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By Garth Callender

A very Australian tale of heroism and healing.

In 2004 Garth Callender, a junior cavalry officer, was once deployed to Iraq. He speedy came across his toes best convoys of armoured autos in the course of the streets of Baghdad and into the barren region past. yet one morning his workforce was once exact in a roadside bomb assault. Garth turned Australia’s first severe casualty within the war.

After convalescing from his accidents, Garth back to Iraq in 2006 as second-in-command of the Australian Army’s protection detachment in Baghdad. He discovered a urban within the grip of a emerging insurgency. His unit needed to cope with missile assaults, suicide bombers, and the loss of life through misadventure of 1 in their personal, inner most Jake Kovco.

In 2009, Garth volunteered once again – to steer a guns intelligence workforce in Afghanistan. He used to be helicoptered to blast zones within the aftermath of assaults, and labored to spot the rebel bomb-makers responsible.

There are few intimate, shiny debts of Australians at conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. this can be a e-book written through a soldier in his personal voice, taking pictures the pivotal reports of carrier within the Australian military. Revealing, relocating, humorous and whole of drama, Garth Callender’s tale is unique.

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The USGA considers a slope of 113 to be of “standard” hardship. The course I play, Quail Valley, is rated 133 from the blue tees, meaning that a score of, say, 90 is weighted for handicapping purposes the same as a lower score on a less demanding layout. If all that wasn’t sufficiently confusing, it turned out that my handicap index was artificially suppressed because so many of my early scorecards covered only nine holes. As any bumblefuck knows, it’s easier to play like a star for nine than it is to sustain a streak of competence for the full eighteen.

I knew very well what a crummy player I was; double-digit documentation wasn’t necessary. Among sports, golf is uniquely driven by a quest for numbers that are low, not high. Many golfers don’t always keep score, and on those days they’re undoubtedly the happiest. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Jeff Silverman argued eloquently for tossing out the scorecards and pencils, and he lamented the symptoms of “lead poisoning” that afflict so many of us: “We become so hostage to the accumulation of the 2s and 3s and 4s and 5s we covet, en route to the 70s, 80s or 90s we aim for to validate our golfing selves, that the point of the pencil begins to leach into our swings.

Because the heads of so-called utility models are smooth and roundish, they don’t grab or dig on mishits like a conventional blade can. That’s one reason that hybrids are much easier to launch from the rough, and even from fairway bunkers. Another nifty design feature is the exaggerated “face-to-back dimension,” which positions the center of gravity farther from the point of impact, generating a higher ball flight. I was grateful to Leibo for introducing me to the wonders of rescue clubs, but he was dead wrong about one thing: It’s not impossible to hit them badly.

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