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1. One Magical Sunday : (But Winning Isn't Everything)
by Phil Mickelson, Donald T. Phillips
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Asin: 0446578576
Catlog: Book (2005-03-21)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 3066
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Every year, he became so close only to fall short. Every year, the dream grew larger, only to fade away. Yet every year, his gallery of fans grew in support of his quest. Then on April 11, 2004, for the most beloved golfer of the decade, everything changed.

In ONE MAGICAL SUNDAY, Phil Mickelson takes us on a magical journey inside a life few have seen up close, but a life whose lessons can be cherished forever.As we travel hole-by-hole through the triumphant Sunday at the Masters, Phil looks back at the influences that made him the man he is today:his mom and dad, who mentored him on the balance between family and golf; his wife, Amy, who has given him so much happiness and fulfillment; and their three children, who remain their top priority.

With personal insights from Phil's family and never been seen photos of his most treasured moments, ONE MAGICAL SUNDAY is a book not only for Phil's millions of fans, but for everyone who finds inspiration in reading about a champion on and off the course. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One Magical Sunday = One Magical Book
It's rare that an athlete or to be more specific, an athlete's accomplishment can capture the attention and hearts of an entire nation. But that is exactly what happened on that April day in 2004, that One Magical Sunday when the entire country became enthralled with the left-handed "lovable loser" from San Diego.

I am not sure what it is about Phil Mickelson that earned the love and respect of nearly every golf fan, and in this book, Mickelson wonders the same thing. There is something about us as Americans that makes us root for the underdog - the Rocky Balboas, the Boston Redsoxes, and the Phil Mickelsons of the world seem to epitomize everything that is America - the belief that dreams can come true, even in the face of adversity. And as quaint as that may sound, those beliefs come to life in this book.

This book takes us on a roller coaster ride of all 18 final holes at Augusta National, but much more than that, this is a story of a man who truly feels he is more blessed to have the love and support of his family more so than a major championship.

Sprinkled between a play-by-play recap of the final round of the 2004 Master's, are little anecdotes about Phil's life - from his childhood in San Diego through his college years at ASU through the birth of his three children, we become privy to a world of Phil Mickelson that most of us never knew, and we get to meet the people who helped shape Phil's life and influence him the most - from his parents to his college golf coach to his wife and kids.

The result? You walk away liking the guy even more than you already did, which is no small feat considering how much he was admired to begin with. This is a quick read and a real gem for golf fans and anyone who loves a great story of an underdog's triumph.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loves Life and The Game
I truly enjoyed reading this book due to its unique organization, simple language and profound principals expressed by Phil.The chiefest of these is that life to him is much more than golf.The joy that comes from the game is import to him, not winning, accolades, etc.

His family is primary also, as evidenced by the decisions he has made in favor of his family over golf, e.g. Mercedes tournament absence.

There is much revealed in this chronicle of his magical Masters victory, which is the organizational center, then revolving around this is past memories which cropped up in his Green Jacket round, and then contributions by friends, competitors, relatives, caddie, etc.This makes for a great insight into the talented, competitive golfer who so often is misunderstood and misportrayed by the media.

Thus, this book helps to clear the media polluted air about this great golfer and more importantly, family man.The story of his 2003 with all its trials, but especially about the severe, life threatening birth of son episode endures this great person to me even more.The joy he takes from more simple things off camera are touching and should be inspirational to many.

A great read to all golfers and those interested in Phil.

5-0 out of 5 stars THANKS FOR RIDE PHIL
If you like Phil Mickelson or if you like a feel good story -- then I strongly recommend that you read this book.Phil not only takes the reader through his final 18 holes at Augusta but also the foundation that he was provided as a child.The book is very easy and a quick read.Surrounded by supportive family and friends, Phil makes it a point not to take any of that for granted.Unlike so many professional athletes, Phil is grounded and humble.It is impossible not to cheer for Phil Mickelson.Of course, I am terribly biased as I am a huge Phil Mickelson fan.I am a die-hard sports fan and am seldom moved by accomplishments.However, I must say I wore out my family room carpet as he played the back 9 on Sunday at Augusta.Enjoy the book golf fans because I know I did. ... Read more

2. The Grand Slam : Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf
by Mark Frost
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Asin: 1401301088
Catlog: Book (2004-11-03)
Publisher: Hyperion
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From the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed The Greatest Game Ever Played comes The Grand Slam, a riveting, in-depth look at the life and times of golf icon Bobby Jones.

In the wake of the stock market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports in the summer of 1930. Bobby Jones, an amateur golfer who had already won nine of the seventeen major championships he'd entered during the last seven years, mounted his final campaign against the record books. In four months, he conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship, an achievement so extraordinary that writers dubbed it the Grand Slam.

A natural, self-taught player, Jones made his debut at the U.S. Amateur Championship at the age of 14. But for the next seven years, Jones struggled in major championships, and not until he turned 21 in 1923 would he harness his immense talent.

What the world didn't know was that throughout his playing career the intensely private Jones had longed to retreat from fame's glaring spotlight. While the press referred to him as "a golfing machine," the strain of competition exacted a ferocious toll on his physical and emotional well-being. During the season of the Slam he constantly battled exhaustion, nearly lost his life twice, and came perilously close to a total collapse. By the time he completed his unprecedented feat, Bobby Jones was the most famous man not only in golf, but in the history of American sports. Jones followed his crowning achievement with a shocking announcement: his retirement from the game at the age of 28. His abrupt disappearance from the public eye into a closely guarded private life helped create a mythological image of this hero from the Golden Age of sports that endures to this day. ... Read more

3. Ben Hogan : An American Life
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Asin: 0385503121
Catlog: Book (2004-05-11)
Publisher: Doubleday
Sales Rank: 4612
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Biography of a Complex Champion
Kudos to James Dodson, who enthralls readers with his account of the life of golfing legend Ben Hogan. From the suicide of Hogan's father, his newspaper hawking at crowded train stations to help his family make ends meet, and his dogged pursuit of caddying opportunities and, ultimately, his single-minded quest for success in the world of professional golf, Dodson portrays a great champion that was full of contradictions. Hogan craved solitude, yet occasionally basked in the adulation of his many fans. He could be short and rude with reporters, yet gracious and generous with so many others outside of the glare of cameras or the pens of reporters. Hogan suffered some epic tournament collapses as he struggled to master his game, yet he became one of the greatest fourth-round players in PGA history. Along the way, he fashioned one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, emerging from a potentially fatal and debilitating automobile accident to enjoy his greatest victories in tournament golf.

Dodson uses his unprecedented access to primary source materials and correspondance from Hogan's life to masterfully tell the complicated tale of this amazing champion. This book is a "must read" for any fan of golf, or anyone who cherishes stories of human triumph in the face of incredible adversity.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Hogan
I am so grateful for this book. A previous, unauthorized biography based much on the author's conjecture, painted a less than flattering picture of arguably golf's greatest hero, the only man to win five U.S. Opens, and nearly several more. This authorized biography, resplendent with stories and comments from family, friends, fellow golfers, employees, etc., reveals the real man the public seldom saw and the reasons why. It rivals the best of Horatio Alger's rags to riches stories and it is true.

The rich description of life on the Tour before the days of television was particullarly interesting, telling the story of how the Tour was really built by the likes of Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Demaret, and the other champions of their era. Their efforts and perseverance created the wave that latter day stars rode to unbelievable popularity via the benefit of TV.

Congratulations and thanks to Dodson for a wonderful work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth 10 stars
Finally a book that lets you see the golfer and the man more clearly than ever before. This is simply a great read about a complex and driven individual. Having been a Hogan "nut" for many years, this book is a close as we will ever get to him. It is also extremely well-written and I hated for the story to end. Not just for golf fanatics, this is a biography about an American who lived the dream.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Specatular Biography
I have read other Biographies on Ben Hogan but none are even in the same league. A subject with this much substance needed a more detailed view and this book delivers in a big way. I would rank this in-depth look into what some believe to be the best golfer ever to be one of the best stories ever told. With apologies to Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, I now believe that Ben Hogan is the best golfer of all the book, see what he went through, and decide for yourself.
Hogan was (and remains) one of the most enigmatic sports figures ever but the reader should come away with a different opinion of the man after reading the book. The level of detail is fabulous but the book is easily readable. I enjoyed this book more than I have enjoyed reading anything in years. I would never usually consider reading a book twice but this will probably change with this one. I would recommend this book to anyone, regardless of whether or not you are a golf fan but I know that any fan of golf will devour the book. This is a great American story...the epitome of what one can accomplish with an exhaustive work ethic and incredible perserverance...Hogan literally built an incredible career, became a permanent American icon, and ruled his sport like nobody had ever done...from scratch, out of the dirt. There are some great lessons in this book about the price to be paid to make it big. Read this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Biography That Anyone Can Savor
During the 1977 U.S. Open at Southern Hills in Oklahoma, sportswriter Dave Anderson asked golfer Tommy Bolt to compare the careers of Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan, two golfers who dominated previous decades of professional golf. Bolt's response was immediate. "Well," he drawled, "I've seen Nicklaus watch Hogan practice. I've never seen Hogan watch Nicklaus practice. Thus is the mystique of golfing legend Ben Hogan. He was the golfer's golfer, the man who other golfers sought to emulate. To capture the essence of a great man's life is a difficult task. BEN HOGAN: An American Life by James Dodson accomplishes that task in superb fashion. The biography is a homage to a man who overcame incredible obstacles to become the greatest golfer of his generation. It captures the essence and spirit of the sphinx-like man known to many as the Garbo of golf. Like all great biographies it builds on the life of its subject by allowing the reader to live in the Hogan era; to experience his accomplishments and share the disappointments of his life.

