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61. Play Great Golf
by Glenn Harrold
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Asin: 1901923169
Catlog: Book (2003-08)
Publisher: Diviniti Publishing
Sales Rank: 1889223
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A superb high quality hypnosis CD combining powerful hypnotherapy techniques with state of the art digital recording technology. Will help golfers of all standards to develop a strong mental focus and consistently play great golf. Also includes modelling techniques and many post hypnotic suggestions to help the listener develop great timing, judgement, and self-belief.

Includes : A pleasant English voice guiding the listener into a completely relaxed state of mind & body. Hypnotic echoed background vocals panning from left to right across the stereo range - a deeply relaxing and unique effect. 60 B.P.M digital sound effects & powerful subliminal suggestions - all compounding the overall effect.

From the Best selling Diviniti Publishing Hypnosis range which regularly features in the top 20 of the Whitaker Book track UK audio chart. ... Read more


62. "And then Tiger Told the Shark...": A Collection of the Greatest True Golf Stories Ever Told
by Don Wade, Arte Johnson, Greg Norman
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Asin: 1574534378
Catlog: Book (2001-09-09)
Publisher: Audio Literature
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Read with arch wit and a complete understanding of the sport by Arte Johnson, himself a seasoned golf pro who knows most of the protagonists personally, this series is the perfect off-course amusement for the aficionado or player. A refreshing change of pace in a field dominated by how-to books. Laugh-In star Arte Johnson's performance is timeless. Best-selling golf writer and golf historian Don Wade returns with another collection of real-life stories from the greatest golfers ever to play the game. This audio brings together living legends, past champions, and current top-of-the-leader board stars in one entertaining book of truth. ... Read more


63. It's Only a Game
by David Fisher
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Asin: 0743509609
Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: Sound Ideas
Sales Rank: 439692
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This is the absolutely guaranteed 100% mostly true story of the man who gained sports immortality as the first quarterback to win four Super Bowls. After ending his playing career, he was voted "America's most popular sports broadcaster" in a nationwide vote.

"I had a real job once..." begins a memoir as honest and downright hysterical as Bradshaw himself. From his humble beginnings in Shreveport, Louisiana, to his success as the centerpiece of the highest rated football studio show in television history, Terry has always understood the importance of hard work. A veritable jack-of-all-trades, he has probably held more jobs than any other football Hall of Famer ever, from being a pipeline worker, a youth minister, a professional singer, actor, television and radio talk show host, to one of the nations's most popular speakers.

But let's not forget why so many people know and love Terry Bradshaw: he won four Super Bowls -- and as he will remind you: "I called my own plays." Terry brings the listener into the huddle and describes the game from the bottom of a two-ton pile to the top of the sports world. You'll sit right on the 50-yard line and watch as Terry earns the title: world's greatest bench-warmer. And you'll also hear about the single greatest play in pro footballthe Immaculate Reception -- as he never saw it.

It's Only a Game is the personal account of a great man's search for life before and after football...as only Terry could tell it. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Terry Bradshaw On Terry Brandshaw
There's no denying it. You either love this guy or you can't stand him. I've yet to meet anyone who feels any other emotion about Terry Bradshaw. This book just might change some of the perceived negatives about the man, if the reader keeps an open mind. What Bradshaw is most proud of is justified. The man loves his children, is proud of where he came from, & he can't get enough football. The first QB to win FOUR Super Bowl rings doesn't wear them! He says it's enough that he knows he has them & why. (I like that a lot!) The book is filled with typical Bradshaw country yarns, football stories, etc., & most are self-effacing. I bought the book as an admitted voyeur into the workings of the NFL & it didn't disappoint. It gave me many a good laugh & I counted on Bradshaw doing that too. If you love football & good short stories, Bradshaw provides both in an easy read to pass an afternoon. With Terry Bradshaw, what you see is what you get. His book is a reflection of the man and he's a very good man indeed!

5-0 out of 5 stars You Don't Have To Be A True Steeler Fan To Love This Book!
I must admit before I go any further in my review that I am a Cleveland Brown fan for as long as I have been on this earth...let's just say I my generation was the 60's generation.

This was one of those books that as soon as I saw the cover, I swooped one of the three copies available at this bookstore I was in and never cracked it open to "pre-read" the book jacket. The book written BY Terry Bradshaw and ABOUT Terry Bradshaw was enough for this finicky reader (only few noted authors get this kind of purchase from me). I remember Terry Bradshaw on the field leading the Steelers and I watch Terry Bradshaw every NFL weekend on the FOX pre-game. I quite didn't know what to expect out of the book when I swooped it up, as a lot of players and coaches who author a book tends to relive each and every second of each and every game they ever coached or played. I love football but it's great when you can also read and get to know the person who you are supposed to be reading about.

The reader was alerted that there could be some serious laughter coming from the book and if caught in that situation in front of people...just look up, smile and point to the book! Let me tell you I ended up pointing more than once to the book with belly laughs and tears in my eyes....even sitting, of all places, on the tarmac in a jet liner at the Cleveland airport awaiting clearance for the jet to taxi and take off!

In the book, Mr. Bradshaw gave us a view of what his childhood and family was like...what ethics he was taught as a child that influenced as a foundation of how he grew up, as a guideline for how he would handle the fame of being a NFL quarterback to being a Television Analyst and motivational speaker. (Okay so, I am leaving out his run in the Cosmetic Industry.) When life gave him lemons (as life does everyone at some time or another), he doesn't glide over it like frosting on a cake but he showed how he turned those lemons into lemonade.

When you are reading this book, it isn't as if you are merely reading a book but that time just slips by as if you were sitting down with Terry Bradshaw with him sharing his life story. It's done in an honest, open and humble manner which this reader appreciates. If he made a mistake in life, he tells us about the mistake and his error of ways--he doesn't pawn the blame on to someone else to look good.

Not only will you find yourself listening to a friend, time slipping quickly by but you will find yourself laughing outloud at times at Terry's antics and even some of the behind the scene antics. Laughter is truly good for the soul.

It's an easy read and I don't think any NFL fan (regardless who your team is) will ever go wrong buying and reading this book. This Cleveland Brownie LOVED the book!

The only problem was when it came to the end! I WANTED TO KEEP READING! Okay Mr. Bradshaw....when can we have another installment??

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I could hardly put this book down. Very interesting stories about his childhood, football career from grade school through the pros and life after the NFL. All the things that went on during his career in the NFL. I found this book very enjoyable. He doesn't hide anything and I admire his honesty.

4-0 out of 5 stars Laughed Out Loud
This is one of the funniest autobiographies I have ever read. Several times during the course of my reading, my wife feared for my sanity as I laughed hysterically. Two incidents in particular had me howling: Terry's adventure with the horse, and when his Dad opened the box from the marketing firm.
Terry has always been one of my football heros and now I have a great deal of respect for him as a person. This account is warm, funny, and honest. By the way, he called his own plays . . .

4-0 out of 5 stars The Real Terry - an entertaining ride
This book covered everything I hoped to hear about - from college QB thru Pittsburgh and into TV's best pre-game show. The book is fast paced, enjoyable throughout and quite informative. All that's missing is a couple of one-on-one hours with Terry to ask more about everything. ... Read more


64. My Losing Season : The Point Guard's Way to Knowledge
by PAT CONROY
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Asin: 0553714090
Catlog: Book (2002-10-15)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Sales Rank: 234720
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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PAT CONROY–AMERICA’S MOST BELOVED STORYTELLER -- IS BACK!

“I was born to be a point guard, but not a very good one. . . .There was a time in my life when I walked through the world known to myself and others as an athlete. It was part of my own definition of who I was and certainly the part I most respected. When I was a young man, I was well-built and agile and ready for the rough and tumble of games, and athletics provided the single outlet for a repressed and preternaturally shy boy to express himself in public....I lost myself in the beauty of sport and made my family proud while passing through the silent eye of the storm that was my childhood.”

