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Why Golf?

Why Golf?

The Mystery of the Game Revisited

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  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439130391 | 
  • June 2008
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Why the Blind Baby Smiled

Probably ninety percent of human outdoor games consist in the propulsion of a spheroid or spheroidal object to a certain spot.

-- Haultain

The essence of golf is simple. The player has a ball. It lies at point A. Using a club, he tries to move it to point B.

It is an essentially useless endeavor. The ball does the player no more good at point B than it did at point A. There is no evident reason why moving it there should make him happy.

Yet there is no doubt that it does. Before there were courses and rules, scores and tournaments, before there was even a game called golf, there... see more

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