Those with even the slightest knowledge of golf history are familiar with the defining event in the life of Ben Hogan. In 1949, after having achieved stardom on the professional golf circuit, Hogan was nearly killed in a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus on a foggy two-lane Texas highway. Doctors feared for Hogan's life and doubted that he would ever walk again if he survived. Hogan not only recovered, but in 1950 he won the U.S. Open at Merion, a grueling physical feat that required Hogan to walk and play 36 holes of golf on the final Saturday of the tournament. Hogan's triumphant comeback was a story that Hollywood producers would reject as one that audiences would never believe.

Hogan's physical recovery in 1950 was not the first time that he overcame travail to achieve success in the golfing world. Dobson recounts several events that affected the bantam Texas golfer as he sought to achieve his goal of professional achievement and acceptance. As a young boy Hogan suffered a dark and terrifying event when his father committed suicide before his eyes. In today's Oprah confession society, Hogan would probably share such an event with a national audience. But in the post-depression era Hogan stoically kept the details of the incident to himself. Even his wife Valerie was unaware of the true facts concerning the death of Hogan's father until they had been married for many years.

Hogan was also required to overcome professional doubt as he attempted to succeed on the fledgling professional golf tour. It was not until his third attempt that he began to win with any regularity. Even though he won many tournaments, the goal of a victory in a major championship still eluded him. Three times he came to the final hole of a major event needing only to make a birdie putt for victory. Each time, he three-putted the final green to snatch defeat from potential victory. Through it all, the grim but dogged Hogan silently plodded onward, determined to become the greatest golfer in America. That he finally reached his goal was a tribute to his unremitting work ethic and self-reliance.

Any great biography is more than a story of one person's life. It must also be the story of those who touched the subject's life and the times in which the subject lived. BEN HOGAN: An American Life has all of these elements, and more. It is the story of Hogan and his wife Valerie, a woman as determined as her husband and perhaps equally as shy. She would travel with her husband to each tournament but could not bear to watch him on the course. She was with him in his car on the day of the accident, and his movement to shield her from the collision probably saved his life. She was his life partner who shared in his success.

James Dodson has also captured the essence of the early era of professional golf. The legends of golf in the 1930s and '40s all appear. Sam Snead and Byron Nelson who, in the public's eye, were everything Hogan was not, are an integral part of the story. Hogan's major championship victories, from the Masters to the British Open at Carnoustie, are recounted in detail. The reader is with Hogan for every critical shot and, like bantam Ben, probably reaches for a cigarette at a tense moment.

There is so much more of the life of Ben Hogan to experience in this extraordinary biography. Hogan was a unique and enigmatic man. Dodson has captured the true Hogan in this epic work. BEN HOGAN: An American Life is a book that golfers and non-golfers can savor. It is a must addition to any golfer's library and an inspirational saga of an American icon.

--- Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman ... Read more

4. It Could Happen To You:Diary Of A Pregnancy and Beyond
by Martha Brockenbrough
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Asin: 0740726854
Catlog: Book (2002-09-02)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Sales Rank: 47422
Average Customer Review: 4.96 out of 5 stars
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Martha Brockenbrough's It Could Happen To You is a delightfully funny diary of the author's own pregnancy through the first year of her daughter's life.It is the perfect antidote to all of the patronizing, horribly dull pregnancy books, which are long on advice and short on laughs.It Could Happen To You began as a column Brockenbrough wrote for the Microsoft Network while she was pregnant.During its tenure on MSN, it was the most widely read column about pregnancy and motherhood on the Internet.It's easy to see why.Brockenbrough's amusing approach to pregnancy and motherhood will strike a chord with experienced moms and the newly pregnant alike, who may wonder, as the author did, "Do I really have to wear maternity clothes?"Throughout the book, Brockenbrough shares her joys and her fears, and asks the questions every new mom wants to know, such as, "Why do old ladies keep telling me my baby is cold?" and share the realization that 'When you're a mother, your guilt light goes off the second you start doing something for you, instead of something for your child." A few not-to-be-missed chapters written by her husband, Adam, such as "A Guy's Guide to Baby Holding," provide a comical male perspective on the whole experience.Refreshingly honest and funny, It Could Happen To You is just right for bolstering the most important tool a new parent has - a sense of humor. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars you must read this book!
This book is unique. My wife and I are expecting our first child in a couple of months. She got this book from a friend and insisted that I read it. Boy am I glad that I did. Not only is it hilarious, but its the first pregnancy book I have read with a chapter just for Dad's to be that actually contains useful advice. Martha's husband writes a chapter that had me rolling! This book talks about all the things surrounding pregnancy that other books gloss over. It's the perfect, light, funny companion to the pregnancy instruction books we all know about (i.e. What to expect when you're expecting). Martha has a unique style that really sets her apart. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm buying a copy for all my pregnant friends!
Loved the column (I've read it when I was pregnant), love the book! Any future mom (or woman having second thoughts about motherhood) should read this book.
I cried, I laughed (my husband, my daughter and our pet looked at me suspiciously) I translated favourite parts to anyone who would listen..
Martha, please keep writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor (or midwife) ordered....
If the hormonal swings of pregnancy are getting you down, a dose of Martha Brockenbrough could be just what the doctor (or midwife) ordered. It Could Happen to You: Diary of a Pregnancy and Beyond makes the perfect companion to some of the more serious pregnancy reference books - the kind that may be causing you to toss and turn at night. Brockenbrough has the gift of being about to see the humor in everything from morning sickness to labor to mother guilt - and, trust me, that really is a gift. A lot of mamas-to-be lose their sense of humor long before delivery day....

5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly funny!
In a world where boring advice books are a dime a dozen, "It Could Happen to You!" is a lovely reprieve. The author's hilarious perspective of in-the-trenches pregnancy and parenthood shows the real side of having a baby. Her witty and sometimes irreverent observations on this eye-opening stage of life provide endless laughs -- and sometimes tears. This book is a must-have for all new moms and those soon-to-be!

5-0 out of 5 stars Are there more than 5 stars anywhere??
This book is absolutely delightful. I read exerpts of it to my husband last night and we were both laughing. This tickled my funny bone absolutely.

Get it, read it, love it like we do.

Happy New Year! ... Read more

5. Caddy For Life : The Bruce Edwards Story
by John Feinstein
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Asin: 0316777889
Catlog: Book (2004-04-06)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 1053
Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
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Beyond Golf's polished surface, there lies a world not often seen by the average fan. The caddy sees everything- the ambition, the strategy, the rivalries, the jealousies-that occurs behind the scenes. And now for the first time, along with America's favorite sportswriter, one of golf's legendary caddies will reveal the secrets behind one of our most popular sports. ... Read more

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Bruce Edwards's parents expected their son to attend college and to enter the medical field in a worthy career. After working as a caddy, Edwards took them by surprise with the news that he would seek a career as a caddy. Author John Feinstein tells us how Edwards eventually became the caddy for golf champion Tom Watson. Together, Watson and Edwards brought home many prestigious awards and titles.

After hearing Feinstein's audio book, listeners will discover it wasn't the material things that deemed caddying worthwhile for Bruce Edwards; rather, it was his personal, as well as his professional life in the golf world. Feinstein relays Edwards' relationships, especially with Watson, to show why Edwards was held in high regard by his friends.

The abridged edition goes behind the scenes of professional golf, but not in as much as the book version. Reading the book or listening to the audio, golf fans will appreciate Bruce Edwards's passion for golf, as well as Feinstein's dedication to writing about it, especially when it gets personal.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Life Well Lived - It's Story Well Told
In the days where professional golf seems to be so much about the money, it is refreshing to read a story about another aspect of golf that is not often told. The personal side of the relationship between a player and his caddy. Not just any player - Tom Watson. Not just any caddy - Bruce Edwards. They met by chance and Watson said they would try it for a week and see how it goes. It went for 30 years and ended only because Edwards contracted ALS. This is a charming and well told story that will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye. It isn't all fairways and greens. It also involves a heart and a soul.

5-0 out of 5 stars For the love of the game.
Bruce Edwards was passionate about golf, and he realized at a young age that the itinerant life of a caddy was ideal for him. He worked mostly with one man, the great Tom Watson, who also became his lifelong friend. If Edwards had not been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease when he was in his late forties, this book would not have been written. However, in 2003, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic told Edwards that he had only a short time to live. "Caddy for Life," by John Feinstein, is the poignant, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting story of this courageous man.