So begins Pat Conroy’s journey back to 1967 and his startling realization “that this season had been seminal and easily the most consequential of my life.”The place is the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, that now famous military college, and in memory Conroy gathers around him his team to relive their few triumphs and humiliating defeats.In a narrative that moves seamlessly between the action of the season and flashbacks into his childhood, we see the author’s love of basketball and how crucial the role of athlete is to all these young men who are struggling to find their own identity and their place in the world.

In fast-paced exhilarating games, readers will laugh in delight and cry in disappointment.But as the story continues, we gradually see the self-professed “mediocre” athlete merge into the point guard whose spirit drives the team.He rallies them to play their best while closing off the shouts of “Don’t shoot, Conroy” that come from the coach on the sidelines.For Coach Mel Thompson is to Conroy the undermining presence that his father had been throughout his childhood.And in these pages finally, heartbreakingly, we learn the truth about the Great Santini.

In My Losing Season Pat Conroy has written an American classic about young men and the bonds they form, about losing and the lessons it imparts, about finding one’s voice and one’s self in the midst of defeat.And inhis trademark language, we see the young Conroy walk from his life as an athlete to the writer the world knows him to be.


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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I am so glad that I read this book and wish mr. Conroy had even more books to read.

I was hesitant to read a basketball memoir, but this was much more. The sports motif was really an allegory of so much more. I learned a lot about the author's life, education and childhood. This gave me more insight into his other novels particularly Beach Music and Lord's of Discipline (both excellent).

This was so well written. Everything become lyrical when described by pat Conroy. He is so reflective, honest and insightful. I am not sure about the conversation between the author and the protagonist from Lord's of Descipline, but it was an interesting diea.

I had to go back and savor passages that were just so beautitful.

I loved it and thank the author for sharing so much of his spirit and craft!

5-0 out of 5 stars My Losing Season a Winner!
"My Losing Season" by Pat Conroy is a reflective catharsis of the author's yearning to understand his past from an emotional distance that only the passing of the years can provide. Drawing upon interviews with former basketball teammates, family members, and friends, Conroy paints a picture that, while framed within his senior basketball season, spills over into his whole composite canvas of experiences in life. It is the mixture and texture of his past that create a book that is both haunting and, ironically, uplifting.


Pat Conroy's father was physically and verbally abusive against a helpless son, mother, and family. The monster that was his father hated himself so much that he punished his son for all of his unfulfilled dreams. The glimpses into the abuse are brief yet tangible enough that the reader wishes he could reach through the pages and retaliate for the injustices. Yet out of this abuse, the author chose to not only persevere, but to excel against the odds. Too short and too average to be an exceptional athlete, Conroy instead fused all of his intensity into being the best basketball player he could possibly be. His coach at The Citadel in his "losing season" mirrors his own father in that there was never much communication, especially positive. Conroy, having been told that he will not start any games in his senior season, does not quit; instead, he plays even harder as a point of pride and determination. The quality of not letting others define us and of not allowing other to control our lives is, by itself, a monumental theme for all regardless of the reader's age or gender.


If there's room your book collection for a story that is uplifting and will make you reflect upon your own life's destination, I would highly recommend this as a "must read book."

5-0 out of 5 stars Loss, Survival and Truth
Pat Conroy is a true literary artist and like all artists he needs to take his art into places he hasn't been before. No, this is not Prince of Tides revisited; this is a different kind of book, an insightful book about athletes written by a sensitive genius, but it asks one of the same questions as Prince of Tides. It asks about survival.

Early on there is a telephone call, a friend has committed suicide. In the background children are crying. So begins the story.

Later, a teammate mentions that he always knew he would have to come back to that awful year and revisit it. Since Pat Conroy is the writer he is we are all able to go with him through all the disappointments. Who else has the stamina to tackle a subject as painful as a losing senior year?

This book is not for the weak of heart. This book hurts. Still there is great value in being able to examine losing in an age where athletes and the reality of loss are infrequently paired for public viewing.

Against the norm this book exposes a necessary truth: it isn't and never will be, all about winning.

4-0 out of 5 stars the prince of ambivalence
Pat Conroy is a pretty decent basketball player - but unless you read very closely, you won't come away with that impression. According to him, his main strengths are persistence and perhaps a bit of blind loyalty to a coach who even the most non-judgmental reader will realize is a walking personality disorder. Perhaps Conroy's strength as a player in college is the same as his strength as a writer - i.e. a willingness to show up, take notes, invest much time doing so, and finally, bear witness for his team and school.

Those who have read Conroy's "The Lords of Discipline" will have a sense of deja vu in many places, and it may be fascinating to see how Conroy first shaped his time at the Citadel into fiction. You get to meet the real people whom the characters in "Lords" were based on, and also get a good sense of why Conroy kept his protagonist's father deceased.

He, himself, may disagree with this, but I believe that the early abuse Conroy received at the hands of his military father, may have kept him from seeing his college coach as the monster he was. The book is well-written but charts a lot more humiliation than triumph, and the reader may become unsure as to whether Conroy is exaggerating or under-stating. One page, X is a monster, the next, he is singing X's praises. So the read as a whole, keeps your interest, but in many places can be somewhat grueling to get through. As a writer, he is both acutely self-aware and maddingly blind to other people's character.

Towards the end, Conroy states that his father eventually changed, and became closer to the idealized father his "The Great Santini" book/movie. Yet he leaves out the details of this transformation. That was a disappointment. But maybe that's the subject of a future book.

3-0 out of 5 stars My Losing Season
Pat Conroy is arguably the best writer of our times. His character development, attention to detail, and turns-of-the-phrase are to be praised and esteemed. I am also arguably the most devoted Conroy fan, having read, loved, and memorized every one of his novels. However, this book was an extreme disappointment.
First, there is the structure. For the most part, Conroy describes every single game the Citadel Bulldogs played his senior year on the basketball team. Additionally, at the beginning and the end of the novel--fittingly as this is in flash-back form--Conroy talks about the current status of his old team-mates and coach. Yet, there are parts of the book that do not seem to fit.
Conroy spends a good many pages describing his elementary, middle and high school basketball careers; while this would be fitting if the book were an autobiography or even if it were solely about Conroy's love of basketball, it seems pointless as the novel claims to center around a single season. He also talks about his multiple marriages, frequent mental breakdowns, previous novels (at one point even talking to characters from his novels) and other aspects of his life that, while interesting, again break away from the main idea of the single season. Also, like in all Conroy books, there are the "I hate my father and the military" statements, which--I hate to say--grow a bit old after a while (though, admittedly, he says he later grew to love his father and reconciled with his alma mater).
Second, there is the language of the text. While Conroy is known for his mastery of the English language, it seemed that he was "trying too hard" in this book; the sentences were longer and more dramatic than they had to be, and at some points I was laughing at Conroy's word selections.
I suppose my main problem with this novel was that I didn't understand his purpose in writing it until the last ten pages. He wrote the novel to show that everyone has "losing seasons" and to show that while winning is great, it is our mistakes that teach us our greatest lessons. While this is certainly an admirable, and sound argument, it was not apparent until the last ten pages, forcing one to wonder many times "What's the point?!"
In conclusion, this was an "OK" read. If you are a true Conroy fan, I don't even know why you're skimming these reviews, because you know you're going to read the book anyway. If you are merely interested in reading Pat Conroy's work, that's wonderful, but don't let this mediocre novel be your first exposure to a truly exceptional author who can and has written better (read Beach Music or The Prince of Tides instead). ... Read more


65. The Kingdom of Shivas Irons
by MICHAEL MURPHY
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Asin: 0553478648
Catlog: Book (1997-09-15)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Sales Rank: 514274
Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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Originally published in 1972, Michael Murphy's Golf in the Kingdom has become one of the bestselling golf books of all time, and has been hailed as "a golf classic if any exists in our day" and "a masterpiece on the mysticism of golf".It also introduced Shivas Irons, the golf pro and philosopher with whom Murphy played a mythic round of golf on Scotland's Burningbush links, a round that profoundly altered his game and vision.Shivas's insights about competition, life, and "true gravity," all instilled in him by his elusive mentor Seamus MacDuff, captured the imaginations and the devoted following of students of the inner game of golf.

