Short Putts…Barney Beard Golf

Before each round of golf, spend at least five minutes practicing short putts, really short putts.

Being able to make short putts is the single most important part of the golfer’s game. On the scorecard, a two foot putt counts the same as a two hundred yard drive.

Here’s a review of the set up for short putts:

  1. The shorter the putter, the better. Grip the bottom of the handle with your bottom fingers on the shaft of your putter.
  2. You want a stable-table. Your lower body must be firmly attached to the ground. To achieve this, put 95% of your weight on your heels. This will anchor your lower body to the ground.
  3. There is no weight shift in putting.
  4. Bend your knees.
  5. Stand close to ball, the closer the better.
  6. Try to have your EYES directly above the ball.
  7. Maintain a steady head. During the putting stroke the head should not move left or right or up and down.
  8. The wrists should hardly move during the stroke. Don’t flip at the ball by using your wrists.
  9. The stroke should be made by gently rocking the shoulders. (left hand low helps to limit wrist movement)
  10. The backswing should be short, as short as you can make it without stabbing at the ball.

Here’s the drill to help you learn to make more short putts:

  1. Take four balls and your putter to the practice green.
  2. Find a hole that is flat with no break.
  3. Place a ball no more than 10 inches from the hole.
  4. Leave the little flagstick in.
  5. Hit the putt and try to make your golf ball hit the little flagstick dead center.
  6. When you can make eight putts in a row, hitting the flagstick dead center, then go to 11 inches from the cup and repeat. You get the point.

You may think this a silly little drill, but it teaches the golfer important things about short putts.

It will teach you to find/see the center of the hole from short distances and give you a great deal of confidence when you have a 2 or 3 foot putt during your round.

When you can make eight putts in a row from 18 inches you’ll be the best putter on your block.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

ps. I’ve been collecting useful golf instructional books for my students or anyone. I keep them in my truck. If you are interested in any of the following titles come by the range and purchase any  for $2.00. All books are used and in good to excellent condition. Some appear to have never been read.  Here’s the list: Golf Begins at 50 by: Gary Player, Augusta National & The Masters: A Photographers Scrapbook, David Ledbetter’s Positive Practice, Dave Peltz Short Game Bible, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by: Bob Rotella, Little Red Book by: Harvey Penick, From the Fairway by: Michael Hobbs, Trouble Shooting by: Michael Hobbs, For All Who Love the Game by: Harvey Penick, And if You Play Golf You’re My Friend by: Harvey Penick, Are you Kidding Me? Rocco Mediate,

ps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee. My Momma would be proud of me. My book, Golf for Beginners won two awards, the silver from FAPA  and the Elit bronze.

pps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: Left Hand Version.

ppps. I also have a blog about stories and letters for my grandchildren. Click Here.

Copyright 2020 Barney Beard Golf. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author.

Well, I’ve finally done it. My historical novel about the Cherokee deportation, A White Killing Frost, is on the shelf ready for you to check out in the Lady Lake Library and the Sumter County Library in Wildwood. It’s also available in almost every public library system in both Georgia and Florida. How good is that? Also, you can buy it directly from me off my tailgate for a discount price and you won’t have to pay shipping. I suppose I am a late bloomer, as my mom suggested long ago. How good is that? The book is also available on Amazon both digitally and hard copy. The digital book is only $2.99.Click Here.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Putting: the Soul of Golf…Bobby Locke…Barney Beard Golf

 

Putting is the Soul of Golf

Putting can be divided into four different areas

Putts less than 4 feet.

Putts less than 20 feet.

Putts longer than 20 feet.

Putting from off the green.

 

Some golfers are born with an ability to putt. They’re able to make short putts, lag longer putts up beside the hole and almost always avoid the dreaded 3-putt. If you’re this kind of natural putter, stop reading. Whatever it is you have that enables you to send the ball where you want to with your putter, is wonderful. I don’t want to mess with your innate skill. I don’t want to upset your nicely arranged God-given apple cart.

However, if you’re not a natural putter, read on. If you’re the kind of person who likes to read and do a little research, do yourself a favor and learn a little bit about Bobby Locke and his approach to putting and you might also find my little offering here useful. I hope so.

  1. Learn to Read Greens. Sometimes the slope on a green is dramatic and easily seen. Other times the slope on a green is subtle and near impossible to detect. Therefore, learning to ‘read’ the green is critical if you want to be a good putter. Here’s an excellent way to learn to ‘read’ greens. Take four balls to the practice green. Slowly roll a ball underhanded with just enough force to make it travel twenty or thirty feet. Roll it much like you would roll a bowling ball. Watch the golf ball slowly roll across the green’s surface. Watch what happens to the golf ball as it rolls. Observe how it travels along the slopes and contours of the green. Roll a second ball slowly. Observe. Learn. Roll and observe a golf ball on the same path ten times. Learn. Do this manually first. Don’t use your putter. You don’t want to teach yourself the bad habit of jerking your head up the moment you strike the ball in order to observe the ball. After you have rolled about ten balls manually and learned, then try your putter. Observe. Feel. Learn.
  2. All Putts are Straight. The golfer can only start a putted ball in a straight line. Gravity, slope of the green, speed, momentum, grain of the grass and friction will determine the path the putt will travel and precisely where the putted ball will stop. A golfer learns from experience what will cause a ball to curve as it rolls on an unlevel surface. Experience will teach a golfer how hard to strike a ball to make it travel a given distance uphill or downhill.  In any case, once the golfer has determined what the putt will do once it is rolling towards its target, the golfer will decide precisely what line to start the putt. The golfer can only strike the ball on a single, straight, given line. It is critical the golfer sees in the mind the first twelve inches of the putt and imagines those first inches his putted ball will travel to be a straight line, a straight line, a straight line. You get the picture. If you strike the ball with your putter while imagining curved lines, you’re imagining something you can never accomplish. After you have ‘read’ the green, determine the initial line and as you are standing over the putt you’re imagining a straight line directly in front of your ball leading away from your ball. Once you’re ready to putt, never imagine a long curved line.
  3. Spot Putting. You know how to set up to putt. You know how to read the greens. All you have to do now is start the ball on the line that will take it to the hole. How do you do that? Be a spot putter. See a spot on the surface of the green about twelve inches in front of your ball. It is a spot directly on the line you want to start the putted ball. It is the spot you want the ball to roll directly over. No matter how long the putt, no matter how drastically the ball will curve later, you must see those first twelve inches of the ball’s path and imagine a perfectly straight putt coming off your putter. You must roll the ball over a near target, a spot, twelve inches or so in front of your ball. The spot you choose will be some imperfection in the surface of the green, a spike mark, a discoloration or such like. Remember: All putts begin as a straight line. That’s paramount.
  4. Hear the Ball Fall into the Cup. This is difficult for most people. We want to see. We want to follow the path of the ball to the cup with our eyes. We want to watch the ball fall. We want to see. The problem with watching our putt is we tend to look too quickly. We tend to move our bodies before the ball has left our putter face. Try this on the practice green: take four balls and find a flat putt of about 4 feet. Putt the four balls and listen. Don’t look up until you hear the ball fall into the hole or you’re sure the ball has stopped rolling. Do this and learn. I guarantee if you do this you’ll learn a great deal about striking a golf ball with a putter and you’ll improve your putting.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

