NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
SWEAR off pulling, swear off slicing,
Swear off ever looking up;
Swear off doing all but shooting
For the center of the cup.
SWEAR off topping, over-swinging,
As you stand upon the tee;
Swear off doing all but holing
Out in three.
– Anonymous, circa 1900
I found this New Year Resolutions golf poem in a scanned book in the Google archives. The author was “anonymous,” and the date somewhere around 1900.
A golfer’s resolutions in 1900 seem to me to be little different from those today.