Teen Phenoms, Mad Parents, Swing Science and the Future of Golf
Paperback ISBN: 1592404693
An inside look at the creation of the new breed of superstar golfers Golf keeps looking for the next phenom who will take over the game the way Tiger Woods did in the mid-nineties. But in all likelihood this young golfer will not be discovered but created in a gated three-hundred-acre complex in Florida called the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. Here exists a fierce training ground, where ultra-high-tech cameras provide cutting-edge swing analysis and young players spend almost every waking hour on the driving range. In Driven, award-winning journalist Kevin Cook shows how the game has evolved from a sport of paunchy men to one populated with muscular youngsters blasting tape-measure drives. A vivid snapshot of a rapidly changing game, Driven is a riveting look at the making of golf Â's next generation.
The Secret of Golf
The Story of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus
Paperback ISBN: 1476766444
Drawing on extensive interviews with both players over many years, a story of friendship, rivalry and an enduring relationship between golf legends Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, from 1977 to the present, details the sparring matches that defined the sport for more than a decade. By the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Paterno.
A Course Called Ireland
A Long Walk in Search of a Country, a Pint, and the Next Tee
Paperback ISBN: 1592405282
The hysterical story bestseller about one man's epic Celtic sojourn in search of ancestors, nostalgia, and the world's greatest round of golf By turns hilarious and poetic, A Course Called Ireland is a magnificent tour of a vibrant land and paean to the world's greatest game in the tradition of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. In his thirties, married, and staring down impending fatherhood, Tom Coyne was familiar with the last refuge of the adult male: the golfing trip. Intent on designing a golf trip to end all others, Coyne looked to Ireland, the place where his father has taught him to love the game years before. As he studied a map of the island and plotted his itinerary, it dawn on Coyne that Ireland was ringed with golf holes. The country began to look like one giant round of golf, so Coyne packed up his clubs and set off to play all of it-on foot. A Course Called Ireland is the story of a walking-averse golfer who treks his way around an entire country, spending sixteen weeks playing every seaside hole in Ireland. Along the way, he searches out his family's roots, discovers that a once-poor country has been transformed by an economic boom, and finds that the only thing tougher to escape than Irish sand traps are Irish pubs.
Golf Rules Plain & Simple
Paperback ISBN: 006273668x
A clear and readable pocket handbook, from a PGA chief rules official, explains the thirty-five rules of golf making the sometimes difficult and arcane regulations easily understandable and features wonderful accompanying photographs. Original.
Where Golf is Great
Paperback ISBN: 1579654282
This entertaining, informative, lavishly illustrated, and award-winning volume takes you around dozens of the best courses in Scotland, the birthplace of golf---from the historic splendor of St. Andrews to the regal luxury at Gleneagles, from the majestic lighthouse at Turnberry to the challenging links---land at Muirfield. With its indispensable advice on courses as well as on the sights, restaurants, and hotels, Scotland: Where Golf Is Great showcases the best of the best. Whether golfers actually make the pilgrimage or arm-chair it, this is an unsurpassed celebration of the places where golf is, indeed, great. "A wonderful guided tour in words and pictures of the most celebrated courses and clubs in Scotland."---Arnold Palmer "Jim Finegan transports you to these magical lands."---Jack Nicklaus "In all of golfdom, Jim Finegan is unique in his passion, his insight, and his ability to bring the game to life."---`Michael Bamberger "Such a treat: a guide to courses as well as to the pubs, castles and ruins that any traveler might want to visit."---Los Angeles Times "Finegan`s deft prose threads together personal anecdotes, golf lore, local history and descriptions of a remarkable array of courses."---The wall Street Journal
Hardcover ISBN: 0385532253
The colorful, sentimental, funny, affectionate, cantankerous memoir by the most colorful, funniest, most cantankerous—and probably the most revered—sportswriter of the last fifty years. Dan Jenkins is accepted as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) golf writer of all time, wrote beloved bestselling novels and abused more corporate expense accounts than anyone who ever lived. It's a touching, laugh-out-loud tribute to the romanticism of old-time sportswriting—and the glory days of sports. As Dan Jenkins says in the first few pages of his memoir: "Sometimes, I envy my own childhood." A lot of us can say that about Dan's entire life. He grew up in the Great Depression, but he doesn't seem ever to have been depressed. He was too busy having fun and enjoying life. In His Ownself, we now get to share in the fun. Dan takes us back to his youth in Texas and his eccentric, wealthy mother—with whom he never lived; he lived with his grandparents while his mother flitted in and out of his life—and his sports fan father, whom he barely knew. We see Dan's growth as a sportswriter—from his high school paper through to his first job at the Fort Worth Press—and we understand what it was like to be a sports fan in Texas (it basically meant understanding a lot about passion, religion, heroes, and drinking). And then it's on to the glory days of Sports Illustrated, the most entertaining and most star-studded pages in the book. Dan was one of the handful of writers who made SI what it was for so many decades—the most important sports magazine ever. Not coincidentally, Dan was also at the center of New York night life in those days—hanging out at Elaine's while swapping stories with politicians and movie stars and New York's best writers and best bartenders. Above all, this is a sports nostalgia fan's dream book. And, in particular, a golfer's dream book. There are two chapters on Ben Hogan, whom Dan knew well-enough to play many rounds of golf with. There are up close and very personal looks at Byron Nelson, Palmer, Nicklaus, Tiger. Dan has covered every Masters and U.S. Open and British Open for the past 40+ years. He takes us behind the scenes of those tournaments to capture the drama, the humor and the absurdity of those events. This book is Dan Jenkins remembering, spewing and mouthing off about everything under the sun—politics, hypocrites, political correctness, the past, the present, Hollywood, money, athletes—and, of course, writing the way very few sportswriters have ever been able to write.
The Greatest Game Ever Played
Paperback ISBN: 1401308120
Interweaving the personal stories of American golfer Francis Ouimet and British champion Harry Vardon, this compelling narrative chronicles the epic drama of their legendary confrontation at the 1913 U.S. Open, a competition that marked the rise of the sport of modern golf. Reissue. 50,000 first printing. (A Walt Disney Pictures film, releasing September 2005, directed by Bill Paxton, starring Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Peter Firth, Elias Koteas, & Peyton List) (Sports & Recreation)