Driven: Teen Phenoms, Mad Parents, Swing Science and the Future of Golf

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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 ...

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Driven: Teen Phenoms, Mad Parents, Swing Science and the Future of Golf

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Overview

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 's next generation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592404698
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,403,316
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Cook
Kevin Cook is the author of Tommy's Honor, which won the United States Golf Association's 2007 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award. An award-winning journalist and former editor in chief of Golf Magazine, Cook has been a senior editor at Sports Illustrated, executive editor of Travel & Leisure Golf, and guest commentator on CNN and ESPN.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Brave New Game ix

1 Talent: The First Ingredient 1

2 Grit: Blood, Sweat and Tears - and Blisters 33

3 Teaching: The Science of Swinging a Stick 62

4 Support: Nobody Makes It Alone 100

5 Graduation: At First, You Don't Succeed 133

6 Breakthrough: The Last Giant Step 170

Epilogues: To Be Continued 199

Acknowledgments 223

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