Synopses & Reviews
Jack Nicklaus once said of the incomparable Tiger Woods (echoing a comment made about Nicklaus by Bobby Jones), "He plays a game with which I am not familiar." David Owen, however, plays a game with which we are all very familiar: He plays in a weekly foursome, takes mulligans off the first tee, practices intermittently at best, marks his ball on the green with his lucky coin (until the luck wears out and another trinket is deemed to have better karma), wore a copper wristband because Seve Ballesteros for reasons beyond understanding said to, and struggles for consistency even though his swing is consistent -- and mediocre. He bets, he wins, he loses, he agonizes, he dreams.
Hit & Hope is as pure a definition of the game of golf as anyone has ever devised. Through the essays in this book, acclaimed columnist and author Owen takes the mundane aspects of the game and our approach to it and stands them on their head, turns them inside out, and lays our follies bare for all the world to see (all the world except ourselves, of course). He does for American golfers what P. G. Wodehouse did for our English cousins, or Jacques Tati did for humanity at large: He finds humor and nobility in our essential silliness, as expressed in our pursuit of a little white ball over a vast (but not vast enough to contain our slices) greensward.
Funny, candid, and thoughtful, Hit & Hope is an invaluable addition to any duffer's bag and the truest commentary on how -- and why -- the rest of us play golf.
In his first book of linked essays on a single theme, America's favorite fly-fishing scribe delights anew with sage and witty observations on how to fit trout fishing into one's life.
The popular "Golf Digest" columnist and author returns with a delightfully irreverent and freshly inspired look at the game of golf and all the folly it inspires.
This is a humorous celebration of the game of golf, as practised by everyday players, which addresses the sport's ordinary aspects and traditions, from taking mulligans off the first tee and engaging in superstitions to struggling for an adequate swing and losing on a bet.
About the Author
is a staff writer for The New Yorker
and a contributing editor to Golf Digest.
He is the author of several books, including The First National Bank of Dad, The Chosen One, My Usual Game,
and The Making of the Masters.
He and his family live in northwest Connecticut.