The Front Nine
Even the best marriage can land in a sand trap once in a while. Sometimes all it takes when a twosome hits a slump is a reminder to get back to the basics. Actually, that's Principle #9 of Becky and...
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Even the best marriage can land in a sand trap once in a while. Sometimes all it takes when a twosome hits a slump is a reminder to get back to the basics. Actually, that's Principle #9 of Becky and Roger Tirabassi's warm-hearted and practical gift book, "The Front Nine: Nine Fundamentals of Gold That Will Improve Your Marriage," From Principle #1, "Loosen Your Grip " to principle #5, "Repair the Divots Immediately," to the final chapter, "Rounding the Turn: Great Players Take Lessons " the Tirabassis show how strategies on the green can get a rocky relationship back on course. Men and women alike will want to putter through the short, pithy sections and colorful illustrations. ^
1. Loosen Your Grip 2. Master Many Skills 3. Maintain A Positive Attitude 4. What Feels Natural Isn't Always Best 5. Repair Divots Immediately 6. Getting Better Takes Time And Practice 7. Avoid The Hazards 8. Have Realistic Expectations 9. When In A Slump Get Back To Basics 89 Pages
Introduction Golf is a lot like marriage! Once you venture into either,you'll find both to be emotionally thrilling -- and difficult. They're both verytime consuming. They both require that you know how to control your emotions,master many fundamentals, and get out of trouble quickly! Whether on the golf course or at home, sometimes it takes onlyone bad shot to turn fun into frustration. Early on, we (Roger and BeckyTirabassi) made a commitment to enjoy our marriage and the game of golf for alifetime. After twenty-five years together, we're happy to report that on thegolf course and in marriage, we still find enjoyment. We've also discovered thatmany fundamental rules of golf also apply in marriage. Yes, golf can help youimprove your relationship! The Front Nine: 9 Fundamentals of Golf That Will ImproveYour Marriageis a compilation of straightforward advice from the experts.Roger is a certified marriage counselor, and both he and Becky are avid golfers.Becky's brother, Rick Hunter, is a PGA member, instructor, tournament player,and consultant for this book. Our golf history begins even before we were born. Becky'sfather worked as a caddie in the 1920s. By the early 1940s, his love for thegame had propelled him to the position of golf course superintendent at abeautiful Cleveland, Ohio, country club. Becky's mother learned to play golfwhen her 1939 high school physical education teacher took students to amunicipal golf course for lessons. After Becky's parents met and married in1942, they traveled with other couples to Turkey Foot Golf Course in Akron,Ohio, where the women picnicked and the men played golf. After only a fewpicnics, Becky's mother determined that she would rather golf. Soon she wasplaying regularly, and she continues weekly league and recreational golf today,sixty years later! Together, the Hunters enjoyed golf and marriage for more thanfifty years. Becky has golfed for most of her life. She golfs regularly withher mom, husband, brother, and son. She also is the unabashed recipient of freemarriage counseling from her husband and expert golf instruction from herbrother. Roger's story begins at the age of five, when his dad took himto a golf course called "the cow pasture." (It was a cow pasture before itbecame a golf course and, even after the transformation, it never looked muchdifferent.) Roger's father let him walk the course carrying a pitching wedge,using it for every shot from tee to green. To this day, Roger contends that thepitching wedge is the best club in his bag. Roger's dad taught him that golf was a game he could enjoy hisentire life. He also showed Roger that marriage could be enjoyed for a lifetime.Roger Sr. played golf until the last year of his life, and his marriage lastedfifty-nine years, until his death. The nine fundamentals in this book are ones we have appliedboth on the golf course and in our home. Doing so has brought us joy,confidence, and pleasure whether we're on a coastal resort or in "the cowpasture." Our hope is that this book will help you not only improve yourmarriage but take a few strokes off your golf game as well.
Tirabassi is thr founder of Spiritual Growth Ministries.
Becky Tirabassi is a full-time motiavtional speaker and an ACE certified aerobics instructor. She has produced an award-winning step aerobic video, Step Into Fitness. Her six books include Wild Things Happen When I Pray and Let Prayer Change Your Life.