The 53rd Secret
In psychology, much use is made of the psychological test. The ideal test is so constructed that individual
questions and problems range from the very easy to the very difficult. Some questions can be answered by almost
anyone. Some problems can be solved by almost no one.
In this respect, golf as a game is an ideal test. There is a place for every degree of skill, and we can spend a
lifetime at the sport without learning it all. This is not a disadvantage. If we were to list the characteristics
of a great game, one of them would be that it could not be completely mastered. Golf has this and virtually all of
the other requirements needed to qualify as ideal. It is probably the greatest of the outdoor sports, as chess is
probably the greatest of the indoor games.
Golf and chess are rather similar. Both have histories lost in antiquity. Golf may well have been brought to
Scotland with the invasion of the Romans, who had a similar game, pagano. Both golf and chess are very complex. One
man's lifetime is inadequate to exhaust their possibilities. Both games present problems to be solved
by the individual, providing wide opportunities for self-competition. Along with these similarities, both have a
beauty all their own.
We come then to the essence of the final secret. It answers the question which the reader may have asked himself
throughout the development of the ideas in this book: "Is golf worth the effort?" The answer,
beyond which a psychologist cannot go, may be summed up with: "Golf, like music, love, and art, has the
power to make men happy."