IRJE

The book Golf is not a Game of Perfect, written by Bob Rotella, it is about a professional golf teacher who shares stories of him interacting and teaching many pros. There is a certain moment when he was teaching one of the most famous pros, Tom kite, that really grabbed my attention. The pair were talking about full swing, more specifically, approach shots. the coach (Bob Rotella) is talking about your pre shot routine. This includes your practice swings, your 1 “trigger” which gets you in the right place to hit the shot, and arguably the most important one, the target. Before every golf shot, whether it is a driver or a putter, you should always pick a target beforehand. Bob would then explain the exact details of the target your picking.

Whenever you are choosing a target, try to make it as small as possible. A tree, or a house way in the distance are best. This is because you have a more precise thing to swing toward, and this results in a better golf shot. p 133

This is some of the best golf advice I have ever heard. My dad was the first to tell me this before my provincial golf tournament, and I went out and shot 79 – 76, which are pretty good score for me. Bob is overall a great teacher, who understands the game of golf deeply. I have learned a lot from his book already, and i am eager to learn more.

Personal Writing

When I was in the forth grade, I had one of the most memorable moments in my life. Me and my family were vacationing in San Diego for a few weeks in mid February at the Welk Resort. We were swimming everyday, golfing nearly everyday, and just relaxing. Life was perfect. But the third or forth day in, I woke up with heat stroke. I remember doing absolutely nothing for the two days in which I had it, because you have no energy. It was brutal. I was missing out on all the fun the rest of my family was having. The trip went from the highest high, to the lowest low. However, it would all shift back again when I recovered. I woke up one morning feeling so much better. After a morning of relaxation, we went swimming in one of the many pools. Life was back to perfect. But, little did I know, the best was yet to come. My dad woke me up at 6am the following morning, and told me we were going to play Torrey Pines! Torrey Pines is one of the most prestigious golf courses in the entire world, and it was a dream come true for me to finally play it. It was also right on the ocean, making the experience ten times better. The course was amazing. It was in mint condition, the greens were rolling fast, and the views were out of this world. I shot a 98, which wasn’t bad for me at the time. My dad shot even par, which was a decent round for him also. I do greatly wish that I can play there again some time in the future. It was the nicest golf course I ever played, and it was also the happiest I have ever been on a golf course.

IRJE

In the book Golf is not a game of perfect, written by Bob Rotella, it is about Bob and his career as a coach. Bob is not only a golf coach, but he also majored in phycology. Phycology is a big factor in the game of golf. Keeping your mind in the right place is the key to success. In the second chapter, Bob was in the middle of a lesson with one of his many pro students, Nick Price. Now Nick was struggling with consistency. One day he would play lights out golf, the next day he would play terrible. Bob noticed that how he played usually was decided on the first few holes. If he played well, he would play well the rest of the round, and vice versa. It was all a mental thing. Bob then said this to Nick,

You’re going to have to decide before the round starts how you’re going to think, and do it on every shot. You have to choose to think well.

This was great advice from Bob, and any golfer, no matter the level can use this. It was the perfect advice to help Nick Price out in a pinch, as he had a tournament in a few days. Nick went on to play very well, despite poor starts in 3 out of his 4 rounds. It just goes to show that with the right frame of mind and a determined soul, they can accomplish anything.

Golf is a crazy game. I remember last year in April I participated in a school golf tournament with Tiago and Lucas (both were in grade 11). The tournament took place at my home golf course, Olympic View. Olympic View is a very tough course, and with crazy weather, it can be even harder. The tournament lasted 2 days, and schools from all over the island, and even one from Vancouver all played in it. The first day, the conditions were miserable. It was pouring down rain, and the wind was also blowing upwards of 40 kph. I don’t exactly remember what I shot, but I know I played very poorly. The second day, however, made the first day look like nothing. I remember waking up and looking out the window and seeing rain pouring down from the skies above. Today was going to be a challenge. As we got to the course to warm up, the rain mellowed out a little, but it was still there. Because of the number of kids, it was a shotgun start, meaning that groups start on each hole, and when they fire the gun, it means begin. My group was the same as yesterdays, and we were starting on the eighth hole once again. I started out with a bogey, but because the eighth hole was the hardest on the course, I was not upset. On the 10th hole, it was raining so hard that when doing my practice swing, the club flew out of my hands and 20 yards forwards. Thankfully, no one was injured. When we got to the 17th green, we could see the 14th green. The 14th green now had a puddle on the back of it. Any standing water on a golf course, especially during a tournament makes scoring well near impossible.

After the par 5 18th hole, I remember going up to the pro shop and purchasing some rain gloves, so what happened on the 10th doesn’t happen again. My fist shot with them was a bullet right down the center of the fairway, so I was pleased with my decision to buy them. I was now left with 111 yards to a middle pin. With gap wedge in hand, I hit it purely, directly at the pin. As we got up to the green, we did not see my ball. I went up to check the hole, and there it was. This was my longest hole out in a tournament, and longest hole out ever. The rest of the round I played horribly, but I didn’t care. While golf is crazy, that is the reason in which I enjoy it so much.