Feinstein writes knowledgeably not just about Bruce Edwards, but also about the game of golf. When Edwards started out as a caddy, he worked for peanuts, and his living accommodations were spartan. It was only in later years that Edwards and other caddies gleaned substantial financial rewards for their efforts. People like Edwards completely changed the nature of caddying. Edwards studied each golf course thoroughly and took meticulous notes about every bump and ridge on each green. In many ways, a sharp and experienced caddy can raise a golfer's game to a higher level, and Edwards was one of the best caddies in the game.

"Caddy for Life" is, most of all, an emotional paean to the close friendship that developed between Tom Watson and Bruce Edwards. Since they went through so much during their almost thirty years together on various golf courses, Watson and Edwards knew and loved each other like brothers. Watson cried often in the days and months after Edwards told him the grim news about his fatal illness. Since then, Watson has done his best to raise awareness as well as funds for research that may someday lead to a cure for this horrendous disease.

Edwards's illness devastated his loved ones, including his parents and three siblings. What a cruel fate that a short time after Edwards proposed to the love of life, Marsha, he was diagnosed with ALS. However, he refused to shut himself in his room and brood about his misfortune. Edwards spent the rest of his life caddying with Watson to the best of his ability, and fighting the disease that was robbing him of his speech and his strength.

"Caddy for Life" is not only about the sadness of a man cut down in his prime. It is also an entertaining and often amusing account of how various golfers have struggled to tackle some of the most challenging courses in the world. Feinstein illustrates time and again that golf is as much a mental as a physical game, and few golfers have the psychological makeup to handle the pressure. "Caddy for Life" is an engrossing, moving, and informative look at the world of golf and at one particular individual who has left an indelible mark on the game he loved so much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Take it from a non-golfer... this book is a MUST!!!
I am not a golfer. I don't play golf, watch golf or even play an impressive round of putt putt. This is the third Feinstein golf book I've read and probably the best. I was amazed not only by the power of the story but once again at Feinstein's writing power. I first experienced it when I happened upon my ex-husbands "A Good Walk Spoiled" and thought I'd read a few chapters until I got to the library to pick up something I wanted to read... 544 pages later I was fired up and completely engaged in the world of golf. Since then I have suggested that book to everyone I know who even has a mild interest in golf and many who don't. I was sitting in a hotel room in California when I saw on the news that Bruce Edwards had died. I immediately ordered "Caddy for Life". Feinstein had me hooked after the first page of the introduction. He has helped share the legacy of Bruce Edwards with a non-golfer like me. He treated Edward's life with dignity and compassion while giving the special gift of letting the reader meet the remarkable man which Bruce Edwards embodied. He will be missed not only on the golf green but also on this planet. Read this book... may we all be able to live a life as intentional and giving as Bruce Edwards.

5-0 out of 5 stars walked past this book in every airport but finally.....
I like Feinstein's writing (especially his book about the US Open) but I didn't see a whole book on this subject. Finally stuck in an Omaha airport, I broke down. And it has been an enjoyable read. You really come to care for Edwards and appreciate his love of the game, his profession, the Tour atmosphere and Watson. It is a book that is hard to put down and one that is hard to leave behind once you are done. ... Read more

6. In Search of the Greatest Golf Swing: Chasing the Legend of Mike Austin, the Man Who Launched the World's Longest Drive and Taught Me to Hit Like a Pro
by Philip Reed, Mike Austin
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Asin: 0786713666
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers
Sales Rank: 77281
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The tale of an eager golf disciple and Mike Austin, the sport’s most legendary long-driver and keeper of the secret to the perfect golf swing

"Can you teach an ordinary golfer like me to drive the ball 300 yards?" With this question Philip Reed’s search for the greatest golf swing begins, and so does his unanticipated journey through the triumphs, rumors, boasts, and heartaches in the life of ninety-one-year-old golf legend Mike Austin.As a middle-aged journalist striving to learn the simple task of driving a golf ball for distance, Reed discovers the complex soul of the man who has driven it farther and better than anyone else—and did it in his own inimitable way.

When Reed met Mike Austin, he already knew that the elder man held the record for the longest drive ever—recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records—an awesome 515-yard shot during the 1974 U.S. National Seniors Open.But what Reed didn’t know was that his enrollment in the Mike Austin school of golf would offer him a degree in history, Austin-style—turning pro at age eighteen; winning wagers on miraculous trick shots and earning the nickname of the "golfing bandit"; sharing a Hollywood apartment with Errol Flynn; giving secret golf lessons to Howard Hughes; matching shots against Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, and Chandler Harper; and training today’s long-drive champions, such as the mighty Mike Dunaway.

In this book, Reed chronicles his tutelage under the cantankerous Austin as his drives get longer and longer while his understanding of Austin’s prodigious legend grows.More than a revealing tale of golfing secrets, this is a story about a great man in the twilight of life handing down a legacy of extraordinary stories, hard-earned lessons, and tough love.In the end, one man’s search for the greatest golf swing leads him to a treasured friendship and the secrets of living life to the fullest. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!
This is a wonderful book about a relationship that begins as golfer and teacher and later develops into friendship. I've been interested in Mike Austin since I discovered that he taught Mike Dunaway, a former world long drive champion, how to swing. Although Mike Austin's videos provide incredible golf instruction, I got the impression from watching them that Mike Austin is a very interesting character as well. After reading Phil Reed's book, I feel like I know the man who hit the world's longest drive.

5-0 out of 5 stars In Search of the Greatest Golf Swing
This book was fascinating. As an avid golfer, I am always searching through golf magazines and books for some magic kernel of information or instruction that would straighten out my golfing woes. This book was an exciting find because it offered intriguing information about a swing technique and body mechanics I had not heard of or read about before. The book was so enjoyable because it is not a technical manual but a colorful account of Mike Austin; golf legend, inventor and the Guinness World record holder for the longest drive (515 yards). Mike accomplished this feat in a 1974 tournament with a persimmon, steal shafted driver at the age of 64. Mike divulges some of the secrets he employed in his golf swing to unleash unbelievable power, distance and accuracy. Phil Reed captures some of Mike's incredible life adventures that most of us only dream about. Mike's talents and larger than life exploits seem endless. In writing this book, Phil gave to those who love golf, a great story of a man who lived life large.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hole in One!
Okay, I don't play golf but this book was the perfect gift for the men and women on my gift giving list. (golf is big where I live) I loved the cover and they adored the book. Well written, lots of information. Giving this book to avid golfers was like making a hole in one! Thanks Philip Reed.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book!
Early this year, while scanning the forthcoming golf books on Amazon, I noticed that Mr. Reed was due to have his book on Mike Austin published in April. I noted the date in my Outlook calendar, set a reminder, and awaited it eagerly. I have been a big fan of Mike Austin's ever since he fielded a phone call from me some years ago and was generous enough to spend several hours on the phone with me. I was a fan for life and a book about Mike seemed almost too good to be true. The advance editorial review sounded promising but they all do so I really didn't know what to expect. Well, the book exceeded all of my expectations. Different from any golf book I have read and I believe that I own almost every one in print and quite a few out of print as well. There's some instruction and discussion about Mike's way to swing for those of you who are looking for that. And that is certainly worth the price of the book in and of itself. But there is so much more than that to the book. There's the story of Mike Austin's life and what an interesting one it is. There's the story of Mr. Reed's growing relationship with Mike and what a warm one it turns out to be. And there's also the story of Mr. Reed's quest for a 300 yard drive and his questioning of his own relationships with others as seen through his ever evolving relationship with Mike. It is a very good read. One that I hated to see end I was enjoying it so. I'm sure that you'll enjoy it as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Swing of All Time
Mike Austin is the longest and biggest hitter in golf history. Not only that, he swung the golf club better than anyone in recorded history. In addition, he may be one of the greatest athletes in world history, in league with Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan.
How can someone say that? Simple. Go to the tape. Order any of Austin's instructional videos and you can see for yourself. Most of todays long drive players swing the club so violently that most of us remain unimpressed, thinking that if we had the luxury of spraying the driver we could figure out how to swing like a gorilla too. But this is not the case with Austin. His swing reminds you of Snead and Els, easy, graceful, fluid and apparantly EFFORTLESS, and you get the sense, "hey, I could do that too". The difference between Austin and the two golfers I've mentioned is that Austin is 30-40% BETTER and 30-40% LONGER. His effortless action produced 400+ yard drives routinely with the old balls and the old wooden clubs, and was able to acheive this kind of length well into his sixties. (He hit his world record at 64. He even played in the wooden shaft era and was reportedly able to get 300 yards out of them). Even in his seventies he could threaten 350, while most golfers would be happy to get 180.
So why haven't you heard of Mike Austin? He can't putt. He came from the era of Hogan, Snead, and Nelson and could do better in long drive exhibitions and the like than playing the low paying (at that time) tour.
What Mr. Reed gives is a priceless insight into the life and mind of a human being of enormous accomplishment. He is apparantly abrasive, intelligent, and enormously confident, capable, and accomplished. He may be the actual Shivas Irons. What is so terribly unfortunate is that there is so little film of him, and so little about him is available in print. Thankfully we have this book to fill that gap. Mr. Reed does a spectacular job, but Austin always leaves us wanting more.
To the non-golfer I say here is the opportunity to learn about a legendary athlete equal to anyone in history. To the golfer, I say forget Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. Forget Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. Forget Sam Snead and Ben Hogan. Forget Butch Harmon and David Leadbetter. Mike Austin surpasses them all. In fairness, he may not have won what these gentlemen have, but it doesn't change the fact that he swung the club better than them all. ... Read more

7. Token Chick : A Woman's Guide to Golfing with the Boys
by Bob Hellman, Cheryl Ladd
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-04)
Publisher: Miramax Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Actress and golf enthusiast Cheryl Ladd shares tips‚ techniques‚ and her love of the game.