The Kingdom of Shivas Irons is the enchanting story of Murphy's return to Scotland to investigate reports of further visitations by Shivas Irons, and to answer questions about him and MacDuff that have haunted Murphy since his original trip to Burningbush some thirty-one years before.Murphy and his companion Buck Hannigan, a skeptical physicist fascinated by Shivas's connections to metanormal events, embark on a magical quest for Irons and MacDuff--and their wisdom about golf and human potential.

From the mystical golf course surrounding MacDuff's estate in Scotland, across the world to the first Russian Open Golf Championship and finally to Pebble Beach on the California Coast, The Kingdom of Shivas Irons is a delightful exploration of the deep truths about the game of golf and a provocative inquiry into our remarkable possibilities for growth and transformation.

John Hannah, an accomplished stage actor, has appeared on television and in the films Madagascar Skin, The Final Cut and Four Weddings and a Funeral.He can be heard on the audio production of Michael Murphy's Golf in the Kingdom, also available from BDD Audio.

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4-0 out of 5 stars As sequals go---- A pretty damned good one!
While it's always difficult to follow-up a blockbuster novel, movie etc Michael Murphy has done so with remarkable style and panache. Although written almost 30 years after 'Golf in the Kingdom' first debuted, 'The Kingdom of Shivas Irons' is definitely worth the read. Murphy goes back to Scotland to try to track down the elusive and enlightened Shivas with mixed results. Several adventures along the way make the reader think about the true meanings of golf and life as metaphysical happenings deeper than what's on the surface. If you liked G.I.T.K, you will not be disappointed with this sequal. This book, like the first one is similar to an onion--- peeling off several layers of meaning only reveals to you several more. Digging into this book and it's liquid smooth plot make you feel like you're out on the course 170 yards from the hole with a five-iron in hand ready to go for broke over a pond. It draws you in slowly and very subtley, but the effect is still the same--- you come away shaking your head in amazement!

1-0 out of 5 stars The Emperor Has No Clothes
Michael Murphy's 1972 novel "Golf In The Kingdom" deservedly became a cult classic in spite of some fairly dodgy attempts at portraying Scots dialect and culture. This was because he got it right with the golf while the mystical, metaphysical elements of the story added an extra angle of interest despite being a wee bit hokey in places.

This time out, with the sequel "The Kingdom of Shivas Irons", the golf seems to take a back seat to the metaphysical, New Age stuff, while his portrayal of the Scots comes across as patronising and ridiculous. Indeed, by halfway through the novel one begins to wonder whether Murphy has ever even been to Scotland and experienced anything of the people and culture besides spending time on the country's spectacular golf links.

Buy "Golf In The Kingdom" and enjoy. But beware of the sequel, "The Kingdom of Shivas Irons", which is unfortunately second-rate and adds nothing worthwhile to Murphy's original vision.

3-0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag
This follow-up to 1972's "Golf In the Kingdom" is, to say the least, a mixed bag.

On the positive side, Murphy's use of language to describe and evoke physical landscapes and the natural environment is, as in its predecessor, breathtaking. The novel's structure and pace are also sound.

On the negative side, some of the characters in "The Kingdom of Shivas Irons" ring false from the outset, to the point of being laughable. For example, the Scots physicist Buck Hannigan, one of the major characters: I would be surprised if there was a single person in Scotland named "Buck". Sure, this kind of Americanism is a minor detail, but it calls into question how much Murphy really knows about the land where golf was born and the nation of people who established it. Because of this, the storyteller's credibility is somewhat devalued.

Murphy's novel explores golf not as a mere game but as a sort of grand metaphysical experiment, dipping into a hodge-podge of New Age beliefs towards which the sceptical reader may sometimes wince. This aspect of the book reminded me that while open-mindedness is generally a virtue, there's also a saying that "An open mind may let in falsehoods as well as truths". "The Kingdom of Shivas Irons" contains some interesting ideas but a lot of utter nonsense and psychobabble as well.

Worthwhile reading, but only when taken with a pinch of salt beforehand.

2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe I missed something...
I'm stunned by the high marks this book has seemed to generate! I thought that Murphy did an incredible job with Golf in the Kingdom, but for me, this book was a total let down. I guess I'm in the minority on this. If you haven't read Golf in the Kingdom, this book isn't going to make sense. If you did, I think you may be let down by what you read, but it will give you a but more closure in a tone fitting for the tale.

5-0 out of 5 stars Golf as Integral Practice
This book has everything I could ever want in a book: an engaging story, a shamanic quest, metaphysical speculation and Bill Murray. Golf as a martial art. Golf as integral practice for "the life beyond." This is the only golf book I've ever picked up that refers to Henry Corbin's "Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth," and Sufi/Orthodox/Catholic spiritual practices. Really a very enchanting story. Makes me want to take up golf and go muck about in Scotland. Highly recommended. ... Read more


66. Shearer: My Story So Far
by Alan Shearer, Christian Rodska
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Hodder/Headline Audiobooks
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67. Golf of Your Dreams
by Bob Rotella
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Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Sales Rank: 698633
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Fifteen years ago, the average male golfer's handicap was 16.2. The average female golfer's handicap was 29. Today, the average American male golfer's handicap is 16.2 and the average female golfer's is 29. American golfers have not gotten any better. World-renowned performance consultant and sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella now offers The Golf of Your Dreams for the golfer who is determined to get better but hasn't figured out how to go about it.

Dr. Rotella's program is based on strategies found to be successful with tour players such as Tom Kite, Brad Faxon, Pat Bradley, and Davis Love III. Dr. Rotella knows that if you want to play your best golf ever, you must admit to yourself that you want to be good and that you have the necessary talent to play well. But that's not all. You must commit yourself to a process that will improve your game. In The Golf of Your Dreams, Dr. Rotella provides tips on how to:

  • Choose the right teaching professional
  • Communicate your dreams and goals to your teacher
  • Get your teacher to teach you as a student serious about improving
  • Break old habits and develop new ones
  • Practice efficiently and effectively so you can take your learning from the practice area to the golf course

The Golf of Your Dreams will make you keenly aware of what you have to do in order to play the kind of golf you've always sensed you were capable of playing.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Hits and Misses
Hits:
This book is a good read for beginners. Wonderful advice on finding the right instructor and the importance of lessons. There are good examples to support his reasoning.

Misses:
Some of the chapters appeared redundent, as some of the points from one chapter seemed to be carried into another. Some of the chapters were rather boring because of this, and the book lacked the flow that I was looking for from subject to subject. While it does offer some good advice for beginning/novice golfers, I found it to be of no significant help to more accomplished players. Maybe after reading arguably the greatest golfing book he's ever written, "Golf is a Game of Perfect", I was expecting more.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Doc Knows What It Takes to get Better
Naive in my opinion some of reviews. Everyone knows at some point to play better it takes a swing coach. But not everyone knows how to interview and pick out the best for you. This book shows us how.

Also, not everyone knows the mental games we have to win about practice, practice, practice in order to raise our games. If it was so simple and easy, as the Doc critiques, why don't most golfers improve then?

I've made great strides in past nine years, and still pushing handicap down. This stuff is what it takes. Doc is the best!