In the book The Big Miss, it is all about the man who coached Tiger Woods from 2005 to 2011. Over the course of the book, he talks about what it was like working with Tiger, his personal friendship with Tiger, and how good Tiger was, as he is the best golfer of all time. There is this part on chapter 4 that really stood out to me. Tiger had hurt his knee 10 years ago and it required surgery. The injury had come back, but that wasn’t all. His tibia had also been messed up, as well as his ACL. As Hank (the coach) and Tiger were sitting in the doctor’s office, the doctor told Tiger that his leg was not doing well, and surgery would be required as soon as possible. With a look of blank expression for the next 20 seconds, Tiger suddenly shifted into a state of determination

I am going to win the US Open next week. It’s just pain. Come on Hank, let’s go down to the range. We need to practice. p 187

At his very words, the doctor stood speechless. He cleared him to go only because his injury couldn’t get any worse. The US Open is the second biggest tournament of the year and winning would be defining all odds. Tiger trained as hard as he could for the next month and had daily therapy for his leg. The hard work paid off and Tiger won the US Open with a crippled leg. This is the biggest moment in the sport of golf, and arguably in the world of sports.

Personal Writing

On October the 9th I had a golf tournament at Highland Pacific Golf Club. Up to this, I had been hitting the ball great. I was (and still am) practicing every day, keeping my game as sharp as possible. I got to the course and went to the range to warm up. I was hitting it very good, so my expectations were high. The greens proved to be rolling  fast, so I had to learn the speed. To get the speed down, my dad always taught me to hit putts uphill and downhill, back and forth. Once that is mastered, move on to flatter putts. This worked good for him, and good for me. As my name was called, I was excited and a little nervous. I have played in many, many tournaments previously so the nerves weren’t anything new to me. My first shot went down the middle of the fairway. This helped settle the nerves a little. I would go on to make 2 early bogeys, however I made a 30-foot putt for birdie on the 9th hole. I finished 2 over through 9, a decent score. I was playing very well, until the 16th hole. I had 125 yards, so I thought. Turns out that was the yardage to the back rocks, and the pin was only 95 yards away. I airmailed the green long, into a hazard. This resulted in a double bogey. I went on to finish 78, good for 3rd place out of 15 which is alright. I could have played better, but that is golf. It is a game of misses, and whoever misses the best will generally win.

Comparison of They Shall Not Grow Old, All Quiet on the Western Front and Soldier’s Home

They shall not grow old was a movie created in 2018. This movie, along with All Quiet on the Western Front and Solder’s Home, all depict the struggle soldiers had coming home after the war ended. Krebs had trouble telling people how he truly felt, Baumer struggled to reconnect with his past life, and the British soldiers found it hard to find jobs after the war.

All Quiet on the Western Front focuses in depth on what life was truly like in the front lines, while the short story Soldier’s Home focuses on focuses on life after the war. The movie They Shall Not Grow Old on the other hand uses very gory imagery to drive home how scary it really was on the front lines. Everything from charging into the German frontlines, to even sitting in your trench, praying you don’t get sniped in the head. You were never, ever safe no matter where you were.

Overall, these three pieces of literature focused on 3 different topics, which broadened my range of WW1 knowledge exponentially.

In the book The Feeling of Greatness, written by Tim O’Connor, it is about Moe Norman. Moe Norman was a Canadian born golfer. Ever since Moe was a kid, he loved hanging around the golf course, hitting golf balls or caddying. However, Moe had a small case of autism, which made him only want to do one thing: golf. By the age of 17, Moe’s goal was to hit at least 1,200 golf balls per day. He would hit balls until his hands would bleed and bleed, then he would do it again tomorrow. In this quote, Moe was 27 years old playing his home course in Kitchener Ontario. By now, Moe was one of, if not the best ball striker in the world.

                 “Moe’s confidence was also incredible. You’d see him at the parking lot in Rockway before a game, pulling clubs out of his bag. I’d say “Moe, what are you doing?”

‘The wind is blowing down number six, so I don’t need my five iron, and up on 10, so I don’t need a four iron.’ Moe said

He knew the clubs he’s hit on every hole so they wouldn’t weigh the bag down. I thought, ‘No one is this good!

This quote really stood out to me because it showed how good Moe really was. As a fellow golfer, knowing what clubs you are going to hit every hole before you even play is so remarkable. Even looking at professional golfers today, no one on the PGA (Professional Gold Association) tour is doing anything even close to this. Moe was truly something special to the game of golf. He showed that hard work and pure dedication can get you so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier’s Home

In the short story Soldier’s Home, Harold Krebs was an American soldier who went to fight with the British army. In this response, I will be comparing and contrasting Krebs to Paul Baümer, the main character in All Quiet on the Western Front.