ps. I’ve been collecting useful golf instructional books for sale to my students or anyone. I keep them in my truck. If you are interested in any of the following titles come by the range and purchase any  for $2.00. All books are used and in good to excellent condition. Some appear to have never been read.  Here’s the list: Golf Begins at 50 by: Gary Player, Augusta National & The Masters: A Photographers Scrapbook, David Ledbetter’s Positive Practice, Dave Peltz Short Game Bible, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by: Bob Rotella, Little Red Book by: Harvey Penick, From the Fairway by: Michael Hobbs, Trouble Shooting by: Michael Hobbs, For All Who Love the Game by: Harvey Penick, And if You Play Golf You’re My Friend by: Harvey Penick, Are you Kidding Me? Rocco Mediate,

ps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee. My Momma would be proud of me. My book, Golf for Beginners won two awards, the silver from FAPA  and the Elit bronze.

pps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: Left Hand Version.

ppps. I also have a blog about stories and letters for my grandchildren. Click Here.

Copyright 2020 Barney Beard Golf. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author.

Well, I’ve finally done it. My historical novel about the Cherokee deportation, A White Killing Frost, is on the shelf ready for you to check out in the Lady Lake Library and the Sumter County Library in Wildwood. It’s also available in almost every public library system in both Georgia and Florida. How good is that? Also, you can buy it directly from me off my tailgate for a discount price and you won’t have to pay shipping. I suppose I am a late bloomer, as my mom suggested long ago. How good is that? The book is also available on Amazon both digitally and hard copy. The digital book is only $2.99.Click Here.

 

 

 

  1. You want a stable-table. Your lower body must be firmly attached to the ground. To achieve this, put 95% of your weight on your heels. This will anchor your lower body to the ground
  2. Bend your knees.
  3. Stand close to ball…the closer the better.
  4. Try to have your EYE over the top of the ball.
  5. You want a steady head. During the putting stroke the head should not move left or right or up and down.
  6. The wrists should hardly move during the stroke.
  7. The stroke should be made by gently rocking the shoulders.
  8. The backswing should be short…as short as you can make it without stabbing at the ball.

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Common Short Game Shots…Barney Beard Golf

If you want to break 100 consistently you’ll do yourself a favor to understand and learn to execute the common shots in the short game. Know when to use each of the following shots and the basic technique for each.

You must get on the right bus to get to the right place.

The set-up is most important in each of these shots. Set yourself up correctly and your chances of accomplishing what you have in mind are increased. Set up improperly and you’ll be on the wrong bus, you’ll go to the wrong place and it will cost you when you get back to the clubhouse.

Here are the most common shots in the short game:

  1. Putts less than 4 feet—short putts.
  2. Putts 20 feet or less—mid range putts.
  3. Putts 20 feet and longer—lag putts.
  4. Putting from off the Green.
  5. Chipping.
  6. Pitching.
  7. Greenside Bunker Shots.

Here’s a brief description of each shot and the proper set-up for each. If you have any questions, please send an email to: barneybeardgolf@yahoo.com. Ask me anything.

Note: With all ‘partial shots’ of the short game, the length of backswing controls distance. A short shot requires a short backswing. The shorter the shot, the shorter the backswing. The longer the shot, the longer the backswing. You’ll have to do a bit of practicing to learn to control your backswing to get the desired distance.

Rule of thumb: Use the shortest backswing possible for the distance required. The head of the golf club must always be on the increase of speed as it approaches the golf ball. I can’t emphasize this enough. If your backswing is too long, it will cause you to allow the clubhead to slow as it approaches the ball.

