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Letter: Infamous 16th hole lets golfers ‘feel’ the game

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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 8:31 am

Terry Bradshaw made a quote just before playing the Dallas Cowboys for the Super Bowl. Hollywood Henderson, of the Dallas Cowboys said, “Bradshaw couldn’t spell CAT if you spotted him the C and the T.” Bradshaw just laughed and said prophetically, ”who said you have to be a PHD to be a winning quarterback?”

Guess what QB never lost a Super Bowl because he had fun, great eye skills to see the whole field, put the ball on the money to his recievers (one where he was knocked unconscious to Lynn Swann) and called his own plays? Seeing the big picture can be trained or you might be born with it, you play by feel or subconscious, trust it and do it. When I learned the game I watched Arnold Palmer who played with passion, was peripheral and had fun.

The teachers and sports psychologists load up players to be heavy thinkers so they lose their “feel” or big picture to play their best. If you are not having fun then you can’t see the big picture, your doing it wrong and it makes you tight plus you don’t trust your soul or intuition and instincts. The child can’t come out to play.

The Phoenix Thunderbirds knew this when they invented the famous 16th hole at TPC Scottdale — the stadium hole. When you are laughing and having fun your blinders are out, you see easy, trust what you see, feel it (subconscious or automatic) and do it to true potential. Make golf a game again. It ain’t “rocket science” or as Terry Bradshaw probably would say, ”’Who says you have to have a high IQ or expert to be a great golfer?” Golf is a game, you are supposed to have fun.

Jeff Eger


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