Cheryl Ladd is best known from her many years on television, starring in Charlie’s Angels and currently appearing in the hit NBC-TV show Las Vegas. But what many people don’t know is that she’s an avid golfer who regularly plays on the celebrity pro-am circuit. In fact, she is one of the most sought-after players worldwide, and for over twenty years has partnered with many of the world’s best golfers from the PGA and LPGA tours. When playing side by side with these top golfers, Cheryl feels like the "ultimate hacker in heaven." Golf has become her passion.

But as she spent more time on the course, she noticed she was always the only female in a sea of men. There were other celebrities, athletes, corporate CEO’s, but all men. Then it dawned on her–she was the token chick. Determined to prove herself as a worthy opponent and equipped with a keen sense of humor, lots of determination, and some really good lessons, she developed her game and became one of the most respected players on the green.

In Token Chick, Cheryl shares her experiences from her years on the tournament circuit, with insights on how men and women approach the game differently, and helpful tips and techniques from the best golfers in the world. Heavily illustrated throughout, Token Chick is an entertaining and indispensable guide for any woman who loves the sport, or is even just thinking about picking up a club. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Even a Better Writer than she is an Actress
We loved her on Charlie's Angels, then she disappeared into the world of pro-am golf, taking her shots alongside the likes of Greg Kinnear and Sidney Poitier.

Cheryl Ladd soon discovered that often she was the only woman invited to play at these male gatherings, and began to call herself the "token chick."It's hard to say whether or not she really likes being the only woman good enough to compete for the big money.Her writing is smooth and always compelling, and she knows how to tell a story so that you can't wait to turn the page to find out what happened.Sometimes the book feels a little self-aggrandizing, as though there were really an alternate universe in which Cheryl Ladd sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, in which she was the #1 recording artist in Japan, and also she starred on Broadway in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN!Maybe these things happened, but the truth is that it is unlikely Cheryl will ever live down her starring role on the famous Aaron Spelling series, Charlie's Angels.She has some awfully good stories about golfing with male chauvinist pigs, including the late Burt Lancaster, whom she credits with turning his attitude completely around once he knew she was serious about her game.An unnamed Olympian gets the royal treatment however, as Cheryl reveals what a talentless braggart he really is and how he was even too cheap to pay her 20 dollars once she beat him at his own game and how her husband had to shame him into giving her the twenty at a later club round.This hilarious chapter is called: "BBB--Boys Behaving Badly."

Cheryl also gets off a plug for CHILDHELP USA, apparently her pet charity, but she doesn't really say what it is and i found her vagueness about this sort of sinister.

Some stars get two thumbs up from Cheryl for never, ever hesitating to accept her as a fellow golfer.These stars included men who just weren't threatened by a little woman of five foot three competing in "a man's world."Some of the stars she praises include Clint Eastwood, Andy Garcia, Robert Wagner and--surprise!--Jimmy Connors.Who'd have thunk it, Jimmy!

Read this book also if you want a crash course in improving your handicap and (if you're a woman) using your breasts to help your game, not damage it.She suggests to all wives who are thinking of taking up golf not to try practicing with their husbad's clubs because they will soon get discuraged from continuing.In TOKEN CHICK there are lots and lots of pictures of Cheryl Ladd looking foxy which will appeal to a lot of guys and, of course, a lot of women as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cheryl Ladd is much more than a "Token Chick."
In her new book, Cheryl Ladd shows a side of herself that most people have never seen or heard. She is funny, witty, warm, charming, and an accomplished golfer who can hold her own on any course with anyone. Her book "Token Chick," written with Bob Hellman, will make you laugh, cry, and think. While providing great golf tips and great golf stories, Cheryl also provides a model for good sportsmanship on and off the green. Cheryl even makes a good case for using golf as a way to bring romance and friendship into a relationship. Although Cheryl writes this book primarily for women, there is something in it for everyone. It's well-written and inspiring. Get yourself to one of her book signings and meet one of the nicest and brightest ladies you'll ever meet. "Token Chick" is a "hole-in-one."
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8. The Hogan Mystique
by Martin Davis, Jules Alexander, Dave Anderson, Ben Crenshaw, Dan Jenkins, Ken Venturi
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Catlog: Book (1994-06-01)
Publisher: American Golfer
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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No one executed a shot with more force or authority than Ben Hogan," begins Ben Crenshaw's vivid recollection. Hogan won all of golf's major tournaments--the Masters, the British Open, the PGA Championship, and a record five U.S. Opens--and his golf swing became the model for generations of golf aficionados.

The unmatched scenes in this rare, elegant archive portray every aspect of Hogan's game, from his signature white linen cap to his Maxwell shoes from England (custom-made with an extra spike), along with thrilling close-ups of some of Hogan's most memorable shots. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Be sure to understand what you are getting
Whether you find this book worth the money will depend on whether you think Ben Hogan was the God of Golf (or at least one member of the Trinity). It is a large-format book, and the quality of the photographs (all black-and white) is excellent. I believe they were all taken on the same day, when Hogan allowed Jules Alexander to accompany him. They pretty much just show Hogan at work on the course, and they do capture who he was. The accompanying comments and essays are interesting, but the photographs are the stars of the book. Just make sure you realize that you are getting a series of photographs taken on one day -- this isn't a retrospective of Hogan's career, and there are no swing sequences or anything like that. If you are a Hogan worshipper, however, this book is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have work for the Hogan fan
This book is appropriately titled. The photos are truly classic and do a wonderful job of portraying the on-course Hogan, particularly his steely focus and gorgeous swing. The accompanying text is solid. I most enjoyed Ken Venturi's comments which accompanied the photos, as well as Dan Jenkin's recounting of the man behind the mystique. I was somewhat disappointed that the photos are all from the late 50s, mostly from the same tournament. Yet, this is only a minor issue. Every true Hogan fan should add this work to his or her collection. ... Read more

9. Sir Walter : Walter Hagen and the Invention of Professional Golf
by Tom Clavin
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-22)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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During the Golden Age of Sports in the 1920s, Walter Hagen was to golf what Babe Ruth was to baseball. The first professional golfer to make his living playing the game rather than teaching it, Hagen won eleven major professional tournaments over his long career -- two U.S. Opens, four British Opens, and five PGA Championships (including an amazing streak of four consecutive PGA wins) -- a record surpassed only by Jack Nicklaus. Hagen was also influential in helping to found the Ryder Cup and was the first American golfer to top $1 million in career earnings -- a figure equivalent to over $40 million today.

Award-winning sportswriter Tom Clavin has penned a thrilling biography that vividly recalls Hagen's dazzling achievements and the qualities that made him a star. Energetic, witty, and one of the best putters ever to walk the green, Hagen was a man who loved to party, was extraordinarily generous to his friends, and golfed the world over, giving exhibitions. He preferred to travel by limousine, and if he intended to stay awhile he'd bring a second limo just to transport his clothes, which were nothing but the finest. On his many trips across the Atlantic to compete in the Ryder Cup or British Open, Hagen was known to throw parties that lasted days, ending only when the ship reached the shore. He was also the first professional golfer to admit to playing not only for the love of the game, but also for the love of the winner's purse.

Walter Hagen, forerunner of today's sports superstars, is as dynamic a character as can be found in American sports history. Bringing Hagen to life with incredible detail and countless anecdotes, Sir Walter is the authoritative biography of the man who helped create professional golf as it's known today. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Bigger than Life Man
There are a handful of sports players who come into a game and leave it quite differently than they found it. I'm not sure that Hagen could be considered the intentor of professional golf, but I am sure that he is a major contender for the title. It seems like a lot of people in the time between the world wars lived life that was bigger than life.

Walter Hagen, like his friend Babe Ruth, seemed to live life the way he wanted. As he said, he didn't want to be rich, he just wanted to live that way. And it seems that he did. Hard parties, triumph on the golf course the next day. Travel was by limousine with a second one for his clothes.