  1. Putts less than 4 feet–short putts. This is the most common shot in golf. Every golfer who has ever played the game has to face this shot on almost every hole. Even the best don’t make many putts over 4 feet. Here’s how to practice: Go to the practice green. Find a hole on a flat spot. Put a ball 10 inches from the cup. Strike the putt and hit the little standard in the cup dead center with your golf ball. When you can do that 10 times in a row at 10 inches, go to 11 inches from the cup and do it 10 times in a row. You get the picture. Set-up for short putts: 99% of your weight on your heels. No lateral head movement. Grip down the putter handle. The shorter the putter, the better. No wrist movement. Your arms and the club swing smoothly as if they were a pendulum hinged on your shoulders. If you’re not a good putter, try left hand low. Use the shortest backswing possible and still get the ball to the hole.
  2. Putts 20 feet or less-mid range putts. Not even professionals make many of these. You won’t either. Your task is to make sure your ball stops so close you can tap it in with one hand. Here’s how to practice: Go to the practice range and find a flat putt of about 20 feet. Putt four balls to the cup. Stop all four balls within 6 inches of the hole. Your task is to make sure the ball stops within 6 inches of the cup. Set-up for 20 foot putts: Same set up as for the short putts. Use the shortest backswing possible.
  3. Putts 20 feet and longer-lag putts. Set up for lag putting: Same as shorter putts. However, as the putts get longer more wrist action will be necessary. This will come naturally with practice. Here’s how to practice: Go to the practice green. Take 4 balls. Practice long putts. Your task is to learn to ‘read’ the green. You’ll have to learn what gravity will do to the ball as it travels over ‘potato chip’ greens. Learn to study a long putt and determine what the starting line of the putt will be and how hard to strike the ball in order to stop the golf ball close to the hole. In lag putting you want to become a hula-hoop putter, that is, learn to stop the ball within a hula-hoop’s distance from the hole.
  4. Putting from off the green. If ground conditions permit, putt when you’re not on the green. How far away should you putt when you’re not on the green? As far away as the ground conditions will allow. Thirty yards wouldn’t be too far if the ground is smooth and the ball’s roll is predictable. Learning to putt from off the green is one of the most important skills you can ever develop in golf. Learning to putt from off the green will teach you when to chip and when to pitch. Set up for putting from off the green: Your stance and grip will be much like the stance and grip for any iron shot. When putting from off the green you’ll play the ball closer to your left foot than your right. You want to catch the ball ever so slightly on the upswing to get it running on top of the grass. Here’s how to practice: Go to different practice greens and learn when ground conditions permit putting from off the green and when unpredictable ground conditions prevent putting from off the green. Learn this by practice.
  5. Chipping. You’ll chip when you can’t putt from off the green. Chipping is a low-trajectory shot that barely gets up into the air. It spends very little time in the air. A chip will roll a much longer distance than it flies. When the golfer is off the green and unpredictable ground conditions prevent putting, the golfer will chip. Set up for chipping: You’ll chip with a mid lofted iron, like a 7 iron.  Grip down the 7 iron to the shaft to make it shorter and have more control, play it off the right big toe, weight on the left foot, no weight shift to the right foot, stand close to the ball. You’ll strike the ball with almost the exact same force as if you were going to putt the ball the same distance. The bottom of the 7 iron will bump the ground directly under the ball. The ball will fly over the unpredictable ground conditions knee high or lower and roll to the flag as if it were a putt. A chip will travel a short distance in the air and a long distance on the ground as it rolls to the cup.
  6. Pitching. Putt from off the green whenever you can. Chip when you can’t putt. Pitch when you can’t chip. Pitching is the most difficult of all short game shots. Pitching is a high trajectory shot with a high lofted wedge that rolls very little when it hits the ground. You’ll use this shot when you have to go over a sand trap or other such intervening problem and stop the ball quickly by the hole. If you’re off the green, your first choice will be putting. If unpredictable ground conditions prevent putting, you’ll chip. If there is an intervening hazard between you and area around the flagstick which prevents chipping, you’ll have to pitch. A pitch shot goes high and stops quickly. Pitching is the last choice in the short game arsenal. When you pitch, the best club to use is a 56° sand wedge or a 60° lob wedge. Never use a pitching wedge to pitch. The modern pitching wedge has about 45° loft. ‘Pitching Wedge’ is the old name for the highest lofted club in the golfer’s bag before the invention of the sand wedge in 1932. Set up for pitching: When you pitch, you’ll play the ball in the middle to middle back of your stance, closer to your right foot than your left. You’ll use a regular swing with quiet feet. Like all shots, you must have a stable table. Important: The bottom of the wedge must disturb the soil at the moment of impact or it won’t work.
  7. Greenside Bunkers. The technique for getting out of sand traps is simple. Imagine the golf ball lying on a dollar bill. Imagine the golf ball sitting on George’s face. Let your sand wedge remove a layer of sand that would be covered by the dollar bill. The metal of the golf club will not contact the ball. The ball will be thrown out of the sand trap on a layer of sand on the clubface of the sand wedge. Set up for greenside bunker shots:  Once you’re ready to take your stance, make certain you have good footing. Screw your shoes into the sand. Play the ball more forward than normal because you’ll strike the sand a couple of inches behind the ball. Open the clubface dramatically. This makes the bottom of the clubhead behave like a sled. The bottom of the clubhead will hit the sand, take a layer of sand but it won’t dig and take too much sand. You’ll have to swing hard enough to get the sand and the ball and get the ball to go far enough. This shot is often called an ‘explosion shot’ because of the explosion of sand that comes when the golfer swings hard and takes the ‘dollar bill’ of sand from under the ball.

The above information is brief. It should get you on the right bus and if you work at it you’ll get to the right place.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game

Barney Beard

ps. I’ve been collecting useful golf instructional books for sale to my students or anyone. I keep them in my truck. If you are interested in any of the following titles come by the range and purchase any  for $2.00. All books are used and in good to excellent condition. Some appear to have never been read.  Here’s the list: Golf Begins at 50 by: Gary Player, Augusta National & The Masters: A Photographers Scrapbook, David Ledbetter’s Positive Practice, Dave Peltz Short Game Bible, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by: Bob Rotella, Little Red Book by: Harvey Penick, From the Fairway by: Michael Hobbs, Trouble Shooting by: Michael Hobbs, For All Who Love the Game by: Harvey Penick, And if You Play Golf You’re My Friend by: Harvey Penick, Are you Kidding Me? Rocco Mediate,

ps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee. My Momma would be proud of me. My book, Golf for Beginners won two awards, the silver from FAPA  and the Elit bronze.

pps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: Left Hand Version.

ppps. I also have a blog about stories and letters for my grandchildren. Click Here.

Copyright 2019 Barney Beard Golf. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author.

Well, I’ve finally done it. My historical novel about the Cherokee deportation, A White Killing Frost, is on the shelf ready for you to check out in the Lady Lake Library and the Sumter County Library in Wildwood. It’s also available in almost every public library system in both Georgia and Florida. How good is that? Also, you can buy it directly from me off my tailgate for a discount price and you won’t have to pay shipping. I suppose I am a late bloomer, as my mom suggested long ago. How good is that? The book is also available on Amazon both digitally and hard copy. The digital book is only $2.99.Click Here.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

What is the Short Game in Golf?….Barney Beard Golf

What is the Short Game?

Before I begin, I want to wish every one you a very Happy New Year. This coming year is special . You’ll be able to see much better after next Wednesday, won’t you? Why? Because the New Year is 2020. Your optometrist will be pleased. You’ll certainly play better golf, won’t you?

