The Psychologist Vol 23 No 10 October 2010
EditorialGolf: 'a good walk spoiled' (Mark Twain), or 'an interesting sport from a psychological perspective' (Jones and Lavallee, p.806)? Having tried it a couple of times, I would perhaps describe it as 'maddening' rather than 'interesting'. In fact, I would side with the author John Updike, who described golf as 'a non-chemical hallucinogen'. Even the pros can find the experience akin to a never-ending bad 'trip'. The American Doug Sanders missed an apparently unmissable 3-foot putt at the 1970 Open. 'Do I ever think about the putt?' he said 35 years later. 'Only every four or five minutes.'
Last month's open access issue seemed to be well-received. Please continue to tell your students and colleagues about it: see tinyurl.com/bpsgift2010 or www.thepsychologist.org.uk, and get in touch if you know of any budding talent for 'new voices'. Dr Jon Sutton (Managing Editor)
A good walk worth watching
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