Like the Pros , Adapted

- By Candy Mazze.
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Read the poem “Like the Pros” and answer the following questions.
 
1. It goes up, it goes down.
I try to get it to where it needs to
Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.
 
2. I practice, I play.
On my own, with the school team
With my dad, anyone who is willing.
 
3. My goal is to make it big.
To play with the big names.
The big name golfers.
 
4. Each time I play I imagine I’m there.
Maybe Pebble Beach or Augusta.
Wherever the golf tour goes.
 
5. I watch every golf tournament.
Anytime there’s one on television, I watch it.
Or record it. And watch it later when I can.
 
6. I watch how the pros do it.
How they stand, swing, putt.
Even how they walk. Everything.
 
7. I watch how they hold their bodies after they swing.
How they squat to look from the ball to the hole.
How they rock back and forth right before hitting the ball.
 
8. I take it all in.
Remember every little thing I saw
And try to do the same when I play.
 
9. Each time I play or practice, I’m a pro.
In my mind.
The ball I hit is on one of the most famous greens of all.
 
10. For now I practice.
As often as I can, with whomever I can.
I can’t get better if I don’t practice.

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Ball : a solid or hollow spherical or egg-shaped object that is kicked, thrown, or hit in a game

Squat : crouch or sit with one's knees bent and one's heels close to or touching one's buttocks or the back of one's thighs

Tournament : (in a sport or game) a series of contests between a number of competitors, who compete for an overall prize.

Practice : the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it

Goal : (in football, soccer, rugby, hockey, and some other games) a pair of posts linked by a crossbar and often with a net attached behind it, forming a space into or over which the ball has to be sent in order to score.

Tour : a journey for pleasure in which several different places are visited

Putt : try to hit a golf ball into the hole by striking it gently so that it rolls across the green

Famous : known about by many people

Record : a thing constituting a piece of evidence about the past, especially an account kept in writing or some other permanent form

Imagine : form a mental image or concept of

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Additional Information:

Rating: A

Words: 242

Unique Words : 118

Sentences : 40

Reading Time : 1:04

Noun : 94

Conjunction : 14

Adverb : 18

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 11

Pronoun : 48

Verb : 22

Preposition : 22

Letter Count : 915

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Conversational

Difficult Words : 34

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