What is the short game? The term ‘short game’ describes that part of the golfer’s game when the golfer is so close to the green a full shot with any club cannot be taken. A full swing would send the ball too far. The golfer must use short game skills when the golfer is so close to the green he/she cannot make a full swing with any club.

Here’s another way to think about the short game. Let’s say, for the sake of illustration only, a golfer with a full swing hits their:

  • 8 iron 100 yards
  • 9 iron 90 yards
  • pitching wedge 80 yards
  • sand wedge 60 yards.

(Note: The sand wedge can be used out of the sand, on the fairway and around the green. The name sand wedge doesn’t limit it’s use to only sand.)

All the above distances are with a full swing. As you already know, the golfer wants to develop one consistent swing for all clubs. What club and what swing would the above golfer use if 50 yards from the flag? At 50 yards the golfer is too close to use the trusted full swing with the sand wedge. A full swing with the sand wedge would cause the ball to travel 60 yards, a full 10 yards past the flag. Oh no.

What to do? The answer is, if you’re too close to the green to use a full swing you’ll have to use a ‘Part Shot’. In other words, you’ll have to shorten your backswing which will result in the ball going a shorter distance. Easy-Peasy, Lemon-Squeezy.

Here’s the rule for your short game:

Hit shorter distances with any club by shortening the backswing.

Let’s say you hit your sand wedge 60 yards with a full swing. You have discovered if you slightly shorten your backswing with your sand wedge you’ll hit the ball about 50 yards. What a great discovery. Then you discover if you shorten your backswing even further with your sand wedge you can hit your sand wedge, the club with the highest loft of any club in your bag, about 40 yards.

Well, you’re pleased with yourself, aren’t you? Now you decide to shorten your backswing even further and you discover you can hit little pitch shots close around the green and fly the ball over little mounds, patches of heavy grass, greenside bunkers and any unpredictable ground conditions. With your short backswing you have learned to fly the ball over trouble and land the ball on the smooth surface of the green to give yourself a makeable putt.

What’s even better is you occasionally go to the practice green/range and practice ‘Part Shots’ with your sand wedge.

You’ve learned you don’t hit the ball shorter distances by hitting the ball easier. You have learned that trying to hit the ball easier around the green never works. The only way to have a successful short game is to hit a ‘Part Shot’ is by shortening your backswing the appropriate amount for the appropriate distance.

Summary:

  1. The short game is that part of the golfer’s game around the green when the golfer cannot use a full swing with any club.
  2. In order to hit the ball a shorter distance with any club the golfer must shorten the backswing.
  3. A shot taken with a shortened backswing is called a ‘Part Shot’.
  4. With practice, the golfer can learn to hit a golf ball shorter distances with consistency by shortening the backswing.
  5. Golfers should practice the short game more frequently than the long game.
  6. More shots are gained and lost in the short game than anywhere else.

 

Hit the ball shorter distances by shortening the backswing.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

ps. I’ve been collecting golf instructional books for sale to my students or anyone. I keep them in my truck. If you are interested in any of the following titles come by the range and purchase any  for $2.00. All books are used and in good to excellent condition. Some appear to have never been read. All are useful. Here’s the list: Golf Begins at 50 by: Gary Player, Augusta National & The Masters: A Photographers Scrapbook, David Ledbetter’s Positive Practice, Dave Peltz Short Game Bible, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by: Bob Rotella, Little Red Book by: Harvey Penick, From the Fairway by: Michael Hobbs, Trouble Shooting by: Michael Hobbs, For All Who Love the Game by: Harvey Penick, And if You Play Golf You’re My Friend by: Harvey Penick, Are you Kidding Me? Rocco Mediate,

ps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee. My Momma would be proud of me. My book, Golf for Beginners won two awards, the silver from FAPA  and the Elit bronze.

pps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: Left Hand Version.

ppps. I also have a blog about stories and letters for my grandchildren. Click Here.

Copyright 2019 Barney Beard Golf. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author.

Well, I’ve finally done it. My historical novel about the Cherokee deportation, A White Killing Frost, is on the shelf ready for you to check out in the Lady Lake Library and the Sumter County Library in Wildwood. It’s also available in almost every public library system in both Georgia and Florida. How good is that? Also, you can buy it directly from me off my tailgate for a discount price and you won’t have to pay shipping. I suppose I am a late bloomer, as my mom suggested long ago. How good is that? The book is also available on Amazon both digitally and hard copy. The digital book is only $2.99.Click Here.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Merry Christmas!! I Wish You a Stable Table! Barney Beard

Merry Christmas to all.

I wish you all a stable table for Christmas and quiet feet in the New Year, a consistent increase in your bank account and a consistent decrease in your golf score!

I’ve been busy this Christmas season. I’ve been writing and I’ve written a little end of the year story just for you.

I normally post these stories on my ‘Letters to My Grandchildren’ blog but this marvelous Christmas Eve I thought I would share this story with you, both on my ‘Letters to My Grandchildren’ blog and here on this site. I sitting here this lovely, cool Christmas Eve listening to traditional Christmas music I remember as my mother’s favorites, drinking egg nog and absorbing the odors of pumpkin pie and baked ham. Wish you were here!

Here’s the story I’ve written just for you. Let me know what you think.

Merry Christmas!

The Ordinary Man and the Book Dragon

© 2019 by Barney Beard

My Dear Grandchildren,

Before you read, I want to tell you something. I like to read books. I like to write books. I like to give books to my grandchildren. I like to have books under my bed, in the closet and under my chair. I like to have books everywhere. I found this marvelous quote by C. S. Lewis. I must confess, the growing number of folks who think books and bookshelves a nuisance, disturbs me.

“I am a product of endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books two deep in the study, books two deep in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books two deep in the great bookcase on the landing, books in the bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons, I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had the certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.” C. S. Lewis

Chapter One   The Ordinary Man

Once upon a time there was an ordinary man who had an ordinary family. He lived in an ordinary house and drove an ordinary car to his ordinary work. If you were to pass this ordinary man in the aisle at the grocery store or if you were to walk past him on the sidewalk in your town, you wouldn’t notice him. He was ordinary.

