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Outline for "Making Peace With Golf."

I. Foreword

a) The falling in to art

II. The Nature Of Play

a) The spirit of non-attainment
b) Attaching to games
c) Golf is a "gaga" thing

III. Golf And The Illusion Of Method

a) Method and time sensitivity
b) The "how to" quandary

IV. The Spalding Method

a) Introduction
b) Expand the method through Waking
c) Shrink the method by Waning
d) The ten W's of golf

1. WAKING

a) Shedding the tail of ignorance
b) Destroying illusions
c) Detaching from memory
d) Detaching from ego and meaning
e) The delusion of authority
f) Stabilizing the initial condition
g) Critique of the Ernest Jones method

2. WALKING

a) Centering from below
b) Virtual in nature
c) Simplifying stance

3. WAGGLING

a) Centering from above
b) An intuitive precursory movement
c) Experiments with the pendulum

4. WAITING

a) Patiently waiting for the moment of "nothingness"
b) Dissolving the Walk and the Waggle; committing to Waning and Witnessing

5. "WHEN"ING

a) A moment in time without thought corresponding to the beginning of swing and persisting through the second Waning
b) The immediate "Now"(mushin); the mind as the Uncarved Block (pu)

6. WITNESSING

a) The pristine view of the ball
b) Witnessing exercise

7. WANING

a) A dwindling motion
b) The nature of the movement of true swing
c) The one and only mechanic of swing
d) Murphy's Kingdom
(a speculation on "true gravity")
f) Waning prevents injury

8. WELTING

a) The centered movement of thoughtless intent upon the ball, including the smite of the ball
b) The pure result of Waning and Witnessing

9. WANING

Post impact

10. WASHING

a) Dissolves memory attachment
b) Re-awakening

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V. Practice

a) Some illusions of practice
b) Embracing the practice green
c) The Spalding proprietary short game technique

VI. Conclusion

The brilliance of surrender

End

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