Magazine article USA TODAY

Replace Divot, Mark Ball, Rest Club, Etc

Magazine article USA TODAY

Replace Divot, Mark Ball, Rest Club, Etc

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When it comes to sports, specialization is the thing. In baseball, there now is a relief pitcher for every situation, as one hurler is supposed to "hold," while another is deemed the "set-up" man, and still a third is paid big bucks to "close." In hockey, there is a scoring line (for offense), a checking line (for defense), and what euphemistically is called an energy line (which provides the rough stuff to jump-start the team when the other two lines aren't doing their jobs). And don't even get us started on football, where the players--especially on defense--running on and off the field look as if they more belong in a Keystone Cops caper than on a gridiron.

Then there is gentlemanly game of golf, where the wind velocity, angle of the sun, time of day, temperature, lie of the course, length of the grass, height of the trees, depth of the sand, proximity of the bunker, distance of the water hazard, and temperament of the caddy all go into the equation of proper club selection, which is why every pro and duffer has a bag chock full of them, all with different functions. …

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