There was a darker side of course, two failed marriages, the death of his son by an accidental gunshot wound, and his own death from cancer - a legacy of 45 years of cigarette smoking.

Mr. Clavin has done a supurb job of bringing this man and his life to us.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Original Sports Celebrity
Even if you are not a golfer, you will enjoy this biography which vividly portrays a man who pioneered the role of the celebrity sports star.The Tiger Woods of his time, Sir Walter Hagen brought attention to the sport of golf as well as himself.Clavin brings alive the era of the roaring twenties and breathes life into his subject with numerous anecdotes which make you feel like you were there on the green in the tie-breaker with Hagen himself. And for someone like me who doesn't know a lot about the history or specifics of the sport of golf, it proved educational on the fine points of the game.Hagen also emerges personally as a real dandy, and a larger than life social figure who always created excitment wherever he went.He sounds just like the type of guy you'd like to hang out with at the pub.

5-0 out of 5 stars brilliant
More than a golf book for people who love golf. Seabiscuit, Jack Dempsey, Babe Ruth, and, especially, Sir Walter evoke a bygone era of both professional sports and American culture that will never be duplicated. Clavin captures the essence of that era like no other golf book, or sports book, for that matter, that I have ever read. More than anything, when I finished this delicious narrative, I wanted grab my clubs and run out to play a round with Hagen - and then hang out with him and his famous friends in the Nineteenth Hole.

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10. Moe Norman: The Canadian Golfing Legend with the Perfect Swing
by Stan Sauerwein
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Catlog: Book (2004-01)
Publisher: Altitude Publishing Canada
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Murray "Moe" Norman has always been a little different. When he took up golf, at the age of 12, he spent hours hitting balls, swinging the club until his hands bled. He soon became a phenomenon on the amateur golfing circuit. Humbly aware of his special gift, Moe went on to set 33 course records, including three 59s, and has shot 17 hole-in-ones. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Golfer!! Moe Norman Rules!!
The reknowned author,Stan Sauerwein has written a great biography of a brilliant golfer,Moe Norman.He rules!! ... Read more

11. The Slam
by Curt Sampson
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-06)
Publisher: Rodale Books
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An intriguing and detailed look at the greatest season a golfer has ever had--when Bobby Jones became the first golfer to win all four major championships in one year
The year 2005 marks the 75th anniversary of Bobby Jones's remarkable 1930 season. No one had won the Grand Slam before--and no one has since. In a splendid narrative that is worthy of Jones's singular achievement, Curt Sampson, acknowledged as one of golf's best writers, captures the magic of his feat and the high cost he paid to achieve it, set against the backdrop of the Depression.

Jones was such a sickly child that he was unable to eat solid food until the age of 5. At 6 he found golf, and by age 14 he was nationally known as a golf prodigy. He had matinee idol looks and dated Zelda Sayre before novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald wed her. His 1930 golf season glittered so brightly that he got two tickertape parades. Then, at the top of his game, he shocked everyone and quit the sport.

The book focuses explicitly on Jones and 1930. His fast run to glory was a dark, intricate tale that has never been told until now. The public Jones waved to the crowd in tickertape parades and smiled for the newsreel cameras. Meanwhile, the private man endured agonies. He couldn't eat or sleep, and morning drinking became his norm. Jones won with skill, courage, a lottery winner's luck--and some truly shocking help from George Prescott Bush, the father and grandfather of presidents.

Jones conquered the world just as it was falling apart. His triumphs represented hope for the hopeless. In many ways, Jones was the horse the world followed before Seabiscuit. And like Laura Hillenbrand's mega-bestseller, this is a sports story that captures the essence of an era--equal parts compelling sports biography, sweeping social history, and stirring human drama.
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12. The Immortal Bobby : Bobby Jones and the Golden Age of Golf
by RonRapoport
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-04)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Acclaim for The Immortal Bobby

"Just when you think there is nothing new to be said or written on the subject of Bob Jones, Ron Rapoport comes along and proves that theory completely untrue. The Immortal Bobby is wonderfully reported and superbly written."
—John Feinstein, author of A Good Walk Spoiled and Caddy for Life

"The story of Bobby Jones's singular life is one of the most fascinating in sports history. Ron Rapoport's thoughtful, graceful style is well suited to telling that story."
—Bob Costas, broadcaster, NBC Sports and HBO Sports

"Beyond the grainy newsreels and the confetti falling on Broadway and Peachtree Street, there was an essential Bobby Jones, and Ron Rapoport reveals him splendidly in a portrait as graceful as the man. There's more here than Grand Slam 1930—the jangling nerves and self-doubt, the towering modesty in response to fame, the complexity of an Atlanta patrician, a life richly lived."
—Gary M. Pomerantz, author of Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn

"The skills of writing and reporting that fans of Ron Rapoport, like me, have come to expect from him over the years—candor, thoughtfulness, insight, perspective, humor—are once again demonstrated and illuminated in The Immortal Bobby. It is an important book about an important sports figure that, typically for Rapoport, goes beyond the confines of sports and fits firmly in the context of our culture."
—Ira Berkow, sports columnist and author of Red: A Biography of Red Smith

"Here is Bobby Jones as you've never seen him, almost fearful in the fires of competition, and Ron Rapoport shows us how that man became a legend."
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13. Golf & Life
by Jack Nicklaus, John Tickell
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-13)
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How did Jack Nicklaus become a legend?

Nicklaus'slife is one of extraordinary achievement: Not only did Jack Nicklaus win eighteen PGA Tour Majors, and eight Senior PGA Tour Majors during his one hundred victories worldwide, but he also gained fame as a golf course designer and goodwill ambassador.

Internationally acclaimed speaker and specialist medical practitioner Dr. John Tickell was one of millions in awe of the achievements of Jack Nicklaus.He wanted to know the secrets of the great man's enormous success in golf and life.When Dr. Tickell met Jack Nicklaus, he was given many insights into both the physical and mental demands of Nickalus's accomplishments.In this book Dr. Tickell interviews Jack Nicklaus about his remarable success and illustrates the how and the why of that success.

Dr. Tickell asked Jack Nicklaus to help him design a golf course.They combined their talents to build a championship course at the Heritage Golf and Country Club in Melbourne, Australia.During their time together, Nicklaus shared with Dr. Tickell the Four Principles of Greatness and other pointers to success.They spent many hours together discussing life and golf, golf and life, and now share with you those lessons on how to become a better golfer and, more important, a better human being.

This book presents seventy-two lessons on golf and life from a man who has consistently reached the top of the mountain in all aspects of life.It will motivate and uplift you--and quite possibly shave a few strokes off your game as well.
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14. How I Played the Game
by Byron Nelson
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Catlog: Book (1993-04-01)
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Worth your time
This is simply a straightforward account of Nelson's life by The Man himself. It's primary focus is his poor-as-dirt childhood and rise to stardom on the PGA Tour, culminating in The Streak of eleven straight wins in 1945 (he retired the next year). His television work is also covered, as is the death of his wife of 50 years and subsequent remarriage, but the primary focus is on his rise to stardom and retirement to ranching. It turns out that he doesn't have hemophilia as I'd always heard, nor did he retire because his "nervous stomach" couldn't take the stress of competition. The big virtue of the book is that it's written in a homey style that makes you feel as though Nelson is right there speaking to you in his Texas twang. It was written with assistance from his second wife, and it reads as though she must have been transcribing tapes. There is very little discussion of swing theory and no tips to help your game, but it's fascinating if you have an interest in what it took to make a living in professional golf in the 1930s and 1940s. It should be required reading for today's pampered pros who make more for one fifth-place finish than Nelson made in his entire career as one of the all-time greats. He comes across as an extremely decent, religious man that you would've liked to have known. ... Read more

15. The Majors : In Pursuit of Golf's Holy Grail
by John Feinstein
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Catlog: Book (1999-04-06)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Average Customer Review: 4.04 out of 5 stars
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As much a force of nature in sporting pursuits as John Grisham is on lawyers or Steven King is on the weird, the dauntingly prolific John Feinstein once again steps up to take a swing at golf. While A Good Walk Spoiled chronicles the pressures and tensions of a full season on the PGA Tour, The Majors narrows the vista, and expands the importance, to the chase for the four prestigious titles--the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA--that separate the great careers from the pretenders. That the chase occurred in 1998 turns The Majors from a compelling chronicle into a thrilling one.

