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From Beginner To Better: Local Golfers Tell How They Did It

Wednesday, April 14, 2004; Page T06

Tim Mealey, 47, Bethesda: "Once a year I've played a solid week of golf where you get off the plane and play 18 holes, then 36, then 36 more. A year ago, in April, I started to sense something about my swing by the end of the second day: more awareness. I just started to have a whole mind-body connect that helped me stop thinking about the hundreds of things golf pros have told me. There was a holistic approach to it. That allowed me to take it from atrocious to respectable."

Barbara Ketchum, 55, Arlington: "I got better by not focusing on the score, the score, the score. I'll keep track of my putts rather than my overall score. If I hit 30 putts, I can be really proud and tell everyone I know. It's about setting small goals and being really proud of those accomplishments. . . . . Finally, I play to have fun, so I don't play with golfers who take the game too seriously."

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___ Live Discussions___
Transcript: Swing Editor Craig Stoltz and Capitol Golf Weekly's Dave Lucas were online to discuss local golf.

Transcript: Steve Loesher, Director of Instruction at the Nike Golf Learning Center was online to discuss ways to improve your golf game.

Transcript: Pilates for Golf. Sarah Christensen, president of Pilates for Golf, and Marianna White, program director of the Pilates for Golf program, were online to answer your questions about getting in shape to improve your game.

Transcript: What's Next for Tiger? Inquisitive about the PGA Tour? Washington Post staff writer Leonard Shapiro was online to talk golf.

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Mike Wilson, 56, Washington: "I was working at things and working at things [myself] and getting pretty frustrated. So I've taken two or three lessons a year for the past three or fours years, and it's helped a ton."

Tiffany Smith, 36, Arlington: "I took everything above a 5-iron out of my bag. I would just hit a really good 5-iron shot. It kept me feeling really good. . . . The ball kept moving down the course. It taught me to just trust my swing."

-- Brian Reid

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