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wife who passed away two years ago, and I have no idea what the set is, or what it was used for, or if it has any value. Any information you can furnish would be greatly appreciated.

during the y it’s a safe be But his ma unorthodox reminded m nament winn A: The container is not a pitcher. You have a ANTIQUE Sanders. late Victorian coffee set It was made by Moritz AdKnown as ekauer in Austria. They were in business from 1884 -- OR -Fairways,” to around 1945. JUNQUE nowhere to Based on your description of the design of your by Anne McCollam TheGlorious Smasher in and theGutter as an amate set, it was made around the turn of the 20th century. Not So the the Masters It would probably be worth $75 to $125. Simply Smashing tie, and he A wise man once told me that “nothing good happensBefore in a bar 12:30 in thehook morning.” heafter hit the 40-feet shot Tour, but Sa Toofqualify his to remark, know that this for manhis man out the straw take him to within MON. NOV. 19th was no stranger theGreen hinterland thata little awaits traveltwo putts oftothe Jacket, was famous ers such as banter he after that witching hour, he being a devo bit of esque Please review carefully. 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called Atlantic Creek; the other the Pacific Creek. There is no other place on earth where a single creek drains into two separate oceans! • Yellowstone Lake also has an underwater geyser. Once every 25 minutes, the water roils and boils when this submerged geyser erupts about 20 feet below the surface. Researchers ! AT sent an underwater BE EAT video camera down to observe what E H was occuring at the source. TH They found that trout regularly patrol the area, feeding on clouds of tiny crustaceans and aquatic insects stirred up by the eruptions. The geyser was then IN dubbed “The Trout Jacuzzi.”

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The “one step extra” speed calls for a more agressive stroke toward a point you establish behind the hole, as illustrated in Aiming for a spot behind the hole for afor spot the photo. Because the isAiming a good strategy holingbehind short putts the hole is a good strategy ball is rolling faster in this for holing shorter putts. putt you will want to play less break. To provide more force in this stroke you want to keep the handle of the putter moving through to your finish. Try this strategy the next time you’re on the practice green and you’ll be playing less strokes!

will want to play the putt. I would say that if the putt is up hill than play more aggressive. If the putt is side hill or down hill than putt more conservatively. Now that you have figured out the speed you will putt with, lets focus on direction. If you are going to play the putt aggressively than putt for an object that is a couple of feet behind the hole. (as seen in the photo) By putting for an object behind the hole you will be hitting the putt with more force so you will want to play less break. To provide more force be sure to keep the handle of the putter moving through to your finish. The faster moving ball will not take as much break than a ball that is traveling at exact speed. If you are putting on a side hill or down hill slope than the slower moving ball or what I call “exact speed” is a good play. Exact speed basically means that the ball will trickle into the hole on its last rotation. When putting for exact speed you will want to putt for an object short of the hole and than allow the slope to feed the ball into the hole. Next time you are on the putting green try this strategy for holing more short putts.

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