In 1958, Leon Crump took a week off from his job to play golf, fell in with a group of gamblers and won $1,300. He hasn't gone back to work since. For almost 40 years now, he's been golfing his way around the South in a renegade career filled with rollercoaster highs and lows. On his best day, he's won a years salary; his worst set him back almost that much.
Filled with high drama and deadpan humor, this compulsively readable book tells how Crump became America's preeminent golf hustler. Along the way, it also reveals some hard-earned truths to help readers battle their way through their own weekend wars. There are hints on how to psyche yourself up and "read" opponents; advice on when and how to bet; and ingenious tricks such as "doctoring" clubs or driving balls out of Dixie cups. Offering a fresh, offbeat approach to golf, Drive For Show, Putt for Dough is sure to be a hit with today's crop of take-no-prisoners players.
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Book Description HarperCollinsPublishers (Harper Collins), NY, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Stated first edition and the number line on the copyright page ends in 1. 197 page hardcover. "(Leon Crump) tells all in this rollicking chronicle of the quintessential golf hustler's checkered career, a text that breaks new ground by defying the game's more genteel conventions. In 1958, Leon Crump took a week off from his job as a machinist to play golf with a group of gamblers. At escalating stakes, he shot the lights out, won $31,000, and he still hasn't gone back to work. For nearly four decades, he has golfed his way around the Southeast, winning, and even sometimes losing, small fortunes along the way. All in all, he has survived to carve out a legend as America's preeminent golf hustler - a man some of his opponents have called 'the greatest golfer never to play the PGA Tour.' This book blends a deadpan memoir of a brilliant career with guidelines on how gambling golfers might thrive in their own weekend wars. Readers will find tips on psyching oneself up, on how and when to bet, and on how to stay cool under pressure; they'll learn how to 'doctor' clubs, how to drive golf balls out from under Dixie cups, and how to add a dash of 'hustle' to their own games. Leon Crump's fresh, offbeat approach to golf will score an ace with anyone who's ever wondered about - or wandered into - golf's wilder side." New, unread copy: spine square/TINY bit of bumping at head/heel, pages lightly tanned/remainder mark at lower edge of page block else the book is perfect with NO markings throughout. The dj's back is lightly rubbing, TINY bit of bumping at head/heel of spine, TINY bit of upper edge creasing else it's perfect, also, with no other flaws. NOT an ex-library, NOT a book club, dj NOT price-clipped ("$23.00"). New in New dj. Bookseller Inventory # 012665
Book Description William Morrow, 1997. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Filled with high drama and deadpan humor, this compulsively readable memoir chronicles golf hustler Leon Crump's checkered career and shares his trade secrets on how to hustle, out bet, and out psyche any opponent. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0062701711
Book Description William Morrow, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0062701711
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