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Don't Read This Golf Article: It's Actually About the Game!

RICHMOND, TX - NOVEMBER 23:  Na Yeon Choi of South Korea chats with her caddie Paul Fusco on the 18th green during the final round of the LPGA Tour Championship presented by Rolex at the Houstonian Golf and Country Club on November 23, 2009 in Richmond, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Larry SnarkvilleAnalyst IDecember 12, 2009

There are not many hard and fast rules when it comes to golf.

This is such a fickle game.

On days I feel great, I can just as easily shit the bed as I can play well.

On days when my hands are swollen and my head hurts, I can often still play great. I've quit trying to figure out this nonsense (not really).

Anyway, there are some things, however meager they seem, that tend to be as close to "givens" as you're likely to find in golf. Here are a few:

1. With putting, speed is generally more important than line.

2. If in doubt (between clubs), take more.

3. On par three's, the middle of the green is the target (good enough for Jack, good enough for me).

4. Accuracy over distance.

5. It's easier to turn a bogey into double or triple than it is to make bogey.

6. When it comes to greenside bunkers, out is good.

7. Putts that don't make it to the hole will never go in.

8. Approximately 60-70 percent of your total shots per round are from 100 yards and in.

9. Focus on the shot you WANT to hit.

10. To make a good putt, you must hit a good putt.

What? And no mention of "him?"

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