A thorough reporter, Feinstein does the necessary homework both inside and beyond the ropes. He dusts off history and anecdote to provide perspective and explore how and why these four particular tournaments sprouted such regal fur around their collars. Still, perspective is just background if there's no focus to give it meaning, and he finds a bagful of it in the individual quests and the public and private dramas of, most notably, Fred Couples, Lee Janzen, Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara, Phil Mickelson, and David Duval. All entered the season with much to prove--to themselves and posterity, and the latter is what the Majors are so imposingly about. As Feinstein observes, "Four days a year, golfers go out to play for Forever. Those are the four Sundays at the major championships. They all know what is at stake." As the record shows, none staked a claim more improbably or excitingly than O'Meara, who put a pair of exclamation points on a long, distinguished--but significantly Major-less--career with stunning, gutsy victories at both the Masters and the British Open. Feinstein records these quests with precision and color; as usual, he aims at a target and shoots better than par. --Jeff Silverman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Nice account about the toughest tasks in golf
There is no doubt that noted sportswriter and author, John Feinstein, is quite the golf fan. He currently has three separate books on the market about golf. "A Good Walk Spoiled" deals with the vast cross-section of PGA Tour players from the 'grinders' who can barely make the tour to the elite who win the major tournaments. Feinstein's most recent book, "Open" focuses on the notable 2002 U.S. Open tournament held at New York's Bethpage Black public golf course. In between these broad and narrow manifestos, Feinstein finds a middle ground in his book, "The Majors". "The Majors" follows a similar approach to "A Good Walk Spoiled", but narrative focus is narrowed to only deal with the four 'major' tournaments: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship. Instead of focusing on all the golfers who play on the tour, Feinstein cares about those are legitimate contenders for the majors and the pressures they endure in pursuit of golf's Holy Grail.

The season in question is the 1998 PGA Tour season. This is just one year after Tiger Woods burst on to the scene with his shocking domination of the 1997 Masters. In the interim, Tiger-mania has faded as has Woods' performance. 1998 is less about Tiger and more about men who have long battled for these trophies, but had, so far, failed to attain them. It is ironic that Tiger's good friends, Mark O'Meara actually became the big winner of 1998 with his victory in The Masters and the British Open.

"The Majors" is quite an enjoyable read because of how it thrusts the reader in the high pressure world of big-time golf and major tournaments. Feinstein is a gifted sportswriter and great author. "The Majors" is just one more testament to that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Top-notch Feinstein Work
If you've read "A Good Walk Spoiled," you have to follow it up with this Feinstein gem. He once again takes you inside the game like no one else can. Feinstein puts a great deal of focus on the men behind the Masters, and gives you a good idea of the pressure at the U.S. Open. You also see that most Americans who put the British Open a step below the first two majors are clearly uninformed about what major championship golf is all about. Finally, you realize that the PGA is the least important of the four majors, searching to find an identity to distinguish itself.

Some of the more interesting storylines are the close detail in which Fred Couples' season was followed, the improvement in Payne Stewart's attitude, the unbelievably rock-hard nerves of U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, and the love the Brits showed Open qualifier Larry Mize. However, the most intriguing information comes from the in depth discussion of the career of David Duval. Before I read the book, I despised Duval and thought he was nothing but an arrogant jerk. However, after reading the book, I came to respect him for his no excuses attitude.

Overall, I obviously recommend that anyone who follows the PGA tour read this masterpiece.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inside the Ropes at the Majors in 1998
The year was 1998 and the winners were Mark O'Meara (The Masters at Augusta National and The British Open at Royal Birkdale), Lee Janzen (The U.S. Open at the Olympic Club), and Vijay Singh (The P.G.A. Championship at Sahalee Country Club). Although all four Majors are conducted under the collaborative supervision of the U.S.G.A. and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club organizations, each has its own terms and conditions for participation as well as stages of qualification to compete with those who, for various reasons, are automatically eligible. For me, one of this book's most fascinating subjects is the qualifying process to which many are called but few are eventually chosen. Perhaps only the annual process to earn a P.G.A card creates greater tension and frustration for those involved.

To the extent that space allows, Feinstein examines wannabes as well as perennial and promising contenders for each of the championships in 1998. He includes hundreds of vignettes and anecdotes about them, thus giving human significance to the names on the scoreboard. I also appreciate having historical information which creates a context for each Major, three of which have a different course location each year. Only the Masters has a permanent site.

P.G.A. golf competition is unique among professional sports in that players are essentially self-regulated, personally assume all costs of participation (travel, accommodations, caddy, etc.), and earn nothing if they fail to make the 36-hole cut. It is not uncommon for one player to prevent another from inadvertently breaking a rule as Tom Kite once did near the end of the final round when he was in contention. Later, Kite was astonished that anyone was surprised by his initiative which probably denied him victory in that tournament. (The player he assisted won it.) Feinstein skillfully captures the flavor and nuances of what can be ferocious competition but also the fact that it is (with rare exceptions) conducted with dignity, style, and grace as well as with exceptional skill.

For those who love the game of golf and especially for golfers who are eager to know what it is like to compete in the Majors, this is the book to read. It reads more like a novel than an almanac. It reveals "the joy of victory" for some and the "agony of defeat for others" while celebrating certain values which seem to have become less common each day...except on a golf course. For whatever it may be worth, over the years I have played probably 500 rounds of golf on several dozen different golf courses (both public and private) and do not remember a single "ugly" encounter with another player. Having said that, I feel obliged to point out that "golf" is "flog" spelled backwards. On numerous occasions, it really has been for me "a good walk spoiled" but my passion for the game and my respect for those who play it so well remain undiminished.

Beginning in 1960, Theodore H. White wrote several "The Making of the President" accounts. I was reminded of that as I read this book, wishing that Feinstein or another author of comparable talent would write an annual volume in (let's call it) "The Making of Majors' Champions" series. This would enable avid golfers such as I to return in time to memorable moments during past Majors competition. End-of-year DVDs featuring such moments plus commentaries among special features would also be much appreciated. Meanwhile, we have Feinstein's lively as well as informative book which recreates (to the extent a text can) stirring triumphs by O'Meara, Janzen, and Singh as well as dozens of other human subplots associated with those victories eight years ago.

4-0 out of 5 stars A leisurly and delightful tour of the Major championships
John Feinstein reports the stories of the 1998 major golf championships through the lives of several players who were contending for one or more of them that year. The Majors are, of course, The Masters, The US Open, The Open Championship (British Open), and the PGA Championship. Saying that Mark O'Meara won The Masters and the British Open, Lee Janzen the US Open, and Vijay Singh the PGA Championship says almost nothing about the character, history, and the dynamic nature of life and competition on the PGA tour.

Mr. Feinstein helps us get to know some of these players as people. We learn some things about their health, how the got to the PGA tour, how qualifying for the various majors is done (and other tournaments, for that matter). Of course, the author reports actual competitions and how the leaders changed position and finally emerged victorious.

All of this is told in a rather meandering and leisurely style. If you want crisp, concise, and beginning to end reporting this book really isn't for you. However, if love golfing anecdotes and enjoy reading about golfing events, I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did. I learned about players I didn't know and learned more about some that I did know. Certainly, I learned more about these events we call the Majors and my enjoyment of them has been enhanced because I have read this book. Thanks to Mr. Feinstein for that favor.

2-0 out of 5 stars Majors Is Minor Feinstein
Is a book a book because an author says it is? Or is it a book because it is about something?

John Feinstein seems to take the former "I write therefore it is" approach. As a result, I never quite got what "The Majors" was about. My fault? I don't think so. I not only "got" the point of Feinstein's previous golf book, "A Good Walk Spoiled," but enjoyed it. That book belongs on any sports lover's shelf, and is worth any novice's time as well.

"A Good Walk Spoiled" is about the lives and trials of the pro golfer. "The Majors," despite the title, is about much the same thing, not so much the four events that make up the biggest trophies in pro golf but the elite PGA Tour pros who compete for these titles.

Frankly, if you aren't hot for golf, you aren't going to relate to these millionaires and their quest to buck the dread acronym BPNTHWAM (best player never to have won a major) the way you will to the fringe folk and dewsweepers that made up the cast of "A Good Walk Spoiled," for whom making the cut was the difference between survival and doom.

There are some decent profiles here, like that of Mark O'Meara, who won two of the four majors in 1998, the year of Feinstein's narrative. O'Meara seems affable, but I got no sense of hunger from the guy. Brad Faxon offers some revealing insights, but since he didn't contend for any majors, he seemed a waste of time in the ultimate scheme of the book. A lot of golfers Feinstein profiles are like that. Meanwhile, players who did contend in 1998 majors are skimmed over, like PGA Championship winner Vijay Singh, British Open runner-up Brian Watts, and most crucially, Tiger Woods. Feinstein probably couldn't get the same level of access to these guys he could to those he dotes on, but that shouldn't be the reader's problem, should it?

Unlike "A Good Walk Spoiled," the writing feels tired. The humor is forced. He throws in some clunky metaphors. A caddy "studies the wind the way a political pollster studies trends." Tiger Woods' security entourage are "like the guys chasing Butch and Sundance: You could see them coming from miles away." This makes the rote approach to the subject all the more apparent, and enervating.

Feinstein seemed to be trading in on the good will he engendered on the pro circuit with "A Good Walk Spoiled." That's great, if he gives the reader something for his new access. But whereas "Good Walk" was a candid and often blunt description of what went on inside the ropes, "The Majors" seems more an exercise in puffery and back-patting, never more egregious than with Fred Couples, a decent golfer and a good guy who Feinstein blows totally out of proportion in his narrative. Couples doesn't contend except at the Masters, but Feinstein can't let go of him for more than a chapter at a time.