3-0 out of 5 stars Too early to tell
Little contained in this book not already known by serious golfer or athlete. Chapters about choosing a pro and sticking with the pro over years took many pages to describe something that is mostly common sense. On the other hand, advice about commitment to an improvement program, the improvement cycle, value of a systematic approach and the time needed to make significant improvement rang true. I'll see over the years what sticks.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very motivational
I have read all three of Dr. Rotella's books: 'Golf is Not a Game of perfect', 'Golf is a Game of Confidence', and this piece 'The Golf of Your Dreams'. If you have read 'Golf is Not a Game of Perfect' you will not get much more insight into the mental aspect of the game in this book. Although some material is repeated here it definately is not a complete rehash of his other books. However, the book can be summed up to: find a golf pro, and commit to a practice schedule. That's pretty much it.

Now the reason this book gets three stars is because there is something about Dr. Rotella that is very motivational. The things he discusses make you believe that you can get better, that you are capable of playing 'the golf of your dreams'. And I don't doubt that you are. But if you are a very self motivated person, just find a reliable pro, promise to practice consistently, and you'll be on your way. But, if you are like me, and always need a little push in the right direction from someone who knows how to say things in the right way, then pick this book up. It might not be his best work, but it's worth the money if you're willing to put in the time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Advice, What's it Worth ?
Throw out all the magazines and tips books you have bought andcommit yourself to really changing, that is the message of this bookand it will tell you exactly how to go about it. I love to listen to Dr. Bob in the car when traveling to the range or golf course because he will put you in the mind to play golf or focus you on your game improvement needs. I rate the tape highly because I needed the information and have improved my game because I followed some of the advice given on the tape. It was the best money I have spent on Golf Improvement in a long time. END ... Read more


68. I Want to Tell You
by O.J. Simpson, Larry Shiller
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3-0 out of 5 stars O.J.,you sure did tell us!
This half-trashy book deserves a sequel entitled "Now I Can Tell You". The sequel could chronicle the civil trial. Will O.J. still tell us that he was falsely accused of his ex-wife's and Ron Goldman's murder? That was the shortest biography I've ever read. Michael Jackson should write a book about his false accusation of child molesting. O.J. could sure give pointers to murderers who use knives and switchblades.

3-0 out of 5 stars Telling, but only to the extent he could at the time
I read this book with an open mind. I'm probably one of the very few Americans who still hasn't made up their mind of the O.J. Simpson matter. But here, 10 years later, I stumble across O.J.'s book in the local library and decide to listen to his side of the story.

Unfortunately, since this book was written when it was (O.J. was in jail awaiting trial) he didn't have the freedom to truly speak his mind in regards to the details surrounding the death of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

What he was able to tell us; however, are some insights into what was going through his mind as he awaited trials. Of course, he proclaimed his innocence, but the book is about so much more than that. It allowed the reader to understand where O.J. was coming from. His fatherless childhood, his desire to succeed. His confusion as he found himself somewhat unaccepted by two different races for two totally different reasons.

Perhaps the saddest part of the book were the various letters that referenced racial issues. Apparently, many Americans can't see past black and white...that's the sad part of the book.

2-0 out of 5 stars He may say he did it or he may say he did not...............
This book is out there to give a guy a good name and make other's feel sorry for him. but we can not tell if he did it or not so dont judge.

1-0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous
O.J. really should have used a more accurate title, perhaps "I Want to Fleece You," or "I Want to Bluff You." For those who harbored doubts about his innocence or sincerity, this dreadful opus will dispel them once and for all. He unconvincingly attempts to vindicate himself while making a tidy profit along the way. In his now all-too-familiar style, Simpson indulges in rationalization, self-pity, and blatantly phony claims that he has dedicated himself to finding the "real" killer, although there is no evidence whatsoever that he has done anything about it. The race issue is used purely for convenience, as Simpson has never shown any real interest in his fellow African-Americans; the insincerity of this ploy is exemplified by the enormous degree of personal and financial success which he enjoyed as an athlete, commercial spokesperson, and actor in this "racist" society, while doing absolutely nothing to help the African-American community. It was only when he stood accused of two brutal, grisly murders that he realized that he was the hapless victim of racism. This is a thoroughly disgusting piece of trash, of which O.J. Simpson should be ashamed, were he able to feel any sense of shame. Don't waste your time on this garbage.

3-0 out of 5 stars I am Gland That They Found Him Innocent!
OJ Simpson was probably one of the highly publized football player in history during and after his trail. This book gave an in depth look into the life of a man who many loved and many hated during the trail of the century. Personaly I think that OJ's life was not really all that interesting up until the trail. The book really illustrated his life for what it really was, the average life of a famous football player. Many of the aspects of his life that were brought about in his trail were not illustrated a great deal in this book. I think the trail glamorized his life more than he did in his life. Personally I was happy that OJ Simpson was found not guilty, even if he did committe the crime. There are so many innocent black men sitting in jail it is ridiculous. Throughout history innocent black men have been wrongfully accused and imprisioned just because of the color their skin. It caused a stir and many people were unhappy when he was found innocent. The book really uncovered a lot about Simpson's life. Mr. Simpson relly opened up to give us an in depth look at his life and for this reason I gave the book a great deal of praise. ... Read more


69. A Coach's Life: My Forty Years in College Basketball
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For almost forty years, Dean Smith coached the University of North Carolina men's basketball program with unsurpassed success on the court and in shaping young men's lives.In his long-awaited memoir, he reflects on the great games, teams, players, strategies, and rivalries that defined his career, and explains the philosophy that guided him.

To listen to this audiobook is to understand why Dean Smith changed the lives of the players he coached, from Michael Jordan, who calls him second father and who never played a single NBA game without wearing a pair of UNC basketball shorts under his uniform, to the last man on the bench of his least talented team.We all wish we had a coach like Dean Smith in our lives, and now we have that chance.
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4-0 out of 5 stars More than just a basketball book
The book was mostly appealling to me because of my love for Carolina basketball. However, the novel would be interesting to any basketball lover in that of the genius behind Dean's coaching strategies. He also sets a great standard for morals that a person should have in life. The book DOES travel into other sectors of life rather than just basketball. Dean Smith provides an excellent role model as his character is nothing less than the fine aspects of discipline, church, and honesty.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Feel Good Book with Substance
Dean Smith accomplishes something truly remarkable in this I 300+ page book. Not a negative word. The book is a building block to help coaches develop fine young men and women. Dean Smith is a true gentleman, and a man of principles who passes along valuable nuggets to coach any sport. The hardest thing for a coach to do is to set and maintain a culture of a team. Smith does this in a focused and people-minded(caring yet pushing them to be better) way. It's not just about winning. He regularly put in his 8-12 spot players in every game in the second half regardless of what the score was. This way they had something to look forward to in each game and would work hard at practice. Carolina had a rule "pass ahead"--pass to the guy who is ahead of you to advance the ball up the floor. What a great message (team enhancing and unselfish) for young players in basketball, soccer, and hockey. What most impressed me about this book was how positive Smith is. He is so complimentary to the people who matter in his life. It is always about them not about him. The one thing which I found curious was very little mention of his first and unsuccessful marriage to Ann. But I also respect his desire to keep their married life personal. If you are a dedicated coach then read this book, and Jim Thompson's Positive Coaching. Both are testimonials to what Erik Erikson coined the "generative" capabilities of men.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great look inside the heart and mind of a living legend !!
college basketball's greatest coach chronicles his life and details the philosophy and principles which governed his life and his approach to basketball. after reading the book you will understand why many consider him not only the greatest college basketball coach,but an even greater man.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Dean of All Coaches
"A Coach's Life" details the interesting facts of Dean Smith's story - from his childhood memories to his first coaching job to reaching the pinnacle of his career (winning the NCAA titles in 1982 and 1993). Along the way, you meet many people who enriched Dean's life and who, in turn, were enriched by him...there's Michael Jordan, of course, but Dean also reveals details of his relationships with a number of his players, associates and opponents, including John Thompson, James Worthy, and Frank McGuire, to name a few.