If you did happen to glance at him, you wouldn’t remember him, for he was quite ordinary.

Day after day after day the ordinary man worked in an ordinary factory at his ordinary job. He worked for years and years and years and years doing the same ordinary thing all day, every day.

The ordinary man always worked. He was never lazy. The ordinary man worked because he loved his family.

He believed what his father told him when he was a boy, “If you can put both feet on the floor in the morning, you can go to work,” and that’s what he did. He worked. The ordinary man always went to work. The ordinary man was reliable. He never missed a day of school or a day of work in his life.

Because he was ordinary and loved his family, he made certain his children had shoes on their feet, tasty food on the table and a safe, warm, dry, snuggly place to sleep at night.

It was a good thing the ordinary man worked hard at his ordinary job because he had eight children. The ordinary man loved his children, every one of them.

Each evening as the ordinary man arrived home after his ordinary work, his children would greet him merrily at the door and squeeze him with multitudes of hugs and cover his face with soft kisses and tell him how glad they were he had come home.

Every evening the ordinary man and his ordinary family would eat together. After their wonderful, nutritious meal of ordinary food, his entire ordinary family would sit by the fire and listen to the ordinary man read aloud.

The ordinary house was warm and made a great deal warmer by the marvelous stories, the exciting tales of adventure and the multitudes of sagas, narratives, fables and yarns the ordinary man would read aloud to his children.

This man was quite ordinary. He lived in an ordinary part of the country on an ordinary street with dozens and dozens of ordinary houses occupied by ordinary people who lived ordinary lives much like his, but there was one extraordinary thing about this ordinary man. He loved books and he loved to read.

Chapter two  Extraordinary on the Inside

The ordinary man was ordinary on the outside, but extra-ordinary on the inside, extra-ordinary indeed because he loved to read books. He loved to read. He didn’t watch television. He liked to use his thinker when he was reading. He liked to read the thinks that other people were thinking. In a book, the ordinary man could read the thinks of people who lived long ago.

While reading, his extraordinary thinker was busy thinking about all kinds of thinks. He used his thinker. His thinker was always full of thinks.

He didn’t watch the news or weather. In fact, he didn’t watch television at all. He didn’t listen to radio talk shows or allow his mind to be anesthetized by constant background music.

The ordinary man liked to think. He would think all day and half the night about the things he had been reading. He would read books written by people who wrote about what went on inside of their thinker.

The ordinary man understood that reading is television in reverse. The ordinary man understood that reading activated his own imagination and intelligence. Reading gave his own ideas reality and helped him see the world in a new way.

The ordinary man had learned that those who watch television have someone else’s imagination pumped into their brain with visual images. He knew when a person stares at the dumb television, somebody else’s ideas are going into that person’s head. His father had told him:

The television puts things in, It tells you what to think,

It hypnotizes and paralyzes, It makes your brain shrink.

People who watch television never write about what they see or think. The ordinary man knew books filled his thinker with his own ideas and imagination and made him, and anyone who takes the time to read, bigger, brighter and bolder.

Reading, the ordinary man knew, was like a magnifying glass for his imagination and intelligence, allowing his thinker and his imagination to roam the world or even the universe.

Watching television, the ordinary man knew, makes a person want to go to bed late and makes them tired in the morning. The ordinary man knew that reading caused him to use his imagination and think, it made him want to get up while it’s still dark and read more and write about the adventures that came into his thinker, exciting adventures that took him everywhere.

The ordinary man knew when a person views a television program someone else is using their mind. When a person watches television, that person becomes a passive receiver of other people’s visual ideas. Over time, the television watcher’s mind becomes like an old storage unit stuffed full of someone else’s visual junk with no accompanying words.

The ordinary man had decided long ago he would rather use his own mind. I’ll put my own things in my own storage unit, he said to himself. He understood clearly they don’t call the things people watch on TV ‘programs’ for nothing.

The ordinary man loved books and loved to read. Every evening he would read to his children. He would read to them by the fire and every night in their room at bedtime. After he tucked each of his children into their cozy bed under the warm quilts and blankets, he would read a bedtime story.

After the children were tucked in and their story had been read, the ordinary man would whisper into each child’s ear just before he left them, “You’re my favorite.” The ordinary man loved his children. He loved all his children.

When the ordinary man read to his children, he never skipped pages or bits of the story. The ordinary man loved to read. Every night after his children were tucked in their beds, he would read by the fire.

When it came time for the ordinary man to go to his bed, he would lean back again his pillow and read some more by his bedside light.

He would get up before dawn and put on an ordinary fire before he went to work. The ordinary man always got up early because he didn’t watch television at night, play video games or text on his phone. He always had a good night’s sleep because he never stayed up watching television.

When the ordinary man walked through his house he walked slowly. He would reach to his left and to his right and touch each bookshelf as he passed, allowing his hands to softly brush past his treasures. He had an affection for his books as if they were a part of his family, which they were.

He was an ordinarily good man with an extra-ordinary thinker. He was an ordinary man living in an ordinary neighborhood with ordinary neighbors with an extraordinary love of books and reading.

Chapter Three   His Ordinary Bookshelves

The children in the neighborhood would come to his house and look through the books he had on his many bookshelves. The ordinary man had lots of ordinary bookshelves and some extraordinary bookshelves. He had bookshelves in the living room. He had bookshelves in the dining room. He built bookshelves in the kitchen and in the hallway. He had bookshelves in all the bedrooms. He had bookshelves on the landing and at the top of the stairs. Each of his children had their own bookshelf.

The ordinary man built bookshelves in the attic and in his garage. All of his ordinary bookshelves went from the floor to the ceiling and there were books behind books.

The ordinary man taught his children that when a person opened a book and began reading it was like having a private cinema inside your head.

The ordinary man knew those who read books learn how to use their thinker. He knew using one’s thinker is important.

The ordinary man knew people who watched television all the time and talked about other people, were not thinking. They weren’t using their thinker. Those who only go to the movies and stare for hours and hours at the images they see on television are like the animals and the birds. The images people watch on their television bypass their thinker.

Animals observe and react. Animals don’t read or write or think. The ordinary man wanted to think about things. He wanted to use his thinker and he did.