Krebs and Paul, whilst they have many differences, are also alike in some ways. For example, both boys attended school, from there they were transferred to the war. However, Krebs left voluntarily, while Paul was signed up. Also, Paul was sent to battle as soon as the battle began. Krebs, on the other hand, only joined the war in 1917 when America did. However, one of the larger differences of the two is their parents. Paul’s mother is gravely ill, the cause of which is believed to be cancer. She didn’t care all too much about the war, she only cared about Paul surviving.  Paul’s father on the other hand is very into the details. He wants to know what it was like in the frontlines, battling for your life. Krebs mother was intrigued about the war, but as Krebs was telling her stories and experiences, she lost interest easily. Krebs’ father was not non-committal, there were times where he would lean toward Krebs educating him on the war, and the next it would be the last thing he wanted to do.

 

“My mother is the only one who asks no questions. Not so my father. He wants me to tell him about the front; he is curious in a way that I find stupid and distressing.” P. 165 of All Quiet on the Western Front

“She often came in when he was in bed and asked him to tell her about the war, but her attention always wandered. His father was non-committal.” P. 2 of Soldier’s Home

While there is clearly many, many differences between these two gentlemen, there is one big similarity: They feel disconnected and out of place with their families and the rest of the world. In the short time Paul has at home with his family, he feels as though the old Paul was gone. It was only a couple of years ago that he lived permanently in his home. Back then, he felt like he was himself. However, the aftermath of years of fighting really caught up to him. He now feels as though his childhood is long in the past. Krebs on the other hand also felt out of place. He came back from the war a year later then everyone else, which gravely impacted him and his emotions. All the soldiers who returned home immediately were honoured and celebrated. But because Krebs was late, he was not honoured or celebrated. He now wasn’t able to talk about his feeling because everyone had heard the same stories over and over again. Krebs also felt disconnected for the fact that he actually enjoyed the fighting. He liked the adrenalin and the rush of war, which was unlike anyone else. This put him in a dilemma because he didn’t want to tell everyone he liked fighting, which would make him sound like a monster. So he had to keep his feelings bottled up inside which tore him apart.

 

“I breathe deeply and say over to myself: -‘You are at home, you are at home.’ But a sense of strangeness will not leave me, I cannot feel home amongst these things.” P. 160, All Quiet on the Western Front

 

“At first, Krebs, who had been at Belleau Wood, Soissons, the Champagne, St. Mihiel and in the Argonne did not want to talk about the war. Later he felt the need to talk but no one wanted to hear about it.”

 

This was one of the most tragic parts about the war. Even if you were lucky enough to survive the combat phase, there was a very good chance that you still die mentally. Surviving soldiers never would be the same again, which is very sad to even think about. It makes me feel so lucky to be in a safe country with no need for war.

All Quiet on the Western Front – Personal Review

I believe that in the novel All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque uses a wide variety of imagery to showcase powerful and/or important moments. In this short essay, I will explain my reasoning for this, and provide examples in the form of quotations from the novel.

In chapter 9 of All Quiet on the Western Front, the main event that happens is Paul finds a dying British soldier on the ground. He has a large chest wound and is clearly suffering. Paul makes his way over in attempt to save the man’s life. However, the man believes that Paul is going to finish him off.

“I bend forward, shake my head and whisper, ‘No, no, no,” I raise one hand. I must show him that I want to help him, I stroke his forehead. The eyes shrink back as the hand comes, then they lose their stare, the eyelids droop lower, the tension is past. I open his collar and place his head more comfortably.” P. 219

This is one of the most powerful moments of the whole book. It shows what a true, kind-hearted person Paul really is. Paul has the same attitude throughout the whole book. He mentions that the people on the other side of the war are just the same as him. School boys, average workers, husbands, fathers, etc. Paul feels sorry for each and every death, whether on his side of the battle or not, and this part really drives home that thought.

 

Another example of when imagery was utilized was in chapter 4. When Paul and Kat are in the graveyard getting bombarded by the British artillery and Sulfur Mustard (the most common and deadly gas of WW1), they are crawling around, doing their best to protect themselves, but more importantly their lives. As they are maneuvering about, Kat gets the word out to Paul about the incoming gas

“I grab for my gas-mask. Some distance from me there lies someone. I think of nothing but this: That fellow there must know: Gaaas—–Gaaas—.”

Whenever I read this part, not just the quote but the whole page, it makes me feel so lucky that I was not a part of any war. It would be truly traumatizing being put in that scenario, gas and artillery trying to kill you, as well as gunners from the frontlines. This part corroborates with the first statement about Paul, as his only thought was to let the man know about the gas. Not to get out to a safer spot, not to stay put and keep safe, but to protect his fellow soldiers. He puts others before himself.

 

All things considered; All Quiet on the Western Front is a very powerful novel. It gives readers a first-hand look at trench life, war life, all the suffering that happens, and the trauma all the living soldiers go through. It is truly unlike any war movie or other novel.

By: William