To his credit, he avoids speaking negatively about others. It seems that he was operating under the axiom, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything." This would explain the virtual omission of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski - glaring by its absence. So be warned - those looking for a mud-slinging expose' will be disappointed.

But that's OK - Dean showed that he didn't have to write a "tell-all" in order to write a good book. It's just a story of a simple Kansas boy who found a way to make a difference in people's lives. And what's wrong with that?

Rating: 4 stars.

1-0 out of 5 stars I could wretch
This book is boring and Dean fancies himself a martyr. I don't need to read another book about someone who believes that Jesus cares about a sporting event....yuck. ... Read more


70. Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court
by John Wooden, Beau Bridges, Bill Walton, Steve Jamison
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71. A Day in the Season of the L.A. Dodgers
by Tom Zimmerman
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72. BUNTS : "Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose, and Other Reflections on Baseball"
by George F. Will
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"Bunts," explains peripatetic political commentator and baseball rhapsodist George Will, "are modest and often useful things." So is his latest, fittingly titled foray into the National Pastime. Unlike his splendid Men at Work, which offered long, detailed exegeses on the way Tony Gwynn, Orel Hershiser, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Tony La Russa sweat the details of mastering specific aspects of the game, Bunts is a less unified, but wider ranging collection of Will's shorter baseball journalism--columns, essays, and book reviews--assembled chronologically from 1974 through the 1997 season. Each piece may be brief, but taken individually or as a whole, the collection is certainly useful, and like a good outfielder, it covers plenty of territory.

Will, to be sure, is an elegant writer, a little verbose at times, but dependably knowledgeable, stirringly erudite, thoughtfully opinionated, and, here and there, delightfully personal--as in the volume's leadoff hitter in which he traces his own conservative principles to growing up a Cub fan. His lineup continues with a breezy ode to Louisville Sluggers; encomiums to Casey Stengel, Camden Yards, Ripken, Gwynn, and Curt Flood; a startling about-face on the DH; an early homage to statsmeister Bill James; and indictments on the selfishness of Ted Williams, the callousness of the owners in labor- and fan-relations, and the sordid personalities of Pete Rose and Billy Martin. The volume ends with a pair of doubles in the form of larger essays on Jon Miller and the distinctive craft of broadcasting, and a concluding one on the state of the game.

"Baseball," Will observes, "is a habit. The slowly rising crescendo of each game, the rhythm of the long season--these are the essentials and they are remarkably unchanged over nearly a century and a half. Of how many American institutions can that be said?&quot The answer, of course, is not many, which is why Bunts provides a necessary and pleasing public service. --Jeff Silverman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not a Homerun, But a Solid Hit
This book contains more than 70 articles written about baseball by George Will between 1974 and 1997. Many of the essays are from the week of opening days or a post script of a season that just ended and these essays all have a similar tone and information, but all of them are well written and contain numerous facts, opinions and insights. The book also covers significant events in the history of baseball--the banning of Pete Rose, the strike of 1994, the fight for free agency and of course the yearly collapse of the Chicago Cubs, which is the team for which Will is a lifelong fanatic. This is not the best book of baseball stories I've read, but it is entertaining and thought provoking, so it deserves to be read by baseball fans and should be picked up by sports fans who want to learn why baseball is the most elegant sport and why it has so many diehard fans.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bow-Tie Reflections on Baseball
Those who have read Will's "Men at Work" already are aware of the author's knowledge of the game as well as his talent to put it into words.This is a compilation of the author's articles on Baseball that have appeared primarily in his newspaper columns over the years.Mr. Will, a spokesman for the political right, discards his politics for these excursions into his passion.Indeed, one is surprized by how often Mr. Will sides with the players in the labor/management diputes that litter modern Baseball.The author shares his nostalgia for the past and his appreciation of the heros of the present.If he seems a bit caught up in his Cubs and Orioles, he can be forgiven because the reader has his/her own favorites.We know the frustration and joy of the same loyalties he shares with us.

I read the first two thirds of the book one "column" at a time between other books.I did so because I had read "The Best of Jim Murray" some years ago and did so over the course of several days.By the mid-point of that book, I came to the realization that Mr. Murray had written the same column for decades.It was just a matter of changing the name of the subject.You don't catch on to that reading two or three columns a week.Well, I read the last third of the book in the course of several hours.I did not get the same reaction that I got to Murray's book.However, I lost track of the number of times the total season attendance of the 1935 St. Louis Browns (80,922) was compared to the Opening Day attendance of the 1993 Colorado Rockies (80,227).There were other such repetitions of facts and figures that were noticeable when the book is read cover to cover.I suggest you savor the articles and let the book entertain you throughout the course of a summer or a year.However you choose to read it, don't miss this intellectual appreciation of what was once known as "America's Pasttime".

4-0 out of 5 stars Bunts Hit A Homerun With Me!
Bunts by George F. Will is a collection of works written by Will between the years 1974 and 1997.Throughout this book, Will discusses the major changes in baseball, such as the designated hitter rule, unionization, recent franchise additions, free agency, and more.A long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan, Will, in several funny articles, describes what it is like to be a fan of a tema that hasn't won a pennant since World War II.A skilled political columnist, we are drawn into the argument over free agency and designated hitting.I love baseball, but sometimes find books about the sport to be tedious and overly stuffed with statistics.While this book does contain statistics (Will knows a great deal about the sport he loves), you're not smothered by them.It was a pleasurable read.The only part of the book I disliked was the rehashing (several times) of the strike disputes and how many times Will felt it necessary to prove that the owners were wrong about free agency.But believe me, you can get through that.Besides, this is a compilation of works - it's not like he intentionally meant to repeat himself.Will's reflections on baseball are remarkable considering that the man never played the sport professionally and is just an avid fan - so much of a fan in fact that he once owned stock in the Cubs franchise!The pictures are great, and the things I learned from this book.I thought I knew alot about baseball, but George F. Will proved me wrong in a way that I found to be interesting and alot of fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars Exemplary stuff
My grandfather taught me never to trust a man who wears a bow-tie, but I have to give George Will credit for his deep knowledge of the sport (which never bogs down into pedantry) and - a far rarer commodity in baseball writing - his sterling prose. You don't have to agree with his sour political conservatism (which, in an impressive display of self-knowledge, he attributes to being a Cubs fan) to find this a cracking good read.

4-0 out of 5 stars See what happens when he doesn't have to talk to Donaldson?
Baseball carries a unique distinction from the other major sports in America because of its long history and stubborn resistance to change. Will understands this, and the pieces collected here in Bunts display both agenuine affection for, and a keen understanding of, our national pastime.Combining the sharp analysis and scholarship one expects from George Willwith a surprising amount of humour and wit (who knew?), Bunts will quicklybecome a favorite of any baseball fan (and help many a non-fan understandwhat the fuss is all about). George Will - sentimental romantic. Go figure. ... Read more


73. Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
by H. G. Bissinger, Alex Karras, Buzz Bissinger
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Catlog: Book (1991-04-01)
Publisher: Publishing Mills
Sales Rank: 70885
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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The classic, best-selling story of life in the football-driven town of Odessa, Texas, with a new afterword that looks at the players and the town ten years later.

Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa--the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, H.G. Bissinger chronicles a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires--and sometimes shatters--the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars So much more than football
Friday Night Lights is not just another book for SPORTS LOVERS. This novel written by Bissinger is so much more. Behind the sweat and blood of this high school football team lies the brutal facts of Odessa, Texas. Sure the book gives a play by play look into life on the football field but it also an eyeopener to many other important issues. For example, the economic status of the town, the social values of the people, racism and prejucies of the town, and the real truth about high school education for athletes. This novel revolves around much more than a pigskin and tells no more than the truth about the same issues that have become problems for every "old-fashioned" town in America.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gladiators
The oil town of Odessa, Texas, is home to the most successful football program in Texas, The Permian High School Panthers. In FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, H.G. Bissinger, an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune, sets out to shadow the 1988 team.
The Panthers drew as many as 20,000 fans on a Friday night. But football wasn't Bissinger's only concern. He wanted to examine racial relations, politics, and the effect of a one-industry economy. He wanted to know how sports impacted the educational system. Bissenger goes to every practice, meeting, and game. He goes to school with the players, visits their homes, goes to church with them; he even hunts rattle snakes with them.
In his preface, Bissinger refers to the Friday night games as "the Friday night fix." Adults live vicariously through their sons. Bissenger interviewed hundreds of Odessa citizens during the time he lived there, and it seemed the biggest danger was that these boys would have their fifteen minutes of fame on the gridiron and spend the rest of their lives reliving it.
Bissenger introduces us to some unforgettable characters. Boobie Miles dreams of playing for Nebraska or Texas A&M, of winning the Heisman, and his uncle L.V., who had rescued him from a foster home, expects those dreams to bear fruit. But a bad knee made Boobie tentative. Jerrod McDougal is a 5'9" offensive tackle with no such dreams, but he loves to play for the Panthers, the Boys in Black. "It's like the gladiators," he says. "It's like the Christians and the lions . . . . a high no drug or booze or woman can give you." Then there's Gary Gaines, the coach of Permian High. He returns home after losing an important game to find several "for sale" signs planted on his lawn.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is a cautionary tale, warning of the consequences of putting too high an emphasis on high school sports. In some respects, this is a depressing book. There's an epilogue at the end detailing what became of some of the players. Knee scopes, failing grades, and the inability to compete claiming most of the Permian gladiators.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the finest sports chronicles ever
When I first picked up this book, on my lunch break, I arbitrarily flipped to a page in the middle and started reading. I became so engrossed in it that I was late getting back to work from my lunch break. Such is the superb quality of writing that Bissinger brings to this book.

Friday Night Lights is about the Permian High School Panthers football team in the 1988 season. In Odessa, TX, they only "have two things - football and oil, and there ain't no more oil." Carried on the adolescent shoulders of the black-clad Panthers are the hopes, dreams, aspirations, and societal well-being of an entire community. The book focuses on the intense scrutiny and pressure placed on the players, coaches, and even families associated with the program. After a tough loss, the head coach can expect to have his house vandalized, his family verbally assaulted, and calls made for his firing. The student population of Permian is predominantly white, but the few black players imported from Odessa's poor, mostly black, south side are some of the team's most successful players. The book highlights the contrast in the white, wealthy suburban area Permian is located in against the older section of Odessa, populated mostly by blacks and Hispanics.

The book also profiles several of the team's star players. Some live for every single moment they can wear the Panthers uniform, while others are conflicted at having to play in such a pressure-cooker environment. Some are the lucky sons of Odessa's richest residents, bound for Ivy-League schools, while others come from painful poverty and broken homes. Odessa is portrayed as an entire city of broken dreams, devastated by the downturn in the oil industry where unemployment is high and crime higher. What holds the community together is the Friday Night Lights at Ratliff Stadium, where the Panthers do battle not only for team and school pride, but for the pride of an entire community and people. I cannot recommend this book more highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book was an excellent read. As someone who works with part of a college football team that has a winning tradition, I found this book to be extremely insightful. I found the characters to be enjoyable and very relatable to those that I work with. I found myself cheering for the boys of Odesa and feeling sorry for them when they were low. I couldn't put this book down. I read it in 24 hours it was so powerful. As an author I can only hope that I can some day write this well and with such emotion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights is a great book that tells about the whole entire 1988 season of the Permian High School Panthers. The town of Odessa, Texas' financial trouble is very easy to recongnize by its boarded-up shops and broken down lives. But through all of this turmoil there is a football team keeping the citizens hopes alive. Every Friday the Panthers take the field and revitalixe the grim thoughts and feelings of the citizen of Odessa. In a place where economic troubles has taken away the spirit of its people, nearly everyone wants the feeling given by the Friday night ritual, where the dwindling dreams of the community are put into the helmets of high school athletes. Friday Night Lights captures the imagination and craze of a small town that love its school teams and their games every Friday. with Odessa now being like other places just like it across America, this book provides a thrilling and exciting look at the hope for successes and the many failures of trying to live the American Dream by cheering and hoping the best for a group of young men they call their heroes. This nonfiction thriller is everything a sports enthusiast should look for in a book. It it action and page turning ability is one of a kind. ... Read more


74. Who's Your Caddy? : Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf
by RICK REILLY
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The funniest and most popular sportswriter in America abandons his desk at Sports Illustrated to caddy for some of the world’s most famous golfers, and some celebrity duffers, recounting it all in this hilarious and revealing look at the world of golf.

Who knows a golfer best? Who’s with them every minute of every round, hears their muttering, knows whether they cheat? Their caddies, of course. So sportswriter Rick Reilly figured that he could learn a lot about the players and their games by caddying, even though he had absolutely no idea how to do it. Amazingly, some of the best golfers in the world—including Jack Nicklaus, David Duval, Tom Lehman, John Daly, Casey
Martin, and Jill McGill—agreed to let Reilly carry their bags at actual PGA and LPGA Tour events. To round out his portrait of the golfing life, Reilly also caddied at the Masters, persuaded Deepak Chopra and Donald Trump to use him as a caddy, accompanied high-rolling golf hustlers in Las Vegas around the course, and carried the bag for a blind golfer.

In Who’s Your Caddy?, Reilly chronicles his experiences in the same inimitable style that makes his back-page column for Sports Illustrated a must-read for more than twenty million people every week. From his laugh-out-loud portrait of Deepak Chopra decomposing on the green, to his portraits of good ol’ boys who bet $100,000 a round, to his hilarious descriptions of his own ineptitude as a caddy, to his insights into what
makes the greats of golf so great, Reilly combines a wicked wit with an expert’s eye in a most original and entertaining look at golf.

Who’s Your Caddy? is the next best thing to a great round of golf. It is sure to delight low-handicappers, high-handicappers, and everyone in between.


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5-0 out of 5 stars HEY RICK, WHEN IS THE SEQUEL????
I'll admit it, I'm a golf nut. I even belong to the golf nuts society. I just can't get enough golf!!! At the same time, I am tired of reading about instructions and golf getaways and etc. I want to know what goes on inside the minds of the golfers I watch week after week. Who's Your Caddy gives you that and so much more. This book takes the reader on a pleasant journey through the personalities of such greats as Jack Nickalas and Tommy Armour and provides a candid look at other well knowns like David Duvall, John Daly, Casey Martin and Tom Lehman. Perhaps the most intriguing chapters are those of the Blind Golfer, Jill McGill and Donald Trump. Rick Reilly has done a spectacular job getting inside the minds and provides the reader with an indepth look and what so many call -- Golf Robots. Its a fun and easy read. Guaranteed to please anyone who loves the game!!!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Off-the-Wall, Close-Up Look at Famous and Unusual Golfers
There's an old saying in business about how if you want to really find out about someone . . . play golf with them. Golf is such a difficult game for most people that it brings out character and personality flaws pretty quickly. A book built around that concept would have been amazing. We all see a lot of golf coverage and some people have the chance to attend tournaments. But it's a long-distance observation, and most people look about the same from a distance . . . except for how fast or how slowly they play, facial expressions and whether they sling their clubs or not in frustration.

