Its a 390-page unmade bed of a book that is a pure delight. Its authors are Lorne Rubenstein and Jeff Neuman. Its publisher is Workman. And its available in paperback for $13.95.
The whole disorderly idea is that you can open the book to any page and find a nugget about golf that you might not already have known; or that you might have forgotten; or that you couldnt have imagined.
It is not meant to be read from cover-to-cover. It is not meant to be a page turner. It is meant to be savored. You can fall asleep while reading this book, wake up having lost your place and not miss a beat. It is golfiana.
On page 7 I discover that one of Alister Mackenzies essential features of an ideal golf course is this: The course should have beautiful surroundings and all the artificial features should have an appearance that a stranger is unable to distinguish them from nature itself.
On page 41 I learn that Flipoot, Glory Dimple, Glory Floater, and St. Mungo are all brand names of golf balls once marketed. So are Jack Rabbit and Jolly Junior.
On page 52 I am reminded that not only was Jackie Pung disqualified for an honest scorecard mistake that cost her the 1957 U.S. Womens Open but Betty Jameson, playing with Pung made the same mistake on her scorecard and was also disqualified.
On page 82 I find out that Tommy Armour (TA I) is said to have coined the word yips.
On page 99 I see that Sandra Palmer was the leading money winner on the 1975 LPGA Tour with a whopping total of $76,374.
On page 197 the authors list the 10 most memorable lines from Caddyshack. A few of my favorites: I tell you, this steak still has the marks from where the jockey was hittin it. And: In one physical model of the universe, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. . . in the opposite direction.
On page 229 there are golf quotes from literati. William Wordsworth: Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. Mark Twain: Its good sportsmanship not to pick up lost balls while they are still rolling. John Updike: Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.
On page 263 there are instructions on how to play a round of golf without knowing any yardages. Let your eye and your senses guide you around the course. The wager here is that youll hit a greater variety of shots, that youll be more involved in your round and that youll enjoy it in new ways. Youll probably also score better.
On page 267 Gary Player says this: The Masters is the only tournament I ever knew where you choke when you drive through the front gate.
On page 279 Harvey Penick says this: The first and foremost fundamental [of chipping and putting is]: keep your hands ahead of or even with the clubhead on the follow-through. All the way through.
On page 322 and 323 there is a list of Quotations From Chairman Moe (Chairman Moe being idiosyncratic Canadian golf savant Moe Norman). My favorite: I am not ball oriented. Im divot oriented. I swing past the ball.
Yes, I listed these few of my favorites in chronological order. So shoot me.
Bottom line here, if you have a golf books section in your library at home and you are, in any way proud of that collection, you must have this book in it.
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