The biggest problem about this book is it isn't about the title subject. He doesn't give equal time to the four majors, doesn't really relate any of the day-to-day drama, and offers little insight as to the courses or the final-day fields. He reports the winners, and some key shots, but that's it. If you want majors excitement, read Herbert Warren Wind or "Massacre At Winged Foot."

"The Majors" won't interest people who don't care much about golf, and though it has some interesting insights that made it more than a one-star read for me, it's not something that knowledgeable golf readers are going to find that illuminating. ... Read more

16. Out of the Rough : An Intimate Portrait of Laura Baugh and Her Sobering Journey
by Laura Baugh, Steve Eubanks, Arnold Palmer
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In 1971 she was the most promising woman golfer in the world, before alcohol took control, almost killing her. Now on the road to recovery, Baugh speaks candidly about her lifetime of pain, pressure, and perseverance. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A VERY DRAMATIC STORY

5-0 out of 5 stars Who's In Control?
Isn't that the question since we were chldren? Who's in control here? Some figure it out quicker than others and learn the lesson better. For others, like Laura, it takes time and pain. But in the end, gain.

Her pain and gain, here exposed for all the world to see, is for the comfort and strength she gives through this book to those who find themselves or loved ones in -- out of control.

Frightening and shocking is the realization that such substances take over and dominate such intelligent, talented people. The fight will always be there. Close by though, more powerful than those unrelenting enemies are Laura's strengths she's learned to rely upon and live for, God and children. May both bless her.

She's a winner in more important events than just LPGA championships.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, insightful, and educational
Laura Baugh's openness and candor makes her story a must-read for anyone in recovery, or anyone who knows someone in recovery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Growing Up is So Painful!
If you are alcoholic or know someone who is, this is an insightful read. If you know anything about golf (which I don't), it would make the book an even more intimate experience. Sharing Laura's journey is worth the time to see how thoughtlessly one's life can become completely out of control, if not life-threatening as well. 'Good luck, Laura: every day is like climbing a mountain, and drunk or sober, having 7 kids is more than a juggling act.'

5-0 out of 5 stars THE MYSTERY SOLVED
As a contempory of Ms. Baugh, I often wondered why this extremely gifted golfer would fail to win not only the BIG ONE, but ANY golf match as a pro. Ms. Baugh, in an honest approach, explains how alcohol became her best friend and a god to her. She tells of her early misses in golf tournaments and the later matches where alcohol caused her hands to shake. She fooled no one but herself and admits she is an alcoholic. An excellent book. Recomended to anyone who faces this problem or knows someone who faces this problem. A GREAT BOOK!! ... Read more

17. Somewhere in Ireland, A Village Is Missing An Idiot
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-20)
Publisher: Rugged Land
Sales Rank: 18544
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Golf’s multitalented combination of Dave Barry, P.J. O’Rourke, and Rick Reilly, David Feherty is the nation’s funniest and most popular on-screen golf personality. His "Sidespin" column is the most popular feature in Golf Magazine, and his first novel, A Nasty Bit of Rough, cracked the New York Times bestseller list. Now, at long last, an omnibus of Feherty’s best nonfiction hilarity.

Somewhere in Ireland, A Village is Missing an Idiot is a collection of Feherty’s most popular Golf Magazine columns, intermingled with his most outrageous work from As an added bonus, readers will be treated to some notorious pieces from his work at the British publication Golf Monthly. Edited by and with a running commentary by Feherty, and accompanied by some of the priceless letters to the editor from readers across the country and around the globe complaining about Feherty’s perversity, Somewhere in Ireland is the perfect Father’s Day gift for the crankiest duffer in every family.
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4-0 out of 5 stars If you read the column, buy the compilation
I only recently picked up on David Feherty and his writing. Being on the far side of the Pacific from where he plies his trade sets me back as to the happenings off the green in the golf world by, well, years. I found this one book helpful not only with catching up on golf in general, but also in getting aquainted with Mr. Feherty and his pen.

Most I think will go after this book because they want to see "the lighter side of golf". As anyone who has read this book or regularly looks at the column itself can tell you, this is off-color humor that is best taken in small amounts over a vast period of time. Not that there are any boring segments (some are less interesting than others, but none outright boring), but rather the parade of gradeschool humor that is presented in just about every other chapter can be wearing.

What will likely keep a reader coming back (perhaps once a week at most) is that he is a fairly good writer. Containing selections from his column over the past five years and more does carry the trap of repition in phrases and cliche, but this isn't tiring in the least. He is very capable of retelling stories better than most in the sports world. His "letters" do tend to wear on one's patience at times, however.

If you are a David Feherty fan, you will want to have this to glance through to get you through a gloomy day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good, old-fashioned clubhouse humor
To many people, golf is a tradition-rich sport, governed by stuffy, upper-class men with little or no sense of humor. For people who play golf, there is another side of the game: the funny, raunchy, and sometimes obscene area where most weekend duffers spend their golfing lives and many professionals spend much of their off-camera time. David Feherty is a member of the latter group, and has collected a group of his Golf Digest articles to make this book.

Feherty is a former professional golfer who now works as a commentator for CBS Sports, and has spent various portions of his career in various locales, both mainstream and remote. His tales of life on the Safari Tour and on the European Tour are priceless stories of anonymous toil in golf backwaters told as only Feherty can tell them. He skewers many in his stories, from the golf establishment to frequent partner Gary McCord, mercilessly, while reserving the most embarassing stories for himself. This self-deprecating humor is certainly endearing and makes for some of the best reading in the book.

Also included are great articles which display the emotional side of golf from an insider's perspective, from the patriotic fervor of Davis Cup competitors to the grief felt by the whole tour at the loss of Payne Stewart.

As some reviewers have mentioned, the humor in this book tends to focus on bodily functions. If gas jokes offend you, then this is not the book for you. If they don't, then get ready for some great golf writing and absolute hilarity, Feherty-style.

5-0 out of 5 stars Broad Ranged
Sure, 'Somewhere in Ireland' contains a good deal of potty humor- I'm amazed at how many times Feherty has soiled himself on a course. But this book is hillarious while also being inspiring. It contains some practical (but not technical) tips, and is full of life lessons. I've laughed out loud plenty of times while reading this book, and have come close to tears at some of the sentiment. If you don't enjoy this book, you have no sense of humor and no soul.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just not funny
This book has only one theme, bodily functions, and it repeats the theme over and again. It is painful to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This is one of the nuttiest, funniest books I've read in some time. Feherty takes a boring game and makes it seem interesting. What a character! For more laughs I also recommend WHO'S YOUR CADDY, STUPID WHITE MEN and NO ONE'S EVEN BLEEDING. ... Read more

18. Arnold Palmer : Memories, Stories, and Memorabilia from a Life on and Off the Course
by Arnold Palmer
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He's got 61 PGA Tour victories to his credit, is a highly sought-after spokesperson, has authored several books and designed a few golf courses in his day, not to mention he pilots his own plane, but to millions of fans he's not Mr. Palmer, not even Arnold. He's simply Arnie-the world-famous guy next door. His achievements on the green may have made him a celebrated athlete, but it's his approachability and down-home humility that have secured his status as one of the most admired people in and out of sports. In this, his first illustrated, autobiographical book, he shares the adventures of his extraordinary life in the same accessible, entertaining voice that's already made him such a familiar figure.

Arnold Palmer: Memories, Stories, and Memorabilia from a Life On and Off the Course gives readers the opportunity to spend some time with Arnie and enjoy firsthand his fascinating anecdotes both personal and professional. These tales alone would be enough to entice any golf fan, but the book features not only rare photos from Arnie's private collection but also removable facsimiles of 12 collectibles from his archives: golf souvenirs, letters, and pictures, all displayed in glassine envelopes. The next best thing to a scrapbook handcrafted by the man himself, for fans of the legendary golfer it's the gift equivalent of a hole in one. AUTHOR BIO: ARNOLD PALMER is commander-in-chief of "Arnie's Army," the world's largest noncombative force. Among his 61 PGA Tour victories, Palmer won the Masters four times, the U.S. Open once, and the British Open twice. A gifted athlete, Palmer is also an accomplished entrepreneur, a skilled aviator, a prominent advertising spokesperson, a talented golf course designer, and the author of four books about the game. He resides in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
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19. Afternoons With Mr. Hogan: A Boy, a Golf Legend, and the Lessons of a Lifetime
by Jody Vasquez
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Gotham Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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Ben Hogan’s former ball shagger recounts firsthand stories of the golf legend—and reveals, for the first time, Hogan’s Swing Secret, a source of mystery to golfers for more than fifty years.

Ben Hogan’s pro-golf record is legendary. A four-time PGA Player of the Year, he celebrated sixty-three tournament wins and became known as a man of few words and fewer close friends. Most of what we know about Hogan has been based on myth and speculation. Until now.