Not surprisingly, Who's Your Caddy reveals a lot about the on-course and off-course characteristics of Tommy Aaron, John Daly, Donald Trump, Tom Lehman, David Duval, bettor Dewey Tomko, Jack Nicklaus, meditation and health expert Deepak Chopra, Casey Martin, comic Bob Newhart, LPGA star Jill McGill and blind golfer Bob Andrews. The professionals come off best in these revealing portraits. If the book had focused on the character of golf stars and legends, this would have been at least a four star book. However, Mr. Reilly's attention wandered off into famous venues (all the stars you can see at Bel-Air), the sexual characteristics of those involved (John Daly's equipment and the sleeping partner habits of LPGA golfers and caddies), Bob Newhart's comedy routines, the humiliations of being Annika Sorenstam's sister, Deepak Chopra's advice for feeling warmer on cold days and caddy language . . . among other random destinations. In addition, he decided to play the role of caddy to get close to the golfers, and provides way too much detail about how incompetent he was at his task. I also found the book to be flawed by a flip sense of humor that sometimes offended my taste such as the comment about how "Guys like Harrick would rather tongue-bathe Osama bin Laden than give up caddying."

For those who like random gossip, this will be a four or five star book . . . because that's basically what the book is.

I enjoyed the sections on John Daly, Tom Lehman, David Duval, Jack Nicklaus, Casey Martin and Bob Andrews. If you decide the read the other sections, be prepared for a lesser quality experience with occasional laughs . . . depending on your sense of humor more than the author's writing.

As I finished the book, I realized that it annoyed me that Mr. Reilly took up caddying without really trying to learn how to do it. He started at the Masters with no experience and didn't do very well. He didn't seem to improve much . . . even with experience. I thought he showed a fundamental disrespect for his craft, the game and for the golfers he served by taking this approach. Thinking about my reaction, I thought about the responsibility we all have to do our best to serve others when that is our task. I'll try to do it much better after reading this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars "Quite Distasteful" Old Chap
The book starts off well, but the chapter about John Daly is really distasteful. Irony is, Reilly falls into the hole he dug for Daly. Some of the things the golfers did and said to Mr. Reilly were obviously not meant to be published. However, Mr. Reilly betrays their confidence in hopes of some cheap laughter at their expense. Pro-golfers will take a dim view. This book could have been great, but cheap tricks and crude language are never funny, Mr. Reilly. And the chapter on the lady golfer reeks of sexism. This book may only earn Mr. Reilly the "John Daly" of sportwriters title, and not much respect from tour players.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly average
A writer with Reilly's pedigree, access, and connections should be able to write a better book. These days, all sports writers seem to want to seem as funny and as ironically hopeless as possible, and it ruins their efforts. Reilly ridicules his caddying ability ad nauseum, when in fact everyone KNOWS he's supposed to be bad. This is just veiled irony, of course, because he wouldn't run down his bag-carrying skills if he didn't already have a good gig at Sports Illustrated.

There's a difference between taking us into John Daly's private world, and allowing himself to wallow in it. What do we end up knowing about Daly that (a) we wanted to know, and (b) didn't already know? Nothing. What we get is Reilly living the vicarious thrill of hanging out with a guy who might just implode at any moment.

This book is just one more step toward the merger of sports, sports journalism, and entertainment. You know, the world where goateed sports enthusiasts come up with cutesy little diminutives of every athlete's name, and every writer/broadcaster has to find a way to be part of the story. In golf this is particularly annoying, because the players usually play along (e.g., the insufferable Jimmy Buffett-wannabe Gary McCord) and, suddenly, golf journalism becomes a parody of itself.

2-0 out of 5 stars Majestically unfunny
Reilly is like the kid in high school who tries sooo hard to be funny: some of the jokes he tells might indeed be good, but the sheer, focused effort to "be funny" conveys a sad idiocy to it. Many of his "funny" lines read like they should be accompanied by a vaudeville cymbal-crash, or at very least the canned laughs of 70s sitcoms. His relentless self-deprecating fun-poking at his own caddying inability comes across as contrived in someone who, at other junctures in the book, is revealed to be a solid low-to-no handicap player. The sections on Trump and Jill McGill were decent. The rest was a write-off, and revealed no more abut the inner workings of tour golf that you can glean attending a practice round at any tournament. The snippets of translated "caddy lingo" are pitiful, and by the end of the book I was simply skipping them outright.

This book will appeal to some tastes - after all, even "Blind Date" and "Maury" find audiences... somewhere. If you love watching "Grey Goose 19th Hole" on Golf Channel, or you tape or TiVo episodes of "Peter Jacobsen Unplugged", buy the book with no second thoughts. Otherwise, redeploy your money to another piece of golf literature (Ken Venturi's "Up and Down...", for instance) and you'll be glad you did. ... Read more


75. Let Me Tell You a Story : A Lifetime in the Game
by Red Auerbach, John Feinstein
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: Time Warner Audiobooks
Sales Rank: 62064
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Americas favorite sportswriter teams up with Red Auerbach, the most successful and admired coach in basketball history, to tell the best stories of a legendary life.

Living legend Arnold "Red" Auerbach led the Boston Celtics to nine NBA championships--eight of them consecutive-- during his 17-year tenure in Boston from 1950 to 1966. The fiery coach is a unique personality--brash, opinionated, and unfailingly accurate. As a coach he never stood still along the sidelines, and in retirement he remains a lively part of the game, still consulted by coaches, players, and general managers at age 86.

For years, John Feinstein has met regularly with Red Auerbach and his friends, drawing out Reds life story in a raucous series of unforgettable sessions. From those smoke- and laughter-filled rooms come these colorful reports about all the players and coaches Red has worked with and played against over the years. Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Sam Jones, Bill Russell, and Michael Jordan--you name them, the basketball greats are all here. Red Auerbachs incredible experiences in sports and John Feinsteins unparalleled skill as a sports storyteller make this one of the greatest books to come out of the game of basketball.

Red Auerbach has come across all kinds of characters throughout his years in sports and has opinions to offer and amazing stories to tell about all of them.

A book about a true sports legend by an extraordinarily popular sportswriter will appeal to all sports fans.

John Feinstein has written two of the bestselling sports books of all time, A Good Walk Spoiled (over 756,000 combined copies sold) and A Season on the Brink (over one million combined copies sold), and has regularly landed on the bestseller lists during the past two decades. His most recent book, Caddy for Life, was published in April 2004. ... Read more


76. Instant Genius, Golf: Rules & Etiquette
by Ted Sheftic, Michael Spease
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Asin: 1891115170
Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
Publisher: Good Thinking Inc.
Sales Rank: 1695051
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Instant Genius: Golf Rules and Etiquette gives listeners everything they need to know to feel comfortable at the golf course.The most commonly confused rules are explained simply and briefly, and the ever-important points of golf etiquette are reviewed.This is an essential tool for players with limited course experience, as well as for seasoned players who never quite learned the rules. ... Read more


77. Integrating Mind & Body: NLP for Better Golf - Overcoming the Yips
by Nicholas M. Rosa
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Asin: 1892673029
Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Peak Performance Psychology for Golfers
Sales Rank: 931893
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The yips are typified by anxious reactions such as trembling hands, weak knees, churning stomach, perspiration, pounding heart. Eliminates these anxious reactions, restores the golfers confidence and enhances putting potential. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars carefully designed "software"
I got a copy of this tape a couple of years ago and I'm glad to see that Amazon sells it now. Given that the "author" uses NLP techniques, I've been analyzing what he does. I was a bit skeptical initially but I think this is a nice piece of technology. It shows what one can do when applying NLP principles! Thus, overcoming the yips is a good example of what Goleman would call "emotional intelligence". Buying all 4 of his tapes might be a bit overkill: start with the one that tackles the issue you want to work on most.

Congratulations to Nicholas Rosa!

