On Par: The Everyday Golfer’s Survival Guide

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Bill Pennington, author of the beloved and widely read “On Par” 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 golf’s essentials—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 anyone’s game. He has consulted the world’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 golf’s holy grail, the hole in one.

Part instruction, part education, part therapy, and shot through with Pennington’s trademark wit, this is a book for everyone who has ever felt the game’s distinct pull—and slice.

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Advance Praise for On Par by Bill Pennington:

"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 as Bill Pennington does in On Par." —Jim Nantz, CBS Sports

"Bill Pennington takes his firsthand experience as a golfer, as well as his years of getting to know professionals, and delivers a phenomenal guide to the sport. As all golfers know, golf 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

"On Par is the ideal guide for golfers who don’t hit their pitching wedge 160 yards, get paid for wearing white belts, or hang out with Las Vegas cocktail waitresses. And it wouldn’t do those other guys any harm, either." —David Owen, author of My Usual Game

"Put a copy of Bill Pennington’s On Par on your shelf and another copy in your golf bag. Often funny, always smart, Pennington zeroes in on the essence of a royally crazy old game." —Kevin Cook, author of Titanic Thompson and Tommy’s Honor

"One of the great joys during the golf season is reading Bill Pennington’s golf page, "On Par," in the New York Times each Monday morning. Imagine, now we have this wonderful book that’s much, much more. Trust me, if you’re an avid golfer, you’ll devour each and every word." —Martin Davis, golf historian and author of The American Golfer

About the Author:

BILL PENNINGTON is an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times. A former syndicated columnist, Pennington was a beat writer who covered much of Billy Martin's tenure with the New York Yankees. A fifteen-time finalist and six-time winner of the Associated Press Sports Editors' annual writing award, Pennington lives with his family in Warwick, New York. This is his fourth book.


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