Golf Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Golf [NOOK Book]

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What causes a golf ball to hook or slice? What are the origins of the terms ?bogey? and ?birdie?? Why was Jack Nicklaus called ?The Golden Bear?? ?Why is the Masters champion presented with a green jacket? How many tournaments did Byron Nelson win in 1945?

With Golf Miscellany, the fascinating history and lore of golf are finally revealed! For example, the reason a golf ball hooks or slices is that its spin drags a layer of air across one surface of the ball faster than it does ...

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Golf Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Golf

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Overview

What causes a golf ball to hook or slice? What are the origins of the terms “bogey” and “birdie”? Why was Jack Nicklaus called “The Golden Bear”? “Why is the Masters champion presented with a green jacket? How many tournaments did Byron Nelson win in 1945?

With Golf Miscellany, the fascinating history and lore of golf are finally revealed! For example, the reason a golf ball hooks or slices is that its spin drags a layer of air across one surface of the ball faster than it does across the opposite surface. “Bogey” refers to a score of one over par on a golf hole, the term originating from a British song from the late nineteenth century. Jack Nicklaus was dubbed The Golden Bear by his former agent, Mark McCormick, because he was “large, strong, and blonde.” Every Masters champion since 1949 has been presented with a green jacket, indicating their membership in the exclusive private club. And the great Byron Nelson won a whopping eighteen tournaments in 1945 including eleven in a row, both records which stand to this day.

Packed with all manner of delightful surprises, beautiful illustrations and photos, and surprising nuggets of information, Golf Miscellany demystifies the origins and customs of one of the world’s most celebrated game. From the driving range through the U.S. Open, you’ll be entertained with fun, little-known facts. Why do golfers wear collared shirts? Who invented the modern putter? What golfer was famous for saying he dug his golf game out of the dirt? Settle into your favorite armchair, sip on an Arnold Palmer, and find out!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620872451
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Books of Miscellany
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,231,269
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Matthew Silverman is co-author of Mets by the Numbers (with John Springer), Cubs by the Numbers (with Al Yellon and Kasey Ignarski), Red Sox by the Numbers (with Bill Nowlin), and Shea Goodbye (with Keith Hernandez) and the author of Mets Essential, 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, and Baseball Miscellany. He also served as the associate publisher at Total Sports Publishing, editing titles such as Total Baseball and Total Football. He lives in High Falls, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction x

1 Why is it Called Golf? 4

2 What's Inside a Golf Ballo ? 12

3 Shhh! Why Do You Have to Be So Quiet When Someone is Hitting a Golf Ball? 18

4 Why Was Golf Once Banned in Scotland? 26

5 Why Can't You Ground Your Club in the Sand? 32

6 Why Are Golfers Expected to Call Fouls on Themselves? 38

7 Why Do Some Places Play Golf Under the Lights? 44

8 Why Do They Call it the Ryder Cup? 54

9 Are All the Best Golf Courses Private? 61

10 How Did Golf Get to Be So Popular With Athletes in Other Sports? 71

11 If Women Can Compete in Men's Tournaments, Can Men Compete in Women's Tournaments? 79

12 What is the Difference Between White, Red, and Yellow Stakes on a Golf Course? 88

13 Why is the First Major of the Year Called 'the Masters'? 98

14 What is a Golf Handicap? 106

15 How Did the Rivalry Between Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer Begin? 116

16 When Were African Americans Finally Allowed to Compete in Tournaments? 126

17 What is the Difference Between the Usga and the Pga? 133

18 Why Are Golf Courses 18 Holes in Length? 142

19 A Quick Nine 156

How Did Tiger Woods Get His Nickname? 157

Why is Lemonade and Iced Tea Mixed Together Called An 'arnold Palmer'? 159

Why is a Claret Jug Awarded to the Winner of the British Open? 162

Why Don't Pga Players Ride in Carts During Tournaments? 162

Is Gamesmanship Ethical? 166

Wow Do You Play With a Caddy? 168

Why Isn't the Hole Larger? 171

Why Do All the Majors Have Different Playoff Formats? 172

How are the World Rankings Determined? 175

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