Slices : Observations from the Wrong Side of the Fairway

Slices : Observations from the Wrong Side of the Fairway

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 250 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780470837344
  • DDC分類 796.3520207

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"Millions of words are written in this field every year, but few better than those that come from I.J. Schecter." -Jane Carter, Editor, Golf Monthly "In golf, there are the elite, and then there are the rest of us. We others, lumped together in the Duffer Zone--you know us from the formal announcements we send out whenever we break 100--are like the thousands who finish mid-pack in a big-city marathon: happily unremarkable, content just to enjoy the sunshine with some like-minded others, unconcerned about the guy who crossed the tape forty minutes earlier. We are competent but not brilliant. We are enthusiastic, though a far cry from intense. Our fairway woods are mostly reliable, but put a 3-iron in our hands and we might as well be swinging a screwdriver." To the low- and high-handicapper alike, golf represents an ongoing quest and an exhilarating challenge. In this brilliant collection, award-winning author I.J. Schecter embarks on a dogged pursuit of golf's elusive Holy Grail--breaking 100--with hilarious results. Clinging to boundless (and often groundless) optimism, Schecter attempts to untangle the secret to good golf in increasingly desperate ways--like playing five different courses in five days, accompanying a greenskeeping team on their pre-dawn rounds, trying to replicate one of Tiger Woods' legendary shots, and turning to a three-year-old for guidance. Like any golfer, he comes to realize that the journey, though demanding, proves its own reward. A unique book from a gifted writer, Slices is an eloquent, witty celebration of both the game of golf and the unwavering efforts of those who try, again and again, to tame it.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    xiii
Preface xvii
Home on the Range 1 (6)
Young Drivers 7 (8)
A Christmas Miracle 15 (8)
With Resolve 23 (8)
Ten Reasons I'll (Probably) Never Take a 31 (4)
Golf Lesson
Uncle Hugh's Rules for Maintaining a Ten 35 (6)
Forces of Nature 41 (14)
The Perfectionist 55 (10)
Next on the Tee, Shaq 65 (8)
Scoring with the Ladies 73 (12)
Thoughts on a Backswing 85 (8)
The Sweet Spot 93 (10)
Longest Drive? How About Biggest Slice? 103 (6)
A Day at the Abbey 109