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The First Chapbook for Golfers : Lessons and Lore, Wit and Wisdom

Silverman, Jeffrey (editor)

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ISBN 10: 0942627660 / ISBN 13: 9780942627664
Published by Woodford Pub, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The First Chapbook for Golfers : Lessons and...

Publisher: Woodford Pub, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Golf writers are in touch with the soul of the game. With charm, wit, and wisdom, they write to help golfers at all levels hack through the vines of frustration and confusion. Writers explore the mystique of the game. The Texas Twosome leads off The First Chapbook for Golfers. Exclusively for this book, Bud Shrake offers a wonderful story about the day legendary Harvey Penick missed lunch and a lesson with famed writer James Michener. Dan Jenkins follows with a piece that will evoke grins and grousing from golfers who have the PGA Tour take over their club to stage a Tour event. Bud Shrake, of course, co-wrote the Harvey Penick books, starting with the Little Red Book. Is there a similarity here? You bet! This book is a treasure chest of golf stories from well-known authors who are anything but synonymous with the game of golf-among them A.A. Milne, Rube Goldberg, John Updike, Ian Flemming, P.G. Wodehouse, Art Buchwald, and more. Tips and insights abound from those who have played the game at the highest levels, including Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Raymond Floyd, Ben Crenshaw, and Roger Maltbie. Out of the thousands of books on golf, there has never been one like this one. It is as entertaining as it is useful, and it is a tip of the visor to Bud Shrake and Dan Jenkins, bosom buddies who hold course records for love of the game.

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The old saying, "The smaller the ball, the better the lit" doesn't always hold true--where are the great Ping-Pong novels?--but Jeff Silverman presents plenty of great golf writing in The First Chapbook for Golfers. From the good times ("The Sweet Spot") to the bad times ("Golf Spelled Backwards is 'Flog'"), Silverman has compiled an excellent collection of brief texts on the royal and ancient game by such links legends as Sam Snead, Ben Crenshaw, and Harvey Penick--as well as pieces from writers as diverse as John Updike, Ian Fleming, and Art Buchwald. This treasure chest of golf lore includes discussions of everything from psychology to etiquette, from the elements of course design to a breakdown of the real cost of your $400 driver, from golf legends to golf advice, and even a section on "The Fairwayest of Them All"--women and golf. Some will undoubtedly be familiar ("Golf is the one game I know which becomes more and more difficult the longer you play it"--Bobby Jones), others perhaps less so ("Golf would be a very dull game it if were entirely a matter of skill"--A.A. Milne), but all will ring true to the duffer. A great little gem of a book. --M. Stein

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