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A Disorderly Compendium of Golfby Lorne Rubenstein
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“No one can completely cover the game of golf like Bill Pennington and no book can comprehensively tell the story of the sport with the same wit, wisdom and knowledge like On Par. "—Jim Nantz, CBS Sports
Bill Pennington, the voice of the everyday golfer, has traveled the globe in search of golf’s essentials—those basic principles, those ultimate truths (and, who are we kidding, any trick or quick fix he can pick up along the way) that will improve anyone’s game. He has consulted elite golf instructors as well as countless caddies, groundskeepers, parking lot attendants, and bartenders. He has played rounds with Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, and Justin Timberlake. He has spoken with psychiatrists, economists, and Zen masters. On a particularly bad outing, he even discoursed on the fickleness of golf with a wise raccoon.
In On Par, Pennington distills this wisdom in an insightful guide to the game. From equipment to the language of golf, from camaraderie to the short-game/long-game debate, Pennington informs and entertains readers as he gets to the essence of the game, including that Holy Grail, the hole in one. Part instruction, part therapy, and shot through with Pennington’s trademark wit and humor, this is a book for everyone who has felt the game’s distinct pull—and slice.
“A phenomenal guide . . . As all golfers know, the sport is about more than being able to hit a good shot and this book takes you through the journey, arming you with everything you need to know.”—Annika Sorenstam
“If you like golf, you’ll like [this book] . . . On Par blends practical advice for beginners . . . golf history . . . trivia . . . and Pennington’s entertaining dispatches from out on the course.”—NPR’s Only a Game
Inspired by his New York Times weekly column "On Par," Bill Pennington has created a delightful compendium of all things golf that no golfer—whether a weekend duffer or a PGA pro—can afford to miss. Part instruction, part education, part hilarity, On Par is the go-to guide for the twenty-first-century golfer.
Bill Pennington, author of the beloved and widely read and#8220;On Parand#8221; golf column for the New York Times, knows how to interpret the experts and pros for the rest of us. For years, he has traveled the globe in search of golfand#8217;s essentialsand#8212;those basic principles, those elusive truths (and who are we kidding, any trick or quick fix he can pick up along the way) that will improve anyoneand#8217;s game. He has consulted the worldand#8217;s leading golf instructors as well as countless caddies, groundskeepers, parking lot attendants, and bartenders. He has played rounds with Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, and Justin Timberlake. He has sought the advice of psychiatrists, physicists, economists, zen masters. And on a particularly bad golf outing, he has even discussed the fickleness of golf with a quite helpful raccoon.
On Par captures it all: From equipment and instruction, to the rules and language of golf, to camaraderie and psychology, to the short game/long game debate, Pennington informs and entertains as he gets to the essence of this mercurial game, including golfand#8217;s holy grail, the hole in one.
Part instruction, part education, part therapy, and shot through with Penningtonand#8217;s trademark wit, this is a book for everyone who has ever felt the gameand#8217;s distinct pulland#8212;and slice.
The obsessive book about the obsessive game, and more fun to read than a green at Ballybunion. Written by two authors who have misspent their lives in thrall to the sport, A DISORDERLY COMPENDIUM OF GOLF digs into the odd, the fascinating, the historical, the random, the unexpected, and the curmudgeonly, and serves up hundreds of pages of lists, anecdotes, humor, surprises, and the sheer compelling minutiae of a game whose pleasure lies in the details.
It's all here, including history: oldest courses, top 5 money-winners at 10-year intervals, the importance of James II of Scotland. Colorful characters, like the hustler who would bet you that he could roll out of bed in the morning and make a 40-foot putt on his first try, and his secret for doing it every time. Odd rules: Did you know youmay take a free drop from a fireant hill but not from poison ivy? Good golf instruction--how to hit Phil Mickelson's trademark flop shot--and confusing golf instruction: Tom Watson says "Never feel you're reaching for the ball," while Johnny Miller advises" Reach for the ball. . . ." Embarrassing moments and helpful tips. The lexicon: professional caddie nicknames, terms for an ugly shot, names of golf balls. Plus gambling games, the grasses used in greens, unusual patents, Shakespearean quotes on golf, golf at midnight, longest and shortest holes . . . and more, and more.
About the Author
Jeff Neuman is a writer, and the editor responsible for the bestselling Harvey Penicks Little Red Book, who has also worked with Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Butch Harmon, and others. Mr. Neuman lives in New York City.
Lorne Rubenstein is an award-winning golf writer, columnist for the (Toronto) Globe & Mail, and author, most recently, of Mike Weir: The Road to the Masters. Mr. Rubenstein lives with his wife in Toronto and Jupiter, Florida.
Table of Contents
1. Essential Golfand#8195;1
2. The Rules of Golfand#8195;20
3. The Language of Golfand#8195;42
4. Being a Good Golf Partner
(and Surviving a Day with a Bad One)and#8195;56
5. Youand#8217;re Not Alone Out Thereand#8195;79
6. If You Had One Wish . . .and#8195;99
7. Our Biggest Fearsand#8195;115
8. Golfing Godsand#8195;139
9. Golf Is a Sport; Are You Game?and#8195;162
10. Golf Safetyand#8195;180
11. The New Culture of Golfand#8195;193
12. Shanks, Choking, and
Other Tales of the Dark Sideand#8195;214
13. Nine Places Every Golfer Should Playand#8195;245
14. Golfand#8217;s Holy Grailand#8195;276
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