The ordinary man had books in the cupboards and books in the closet. He had books under the bed.

You should have seen the happy children reading all kinds of interesting books in his ordinary house. They read books about places, books about things, books about puzzles and books about pigs. There were books about kings and queens and books about adventures of every kind.

There were books about dragons and books about knights. There were adventure books about handsome princes who rescued beautiful damsels in distress.

There were books about travel and books about far-away lands. There were books about whales and eagles. There were books about birds and flowers. There were books about the stars and how to get there from here.

There were books about everything that had happened in the past. There were books about things that were happening now and books about things that were going to happen.

The ordinary man had story books and picture books. On his many bookshelves were adventure books so exciting they would make your spine tingle and your liver quiver.

There were frightening books that would make you cover your head when you turned the light off at night and wonder what was lurking in the closet or behind the curtains or under your bed.

There were science books that explained all kinds of things about our world. On the bookshelves were books about how to have fun with numbers.

There were books about words and language. There were books about writing and paper and pens. There were books about calligraphy and books about printing.

The ordinary man would bring new books home almost every day and he never got rid of any books, except those books he gave to his children.

There were books about music and books about birds.

There were books about everything.

Chapter Four   Things Change

One day his oldest child became an adult and moved far away and began a family of his own. It was a sad day but the ordinary man knew that was the way things are. Things change. This ordinary world continues to be ordinary.

The ordinary man continued to read.

Then his next oldest child moved away and began a family in the ordinary way.

The ordinary man continued to read.

Soon the rest of his children became ordinary grownups and moved far away and lived in ordinary houses on an ordinary street and had ordinary jobs.

The ordinary man’s house was lonely.

The ordinary man’s house was lonely except for one thing.

The ordinary man continued to read.

Chapter Five   The Book Dragon

The ordinary man’s children moved far away. His ordinary children soon had ordinary children of their own. Like their father they lived in ordinary houses and had ordinary jobs.

Then, as it always does in every ordinary land, the book dragon came. The book dragon hates adults and hates children even more. The book dragon hates books, bookshelves, libraries, writers and thinkers.

The book dragon loves animals that fuss and fight and squabble and quarrel. The book dragon wants children to use their eyes and not their thinker.

The book dragon gets great pleasure when humans behave like the animals and argue and bicker and don’t use their thinker.

The ordinary man had read about the wicked dragon and how he had destroyed whole cultures by teaching them to stop reading.

The ordinary man knew all the old legends about the book dragon’s coming. The ordinary man understood how the book hating serpent deceived people and persuaded them to get rid of their books and their bookshelves and watch television instead. The old deceiver wanted people to stop using their thinker.

The ordinary man knew the book dragon passionately hated children who were learning to think. The book dragon hated them with every cold drop of his black blood. The book dragon hated books, bookshelves, libraries, writers and reading.

When the ordinary man’s children moved away the book dragon came. He began to lure the children away from books and reading. He smiled to himself as he taught them the empty pleasure of watching moving images without using their thinker. There was nothing the book dragon loved more than a home without books.

All the of the ordinary man’s children who moved away had telephones, televisions, tablets, watches and other devices. They sent text after text. They watched show after show. They read less and less. They never went to the library or bought a book. Instead of thinking they would talk about what everyone was doing and why they didn’t like their neighbors.

They watched their shows in the evening. They went to bed much too late and then had to get up before they were finished sleeping so they could go to their work.

They had children of their own and were busy. They gave away all their books. When they were tired in the evening they would lean back on a soft couch and mindlessly watch television. They didn’t read to their children. They let the children stay up later and watch television. Their thinkers began to get dusty and rusty.

Every morning the grown-up children would wake up tired. Every morning on their way to work they would say to themselves that when they got home in the evening after their work they would go to bed earlier to get enough sleep, but every evening after they had supper they would relax on the couch and turn on their television and let their mind go numb. They would watch and watch and watch and think not at all. In the morning there was nothing they could recall.

Like electricity and water, the ordinary man’s children were following the path of least resistance, the path laid out for them by the book dragon who wanted to control their empty minds by supplying endless amounts of meaningless visual trivia.

Every day the ordinary man’s ordinary children would let the fluffy, furry, frothy, foamy, feathery images from the television stuff the corners of their mind until their thinker was numb and they began to nod off and they would trundle up the stairs to their bed and begin sleeping fast because they had gone to bed much too late once again.

Chapter Six   His Grand Idea

Every evening the ordinary man would come home from his work and read books. He would go to the bookshops and thrift stores and buy books.

Then he had a magnificent idea. He would send books to his darlings.

He decided he would send books to his grandchildren. The ordinary man loved books. He wanted his grandchildren to love books more than they loved their phones, tablets or television. Above all he wanted his grandchildren to use their thinker. He wanted his grandchildren to be happy, literate adults and not be like the animals that lived by what they saw without thinking.

The ordinary man sent books to his grandchildren. When he would send a book to his grandchildren, he would tuck a dollar bill inside the pages of each book. The book dragon hated the ordinary man for sending books.

Despite the book dragon’s hatred, the ordinary man sent his grandchildren books for their birthday. He sent his grandchildren books for Christmas. He would send his grandchildren books in the springtime and in the autumn.

The next year the ordinary man sent books to his grandchildren and also to his children. He always put a dollar inside of each book he would send.

The next year he sent books to his grandchildren, his children and also to his sisters and brothers. He always put a dollar inside of each book.

The next year he sent more books. He sent books to his grandchildren, his children, his brothers and sisters and to his nieces and nephews. The ordinary man loved books.

The next year he sent books to his grandchildren, his children, his brothers and sisters and to his nieces and nephews and also to his cousins.

The next year he sent even more books. He sent books to his grandchildren, his children, his brothers and sisters, his nieces and nephews, his cousins and also to the children of his nieces and nephews and cousins.

That was a lot of books and a lot of dollar bills, for the ordinary old man put a dollar bill in every book.

He loved to read books. He loved to think about books. He loved to read about the wonderful things other women and men had written since the world began. He loved to read what other people had thought inside their thinker and written in a book. It was thrilling that the ordinary man could read precisely what people were thinking who had lived many centuries in the past.

The ordinary man had a birthday.

