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John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist

Stories by John

Gunby: Educating players on local golf rules

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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.

Gunby: Rule changes to come for 2019 golf ratings, handicaps

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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.).

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Gunby: Golf rules changes will help speed pace of play

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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.

Gunby: Rules of golf and their evolution

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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.

Gunby: How to pick out the best golf equipment for your game

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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.

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Gunby: More putting, part 3: Firing on faster greens

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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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Gunby: Putting is a mental art

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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.

Gunby: Putting, the great equalizer in golf

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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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Gunby: Playing the course during monsoon season

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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.

Gunby: In Prescott, they call the wind ‘Mariah’

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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.

Gunby: Lining up your putt after reaching the green

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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.

Gunby: Continuing the conversation about slow play on the golf course

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

Gunby: Let’s face it, nobody likes slow play in golf

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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.

Gunby: ‘Snot over shot’ or ‘Boogers over ball’

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

Gunby: The myth of keeping your head down

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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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Gunby: Learning from the Masters

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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 ...

Gunby: History, interesting tidbits for the first golf major in 2018 at Augusta

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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.

Gunby: Before taking a swing, be sure to follow the golden rule

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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.

Gunby: The greatest ‘game’ on grass

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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.

Column: Teaching the game of golf to your friends

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

Column: An introduction to our new golf columnist, John Gunby

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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.