditional method of chipping. I was successful with the traditional method when I practiced and played a lot.

There is not one golfer who has topped a shot and 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?

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I trust all of you enjoyed the 2018 Masters Invitational this past week. I had the privilege to attend this year’s Masters with my two sons ...

As we look forward to the upcoming Masters Invitational next week at Augusta National Golf Club with great excitement and anticipation, I want to share with you some history and interesting tidbits regarding the first golf major of the year.

Golf isn’t for everyone. Before you call the USGA or the PGA, hear me out. Golf is for those who follow the golden rule. Let me explain.

Now that the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open is in the record books, I would like to share my observations of the PGA Tour and its players.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist February 28, 2018

I have seen many boyfriends/girlfriends, spouses, friends and parents doing their best to teach those they care about how to play golf.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist February 14, 2018

As an Arizona native who was born in Tucson and grew up in the Phoenix area, Papago was my home course and I worked there as a teenager.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist January 31, 2018
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