In the 1960’s, though Hogan’s competitive career was over, he kept the practice habits that had made him famous and remade modern competitive golf. He hired fifteen-year-old Jody Vasquez to help. Each day, after driving to a remote part of the course at theShady Oaks Country Club, Hogan would spend hours hitting balls, and Vasquez would retrieve them. There, and over the course of their twenty-year friendship, Hogan taughtJody the mechanics of his famous swing and shared his thoughts on playing, practicing, and course management—unknowingly revealing much about his character, values, and beliefs, and the events that shaped them.

In Afternoons with Mr. Hogan, Jody Vasquez shares dozens of stories aboutHogan, from the way he practiced, selected his clubs, and interacted with other star players to his little-known humor and generosity. Combining the gentle insight of TomKite’s A Fairway to Heaven (which recalls Kite’s golf education under HarveyPenick) with the sage perspective of Penick’s own Little Red Book, Vasquez’s tribute is funny, poignant, and full of advice for golfers of all levels.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Not much to this book
Not much here that hasn't already been written about Hogan. The so-called "Secret" is nothing more than a rehash of old swing tips that the author (a scratch golfer) apparently never thought was significant enough to incorporate in his own swing, but now after 37 years, believes is "book material". In my opinion, there isn't much to this book and it wasn't very interesting. I watched Hogan hit shag balls and that was a lot more interesting than reading this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant but light
This is a pleasant little book of not much consequence. Golfer's probably won't learn anything about Hogan that they didn't already know, but they'll have a few more stories to share. Let's face it, he wasn't a bucket of laughs. The famous "secret" isn't all that secret. The cupped left wrist was revealed in Hogan's own book, and the action of the right knee isn't much of an addition. Frankly, the most interesting parts of the book are the descriptions of Hogan's clubs and practice routine. We learn here for the first time that Hogan's clubs were 4 degrees open and, hence, produced his famous power fade. Unfortunately, we're not told how he hit a hook, a shot at which he was equally adept. That would have been interesting. We also learn that he practiced from the bottom up, i.e., he hit short clubs before long clubs, and that he alternated fades and draws in succession. His command of his shotmaking is emphasized over and over, but we already knew that. So, if you're a Hogan aficionado, here's nice book to read. If you're not, there are better choices.

5-0 out of 5 stars Answers Are In The Dirt!
This is simply a great book on one of, if not the best golfer ever. He did it with intense work, not pr or friendliness. He knew the golf swing for himself, and demonstrated that.

Here an amazing sharing of his involvement with this man, a young man who shags balls and watches, and shags and watches and interacts for the rest of their lives together.

The simpleness, yet dramaticness of this relationship is revealed in brevity in terms of words and pages, but pondering what goes on in these 160 pages is intense and profitable for golfers.

For those outside golf, Hogan must come off as insolent and insensitive. Yet, he is ultimate golfer. The Swing Secret is revealed, and it is amazing, right knee and left wrist. Am going to find out "in the dirt myself."

The stories here are priceless and will continue the great mystique and rightful place of the Hawk. Favorites include the response to the German pro watching him during Kostis GD story, "You're a golf pro. You should know the answer."

The second was the ad shoot. Hogan readies himself for filming hitting three consecutive terrible swings. Then on cue, perfect contact and swing.

People want the easy way out. To hurdle over the time and expenditure of effort and toil and yes, dirt. Hogan was not of this mold. Golfers appreciate this. You must find yourself and have confidence that you know what the shot required feels like and can repeat it.

A rare one to be reread, and rethought, and used "in the dirt." Thanks, Jody.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice job of describing a complex man
Not being a golfer, I read the book because I have always been fascinated by the mystique that surrounds Ben Hogan. Golfers have maintained an almost religious devotion to Hogan and the stories that feed into his legendary status in the game.

Mr. Vasquez writes with obvious reverence as Mr. Hogan clearly had a great and sustained influence on him.

However, reading it with only cursory knowledge of Mr. Hogan's life (i.e., his bus accident and long rehab), I came away feeling that Mr. Hogan is not the type of person you'd like to spend alot of time with. He is intense, intimidating, and seems to have the need to control the rules pertaining to all interactions with him. In this regard, he reminds me of other "difficult sports geniuses" like Ted Williams, Bill Russell, or Bobby Knight.

Mr. Vasquez recounts that Nick Faldo paid almost $10,000 to charter a flight to visit Ben Hogan and Hogan didn't even agree to watch Faldo hit a few balls. I was also struck by the warning given to Faldo prior to his visit, "Don't ask Mr. Hogan any questions about putting." Apparently Hogan, a notoriously pedestrian putter, would end the meeting if it deviated from his "comfort zone."

It's amazing how behavior that we wouldn't accept in ordinary acquaintances is okay if you have a precocious talent to hit a golf ball, throw a ball through a hoop, or run fast.

Anyway, that's just my humble opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Local Legend - Local Author
As a resident of the Fort Worth area I have heard most of the stories about Mr. Hogan. Jody brings many of these stories to reality. Although many will read this book for 'the secret', I think most will find the first-hand stories most appealing. They are humorous, insightful and revealing. It was an enjoyable read and on my gift list for friends and business associates. ... Read more

by Jack Nicklaus
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Catlog: Book (1997-04-16)
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As "The Golfer of the Century," Jack Nicklaus is arecognized authority on the game's history and direction, and in his 13thbook, My Story, he shares the details of his most impressivevictories. With 20 major championships under his belt, he has plenty ofhighlights to share, including shot-by-shot analyses of his classic battles withfellow legends Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Tom Watson. Indeed,Nicklaus seems to recall every shot of his illustrious career, and he is able toinfuse his discussions of final round action with suspense, even thoughwe've known the outcomes all these years. To this erudite study of golf theGolden Bear adds personal elements that reveal the man behind the one-iron.Nicklaus describes his business dealings--both successes and failures--hislove of golf course design, the effects of celebrity status, and his childhood.Written with his longtime collaborator Ken Bowden, My Story isanother eagle for the man whose name fills the record books. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book, hits all the highlights of his great career.
In fact, I have only very minor complaints about the book. One is that his "contributor", Bowden, uses some phrases ad nauseam. I don't know how many times we read that Jack finished the third round 3 shots "adrift" of the leader. Not trailing by three, or behind by three, but "adrift" by three. Using that term for variety is okay, but it's used to death. I think he's a golfer, not a sailor.

Again, though, that's a minor distraction that doesn't take away from the enjoyment of reading about the greatest.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Incredibly Charming and Informative Book
Jack Nicklaus' career is one of the greatest in all sports. Especially famous are his 18 major victories (20 if you count the US Amateur), and this book is a story about those victories, and his life in between. His book is divided into 20 chapters - one for each of those major victories, and in them he discusses the events which transpired before that particular tournament, and the tournament itself. What a natural yet perfect structure for a book like this!

The best aspect of the book, I felt, was the immediacy with which Nicklaus writes. When you read this book you almost feel as if Nicklaus is talking to you, just yourself, at points.

Each chapter talks about a particular tournament and what happened before it. Particularly amazing is the clarity with which Nicklaus can recall those tournaments he describes. He describes individual key holes, what was going through his mind, and the general up and downs which accompany a round of golf. After reading this book, we know Nicklaus is a champion: he can win not only when he's up, but also when he's (to some extent) down. Also, as an interesting side note, Nicklaus also gives a few golfing tips - perhaps no one can become as great as him, but it never hurts to try!

And the last aspect of the book I found enjoyable were the photographs. True, they were black and white, but show how he changed over time, and chronicle some of the most memorable moments of his major career wins.

You come away more convinced than ever of Nicklaus' greatness. A great book to read anywhere, anytime.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest tells his story
Insights into this champion and our time in golf will be read by the future generations through the Bear's eyes. Humble yet intense, this guy never quits. Especially enjoyed his sharing of what was going on inside with his famous finish at Turnberry in 1977. He's a guy you respect for his game and his person.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you like Jack, this ones for you
Having been a golfer for 26 years and taught by my Dad, I can relate well to this book. Jack is one of my top 2 favorite players, the other being Tiger Woods. This book tracks Jacks career from kid to Senior Tour. To look back at it, he was a tremendous player. Tiger has his work cut out to surpass Jacks career achievements. Good stuff about his family, mentors and fellow players. A must for Jack fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars A golden treasure about the golden bear!
Who won 2 U.S. Amateurs, 6 Masters, 4 U. S. Opens, 3 British Opens, 5 PGA Championships and countless other golf tournaments? Who was honored and the greatest golfer in the 20th century? Jack Nicklaus and nothing more need to be said.

This 13 tape, that's right 13 tapes, collection is a truly one of a kind audio book, that I will hold onto for years to come and pass on to my children. Jack Nicklaus exemplifies every that golf stands for.

Reading the book was a great experience, however listening to it added even more to the already exciting and glamorous career that has spanned over 40 years. I enjoyed each and moment of the audio book.

One thing I think may have added even more to the recording would have been if the Golden Bear himself has done the reading. Overall this ranks as one of the great books I have reviewed so far! ... Read more

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