Then he had another birthday.

Then he had several more birthdays.

Every year he sent more and more books. Each with a dollar bill tucked inside. He wanted his family to know that there is treasure inside of a book.

The years passed. The ordinary man had become an old, ordinary man. The ordinary man became an old, lonely, ordinary man, an ordinary man who extraordinarily loved books and wanted others to love books, too.

Chapter Seven    The Ordinary Old Man

The ordinary man retired from his work. The ordinary man decided he would save money. He didn’t buy a new razor. He didn’t go to the barber. He let his hair and beard grow. He wanted to save his dollars for important things, like putting them inside of books he would send to his loved ones so they could use their thinker.

The ordinary man was neat and clean. He no longer had lovely brown hair. His hair had turned white as snow. The old man was an ordinary, old man.

He sold his house in his ordinary town and bought a little ordinary cottage towards the north out in the country. He had a table and chairs. He had a lamp. He had bookshelves. He had bookshelves in every room on every wall, floor to ceiling.

Every morning the ordinary old man would take the bus into the big city and visit all the libraries to buy the old books they didn’t want. Since the book dragon had come, it had become fashionable to get rid of books. There were lots of people who didn’t like books.

The book dragon went to the library. Even the library threw old, unwanted books into their big dumpster. The big green dumpster behind the library had a picture of a smiling book dragon on the front.

The book dragon loved that dumpster.

The ordinary old man with the white hair and the long white beard would visit all the thrift stores and buy books. He would buy all the books he could carry. Almost single handedly he fought the influence of the book dragon.

The ordinary old man would visit all the shops in town that sold books. He would buy all the books that people no longer wanted, all the books he could carry home.

Every morning and every evening the old, ordinary man would read his books and think about his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He would send them all books. He would put a dollar in every book he sent to his relatives. They hardly every thanked him. He wondered if they ever read the books but he knew they liked dollars. He knew his grandchildren would always remember there was treasure inside of a book. Even if they took the dollar and gave the book away or put it out in the musty shed instead of on a proper bookshelf, that was alright.

The old ordinary man knew his family would know, at least in a small way, that there was treasure inside the pages of a book.

Sometimes the old, lonely, ordinary man would make new friends. If they were young, they would become his ‘e’ grandchildren, his ‘extra’ grandchildren and the old, ordinary man would add them to his book-sending list.

The old, lonely, ordinary man sent lots of books.

One day he would go to town on the bus and buy books. The next day he would go to the post office and send books.

His hair became whiter. His beard grew longer. Because he was retired and an old, ordinary, lonely man he became rounder.

Every year he would get rounder and rounder.

Every year he would send more books.

Every year his beard would get whiter and longer and he would buy and send more books and become shorter and rounder.

The ordinary, old, round man was happy reading books. He was happy thinking about the things he had read. He was happy reading the words that women and men had written in the distant past. He loved to think. He loved to read the things people had written. He loved to read what people had thought on the inside of their thinker.

The old, ordinary, round man never watched television. He hadn’t watched the news or weather in fifty years. He preferred to read and think.

The old ordinary man didn’t want his thinker filled with meaningless visual images and conflicting emotions. He wanted to reserve his thinker for thinking.

Chapter Eight   The Northern Visitor

Then one day there was a knock at the old, ordinary, round man’s door. A man was there. He was a short man, shorter than the ordinary, old man. The visitor at the door had clear, friendly eyes and he looked at the old, ordinary man with kindness.

He asked if the old, ordinary man would like a job, an important job.

What was the job, the ordinary man asked.

You’ll be traveling all over the world gathering books and giving books to children and their families.

I’m an old man, he said. I’m an ordinary, old man. How can I possible travel the world giving away books.

The visitor looked at the old man with affection. You have been giving away books for many years. You are good at acquiring books and giving them away. You are not selfish. You give away dollars to everyone. There are children all over the world who would love to read books. We have a job for a person just like you.

I think about that sometimes, the old, ordinary man said to his visitor standing in the doorway. I wonder what is going to happen when all the children stop reading and only stare at the television and quit using their thinker and become like the animals.

We think about those things, too, the short man at the door said to the ordinary, old man. You are the person we want. You can be trusted. You care about children and what goes into their minds. You know the value of books.

The old, ordinary, round man with the long white hair and the long white beard smiled. He liked the idea the short man at the door was putting into his thinker.

He cared about what was going into children’s thinkers and what was not going into their thinkers. He cared. He cared a great deal.

We want to give you even more power to give books and help those young thinkers grow into the literate, happy adults you wish them to be. We want to help you stop the advance of the treacherous book dragon.

What will I be required to do?

You will leave here.

I must leave my house? The old man asked.

Yes, you will be required to leave this cottage. You will be given another residence conducive to the distribution of books to promote the growth of thinking in children.

Where will I go?

If you decide to do this work, you’ll be taken to a place where you can continue the work you are doing now, the work you love. You will be given helpers, many helpers. You will be able to give away many more books than you can imagine.

I would like that, the old, ordinary, round man said. I would like that more than I can say.

Books are a gift, the man at the door said. You understand the value of books as no other. You are to be given this gift because you understand giving. The only thing one can ever keep is that which one gives away. You have understood that for many years. You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.

I understand, the old, round, ordinary man with the white hair and long white beard said, but I’m worried about the book dragon. He seems to be getting stronger. I’m afraid.

I wouldn’t be too afraid of the book dragon, if I were you, the short man at the door said. The pendulum will swing. There are powers much stronger than that evil black thing with his cold blood.

Should I hope?

Of course you should hope. Books will live. You shall live. Your mind and your thoughts shall live. The pendulum will swing. Be not afraid.

I believe you. I’m ready. Where shall I go to begin this work?

North.

The End

 

Written by: Barney Beard for his grandchildren

All my books are available on Amazon-Click Here.

If you want to receive, “Letters To My Grandchildren” in your email, click the icon that says ‘follow’.  Then type in your email address and every time I write a new blog it will come straight to you.

I write a golf instructional blog.  I tell stories there. You might enjoy them.  If want to check it out CLICK HERE.