Patrick Merlevede - co-author of "7 Steps to emotional Intelligence"

3-0 out of 5 stars Too good to be true? Well, yes.
Hope springs external for overcoming the yips, and this tape may do the trick if you have a very mild case, but it isn't going to do much for a severe case. Each side of the tape is identical -- a 25-minute visualization exercise that certainly can't hurt your putting. You develop a relaxation trigger that you then use on the greens to trigger a relaxation response. One major frustration for me is that you are asked to do some extremely complex visualization EXTREMELY fast. I've previously had hypnosis and have listened to the tape numerous times, but I have yet to really get the hang of it. I'm not sure why the narrator rushes through these portions, but it's mildly irritating. However, I've been using the relaxation trigger when putting with the only method that has ever cured the yips for me (i.e., putting left-handed) and have had several excellent putting performances. In short, this can't hurt -- but if you really think it's going to cure the yips, you're probably one of those dreamers who thinks a $600 driver is going to add 40 yards as well. (The author contacted me after the foregoing review originally appeared and complained that I'd been unfair. I believe that there is general confusion, perhaps even on the author's part, between the "choking" or "stress-related" yips that may occasionally strike anyone and the mysterious yips that seem to have some physical or psychological basis and that caused Sam Snead to say "Once you've had 'em, you've got 'em." The Mayo Clinic has been studying the latter form. This tape will almost surely help if you have the "choking" form, although I stand by my earlier comments. It will almost surely NOT help if you have the more mysterious form.)

5-0 out of 5 stars No more yips!
I love golf and almost gave up playing. Three years of anxiety when putting. Professional golf teachers, sport psychologists, even anti-anxiety medications; the yips persisted.

That is, until I listened to this tape three or four times the weekend I received it. Next time out, no more shaking, tension or perspiration. I couldn't believe it. That was four weeks ago. Haven't had the yips since, not even in tournament play.

How/why this half hour tape accomplished this is still a mystery to me. As per its design, I doze off while listening to it. Obviously, I recommend it to anyone who suffers from the yips. ... Read more


78. The Basketball Diaries (Audio Literature Presents)
by Jim Carroll
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Asin: 0944993877
Catlog: Book (1994-09-01)
Publisher: Audio Literature
Sales Rank: 748393
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good!!!
When i checked out this book i thought hey it's a movie i'll just watch the movie but for some odd reason i started to read the book and liked it! The book i read was THE BASKETBALL DIARIES by Jim Carroll. It was a good younge adult or maybe a mature teen book. The story is the diary of Jim Carroll about his struggle with addiction. His playing basketball and his desire to be pure. I have never really read a book like this before but compared to most books i've read it's a whole lot bolder. When i first started reading this book i thought hey he said the F word but then i found out theres so much more to it and the language doesnt make it the good piece of literature that it is. This book is a good book and it really made me think about my life and was i in control of it. Most people would say this book is mainly about a kid doing drugs but i believe the book is mostly about a kid and his struggles to be pure. On page 210 his quote "Then i stand up to puke, I just want to be pure....". Jim Carroll Has a great style of writting and i will be looking in to reading another one of his books. I liked this book but it is a very volgur book with alot of sex related situations alot of drug use and a whole lot of bad language. If this type of writting offends you i strongly suggest reading something different.

4-0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly honest
For a teenage diary, this is extremely well written. Jim Carroll was clearly a gifted writer, and his diary brings the New York City streets of the mid-60's to life. His vivid descriptions of growing up as a street wise kid on the mean streets of the city clearly paint a picture of the period.

That said, this is was NOT a fun book to read. There is much about Carroll's life in this period that is not pretty. His growing dependency on drugs is readily apparent as the book progresses, as is his willingness to do almost anything to pay for his next fix. There are graphic descriptions of both the drug use and his sexual encounters, but even so there is a sense of honesty in the account that somehow seems to be redeeming. In the end, this is a powerful glimpse into a life on the streets.

5-0 out of 5 stars the basketball diaries
The Basketball Diaries is an extraordinary book. It takes place in New York City during the mid 60's. The main character is Jim Carroll. He is a teenager who loves to play basketball and get wasted with his friends. As he grows older in the streets of New York, he becomes more and more of a junkie. I liked this book because it's so real. It made me laugh a lot, and at times I actually felt bad for Jim. His diaries were very well written and never left out any details. This book was definately one of the best books I've read so far, and I hope that after reading this review, many of you would pick up the book and see what all the fuss is about. I've read many books that just wasted my time and I just didn't enjoy, but The Basketball Diaries is one of the books that I absolutely DO NOT regret reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Disturbing
This book was sooo super. It was very nutso to read and I'm a crazy guy. When he sodomized his teacher in that giant tub of potato salad I was like WHOA

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected . . .
I could simply not be impressed with Jim Carroll's diaries. The events don't seem to invoke any sort of depth of character, rather the choice of entries seems to be based on pure shock value. I've read the other reviews and simply do not see the depth here that others claim to find. There is no search for purity, only a chance to find the next high, starting with his roof-top escapades and ending with his body riddled with drugs. What purity he had was lost before the book started (so we have no particular pity invoked) and each claim for the search of purity is negated within a few entries by yet another escapade into debauchery. Street-wise he may be, a decent writer at thirteen, yes, but nothing to engage the mind and make you think. Just looking to shock one more white-color suburbanite. ... Read more


79. AND IF YOU PLAY GOLF YOU'RE MY FRIENDCASSETTE
by Harvey Penick
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Asin: 0671881019
Catlog: Book (1993-12-01)
Publisher: Sound Ideas
Sales Rank: 1220040
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since the publication of Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, the world has almost literally beaten a path to Harvey Penick's door. Hardly a day goes by without a stranger arriving at the Penick home, book in hand, hoping for more pearls of wisdom, an autograph, or just wanting to say, "Thank you."

Bud Shrake, Penick's coauthor, noticed that Penick usually inscribes the books, "To my friend and pupil." How could he do that, Shrake asked him, when he didn't know these people?

"Well," replied Penick, "if you read my book you're my pupil, and if you play golf, you're my friend."

And If You Play Golf, You're My Friend picks up where the Little Red Book left off. It features the same blend of simple wisdom, sound golfing instruction, and good common sense that has made the Little Red Book so popular with golfers of all ages and levels of ability. And, as in the previous volume, Penick's deep love for the game and his delight in teaching shine through on every page.

Penick tells the story of his son-in-law's first golf lesson, a story with a twist right out of O. Henry. He relates the tale of a player from Houston who had only one flaw in his game -- that his scores were too high -- and who exploded with anger when Penick told him so. He gives advice to parents on how to help their children learn golf, shows how to overcome a slice by "playing baseball," and shares the pride and joy he felt while watching his pupil Tom Kite win the U.S. Open.

Warm, witty, and wise, And If You Play Golf, You're My Friend shows why Harvey Penick has become America's best-loved teacher of the great game of golf. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LIKED LITTLE RED YOU'LL LIKE LITTLE GREEN
Harvey Penick's AND IF YOU PLAY GOLF, YOU'RE MY FRIEND is a wonderful companion volume to HARVEY PENICK'S LITTLE RED BOOK.

Unlike LITTLE RED, AND IF YOU PLAY GOLF... is more a book of reflections, experiences and anecdotes about the game that Penick devoted a lifetime to.Like LITTLE RED it brings with it a distinctive flavor for the game that is lacking in a sport that has been blown out of proportion by golfing superstars and their embarrassingly large salaries.Penick's words remind golfers everywhere that, in the end, golf is less about celebrity and endorsements and stuffy business sponsors and all about each individual golfer as he or she battles it out on the home course.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Funny and insightful.
This litany of amusing stories throughout Harvey's life show exactly how amusing us golfers really are.Each story brings out some simplistic gem that will either make you a better golfer or a better person.This bookwould make a great gift for any of your golfing buddies!

5-0 out of 5 stars really great book
well, it is an extremely good book for all you golfers who need divine inspiration. it was also a good listening book for my sister (she doesn't even like golf)read up!!!! courtney van clief ... Read more


80. Sir Charles : Wit & Wisdom of Charles Barkley
by Charles Barkley
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Asin: 1570421218
Catlog: Book (1994-05-01)
Publisher: Time Warner Audiobooks
Sales Rank: 1464351
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