Struggling to break the color barrier in the Professional Golfers Association five decades ago, Charlie Sifford got a tip from Jackie Robinson, who had done the same thing for Major League Baseball. "You can’t be going after these people who call you names with a golf club,” Robinson told him. “If you do that, you’ll ruin it for all of the black players to come.”
Most of us - well, at least the golfers among us - can only dream of hitting a hole-in-one. Actuaries tell us that the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one on a par 3 are approximately 12,500 to 1.
One reason that golf is a great lifetime sport is that you don't have to finish first in a tournament or even finish with the best score in your regular foursome to be a winner.
Looking every inch a champion, the great South African golfer Gary Player is in the news, as ESPN The Magazine releases photos from its upcoming "Body Issue." The magazine will have eight different covers on news stands; the 77-year-old Player graces one of them, a pair of golf clubs his lone accessory.
If you're a golfer, you know how important it is to keep your clubs clean, since dirt, grass, and other debris that accumulates on a clubhead can dramatically affect how it interacts with a golf ball at the moment of impact. And you also know what a pain it is to have to scrub golf clubs by hand with a toothbrush. That's why you should be thankful for the ingenuity of Stan Morantz.
Scrolling through Twitter the other night, I stumbled came across a great story by Golf Digest senior editor Stina Sternberg about an 85-year-old Ohio woman who got fitted for a new set of golf clubs.
Warm weather and springtime mean it's finally time for outdoor sports - and now that it's now officially baseball season (my favorite season of the year)...we can add another sport to the list to watch: today marks the beginning of the Masters Tournament!
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