Copyright 2019 by Barney Beard.  All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author.©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Break 100 Three Times in a Row…Guaranteed…Barney Beard Golf

How to Break 100 Three Times in a Row

Ok, you’ve been playing for a year or two. You’re no longer a beginner. You’re tired of being the doormat of your group. I have good news for you.

I have a plan.

As you know, I like to write. I like to write books. I have a bunch on Amazon and I’m working on more.

I’m working on: How to Break 100 Three Times in a Row.

If you read this blog regularly, I’m going to use you for my guinea pig as I write that book. I’m going to write sections of the book and post them here first and then later put them together into print. I would love to get the book finished by early spring, but who knows.

If you already can break 100 regularly remember this: If you put the hay down where the calves can get it, the cows can get it, too.

Ok, here goes. Let me know what you think.

If you enjoy the game of golf and are willing to put in a little work and take a lesson or two, I can tell you from experience you can break 100 regularly. I’m not patronizing you. I know you can do this.

Here’s the simple plan:

  1. Review my book, Golf for Beginners. It’s available on Amazon. (click here)
  2. I’m not trying to sell you something. Most everything in my book is available free here on my golf blog. You can scroll back through the posts and find all sorts of good articles, but you’ll find the printed book a handy reference.
  3. Play golf two or three times a week. Once a week isn’t enough.
  4. Take Golf Lessons, at least occasionally. Play four or five times, then take a golf lesson. Then play four or five times after your golf lesson. Golf lessons should be sandwiched between periods of play. If you’re not on the right bus, how will you ever get to the right place? Practice the right things and you’ll get righter. Practice the wrong things and you’ll get wronger. Take a golf lesson now and again.
  5. Analyze your scorecard. After each round sit down with a pencil and determine which parts of your game need the most work: Driver, Fairway Woods, Hybrids, Short Irons, Wedges, Short game, Putting. Determine which part of your game needs the most improvement to lower your score. This isn’t rocket science. You can’t work on everything every time you practice. Work on the part of your game that needs the most improvement. Once you determine which part of your game needs work, spend a week or two working on that part of your game before you do something else.
  6. Each time you play, go thirty minutes early: practice putting, chipping, pitching. If the golf course has a driving range you might come a bit earlier and hit a small bucket of balls after your short game work. You can do this!
  7. Practice your short game. Go to the practice green once a week (or more) for thirty minutes. Practice your short game more often than your long game. Improve your putting from off the green, lag putting, chipping and pitching.
  8. Go to the driving range once a week (or more). Practice your short irons, your scoring clubs.

I don’t want to make this sound like you’ll be working on your golf game for five hours a day. A little practice during the week will do wonders for lowering your score. I enjoy practice. I enjoy getting out in the fresh air. I enjoy improving my game. I enjoy the light exercise practicing golf affords.

Yard by yard, it’s too hard.

Inch by inch, it’s a cinch.

You can do this.

I know you can break 100. If you follow this little plan and modify it to suit yourself, your learning curve will go up, up, up and your scores will come down, down, down.

Remember, good practice makes you gooder. Bad practice makes you badder.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

ps. I have a new book,  a Writer’s Journal. It’s a 366 day journal with lined pages to record your thoughts and a leading quote by and for writers and those who want to write. Click here.

ps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee. My Momma would be proud of me. My book, Golf for Beginners won two awards, the silver medal in the FAPA literary competition and the bronze medal in the elit competition.

pps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: Left Hand Version.

ppps. I also have a blog about stories and letters for my grandchildren. Click Here.

Copyright 2019 Barney Beard Golf. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author.

Well, I’ve finally done it. My historical novel about the Cherokee deportation, A White Killing Frost, is on the shelf ready for you to check out in the Lady Lake Library and the Sumter County Library in Wildwood. It’s also available in almost every public library system in both Georgia and Florida. How good is that? Also, you can buy it directly from me off my tailgate for a discount price and you won’t have to pay shipping. I suppose I am a late bloomer, as my mom suggested long ago. How good is that? The book is also available on Amazon both digitally and hard copy. The digital book is only $2.99.Click Here.

I have a new book just published, The Bow Window.  Click Here.

I have another new book, Their New, Big, Old House Click Here

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Consistent Ball Striking…Weight On The Heels…Barney Beard Golf

Keep your weight on your heels during your golf swing.

In the address position, the golfer should feel his/her body weight on the heels, not on the forward part of the foot. You don’t jump, run or move to another place during your swing. During the swing the golfer should maintain knee bend and hip flex. In other words, don’t transfer your weight to the front part of your foot and thus stand up tall during the golf swing, not good.

Weight on the front part of the foot is a sure way to cause problems during the swing. The front part of the foot is for walking, running, jumping, leaping, dancing, sliding, skating, hopping, jogging, hurdling, hiking, vaulting, kicking, skipping, prancing and vertical tree climbing. None of these are commonly recommend for improving your ball striking. The golfer’s feet and shoes don’t move during the golf swing.

The golfer’s stability and power come up from the ground. The golfer’s firm contact with the soil is critical at the moment of impact. Keep your weight on your heels until after impact with the golf ball and you’ll have a stable table, a cheery disposition and a healthy outlook on life.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but kangaroos never play golf very well. They have big feet but they can’t keep them still.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

ps. I have a new book, a writer’s journal. 366 days of quotes by and for writers and those who want to write. Click here.

ps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee. My Momma would be proud of me. My book, Golf for Beginners won two awards, the silver medal in the FAPA literary competition and the bronze medal in the elit competition.

pps. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: Left Hand Version.

ppps. I also have a blog about stories and letters for my grandchildren. Click Here.

Copyright 2019 Barney Beard Golf. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author.

Well, I’ve finally done it. My historical novel about the Cherokee deportation, A White Killing Frost, is on the shelf ready for you to check out in the Lady Lake Library and the Sumter County Library in Wildwood. It’s also available in almost every public library system in both Georgia and Florida. How good is that? Also, you can buy it directly from me off my tailgate for a discount price and you won’t have to pay shipping. I suppose I am a late bloomer, as my mom suggested long ago. How good is that? The book is also available on Amazon both digitally and hard copy. The digital book is only $2.99.Click Here. I have a new book just published, The Bow Window.  Click Here.

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized