This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... by a professional and a caddie. -- It would be an interesting experiment to add to these a psychologist, a leech, a ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... by a professional and a caddie. -- It would be an interesting experiment to add to these a psychologist, a leech, a chirurgeon, a psychiatrist, an apothecary, and a parson. To sum up, then, in what does the secret of golf lie? Not in one thing; but in many. And in many so mysteriously conjoined, so incomprehensibly interwoven, as to baffle analysis. The mind plays as large a part as the muscles; and perhaps the moral nature as large a part as the mind. Suffice it to say that all golfers know that golf must be played seriously, earnestly; as seriously, as earnestly, as life. XCI But may not also the simple delights of the game and its surroundings, with their effect upon the mind and the emotions, be included under the allurements and the mystery of golf? My knowledge of links up to the present is limited, but on mine there are delights which, to me a duffer, are like Pisgah sights: hills, valleys, trees, a gleaming lake in the distance, a grand and beloved piece of bunting lending gorgeous colour to the scene; a hospitable club-house with spacious verandahs and armchairs; shower-baths; tea and toast; whisky and soda; genial companionship; and the ever delectable pipe. Has any one yet sung these delights of the game? the comradeship in sport, the friendliness, the community of sentiment, the frankness of speech, the good-will, the "generosity in trifles"? Or of the links themselves?, the great breeze that greets you on the hill, the whiffs of air--pungent, penetrating--that come through green things growing, the hot smell of pines at noon, the wet smell of fallen leaves in autumn, the damp and heavy air of the valleys at eve, the lungs full of oxygen, the sense of freedom on a great expanse, the exhilaration, the vastness, the buoyancy, ...Read Less
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