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Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2012
Classroom Number
Days & Times

TR 9:30 - 10:50

Adam Austin (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


1.      Demonstrate knowledge of the basic golf swing from the grip to the stance.

2.      Demonstrate knowledge concerning various shots from around the green such as the bump and run, sand shot, and high pitch


3.      Demonstrate knowledge of the basic putting grips and fundamentals.

4.      Demonstrate skill attainment in putting, chipping, approach shot, and short, medium and long irons.

5.      Demonstrate knowledge of the rules, terminology, etiquette, and courtesy of the game.

6.      Understand the value of golf as a lifetime leisure activity.

7.      Demonstrate knowledge of selected history of golf from its invention to the present.

8.      Identify various great players of the game, major tournaments, and important facts associated with both.

9.      Demonstrate knowledge of the various golf tournaments such as match play, medal play, scrambles, and handicap.

Course Expectations


Course Topics: (Tentative)


A.     Brief summary of course

B.     Review course syllabus

C.     Equipment and dress required

Class Format:  Lecture, examples and class discussion.


Basic Stretching and Fundamentals of the Swing

A.     Three types of grips

B.     Stance

C.     Posture and addressing the ball

D.     One-piece-take away

E.      Footwork and swing the club

Class Format:  Lecture, demonstration, participation and practice skills.


The Short Game

A.     The pitch shot

B.     Pitch & run shot

C.     Sand shot

Class Format:  Lecture, demonstration, participation and practice skills.


The Putting Stroke

A.     Reading the green

B.     Green etiquette

C.     Pendulum putting

Class Format:  Lecture, demonstration, participation and practice skills.


Learning to Play

A.     The course

B.     Playing the game

C.     Rules

D.     Etiquette

Class Format:  Lecture, demonstration, participation and practice skills.


Various shots including fades and draws

A.     Hitting a fade or slice

B.     Hitting a draw or hook

C.     Hitting low or high shots

D.     Playing on hills

Class Format:  Participate and practice.


Etiquette, courtesy, handicap procedures and selected history of golf

A.     Mental aspects

B.     Tournament golf

Class Format:  Lecture, demonstration, participation and practice skills.


Participate in match play, medal play and scramble tournaments

Class Format:  Participation with team members


Skill Test

Class Format: Participation

Grading Standards


75% Attendance

25% Test- This will be over the lectures: Rules, Clubs, Course, etc.

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Attendance is extremely important and the class role will be checked every day.  Each student is allowed 3 absences.  Each unexcused absence thereafter will cause the final grade to drop by a letter grade for every occurrence.

Other Policies


Description of Projects:

1.      Test:  Evaluate the students’ comprehension and application of class instruction and lectures.

2.      Skills test:  Demonstrate skill in the area of putting, chipping, short approach shots, and medal play.

3.      Individual and team competition:  Participate each day in the drill, tournament, or game.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at