The Game I Love: Wisdom, Insight and Instruction from Golf's Greatest Player

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Short of actually inventing the sport, Sam Snead has done more for golf than anyone else who ever swung a club. Over the course of a spectacular career that began in 1936--Snead, now eighty-five, still swings like a champion--the man who has won more tournaments than any golfer in history not only perfected the playing of the game, but helped make it an American institution.

In The Game I Love, Snead mixes expert advice on golf with unforgettable anecdotes. Acclaimed for his ...

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Short of actually inventing the sport, Sam Snead has done more for golf than anyone else who ever swung a club. Over the course of a spectacular career that began in 1936--Snead, now eighty-five, still swings like a champion--the man who has won more tournaments than any golfer in history not only perfected the playing of the game, but helped make it an American institution.

In The Game I Love, Snead mixes expert advice on golf with unforgettable anecdotes. Acclaimed for his personality as much as for his professionalism, Snead shares the priceless strategies that helped to shape his success (and now yours), including instructions on the swing, wisdom on putting, and insight on the all important mental game.

If you're looking for pointers from the master on crushing drives down the fairway or just having more fun on the course, this is an absolute must for your golfing library.

In the bestselling tradition of Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, one of the most renowned legends of the links offers up the best of his wisdom, wit, and wonderful anecdotes from a life on the fairway. 160 pp. 5-city author tour. Print ads. Media publicity. 40,000 print.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Now 85, Snead has played professional golf for seven decades and observes wryly that he has won 185 tournaments and lost 400. Writing with sports psychologist Pirozzolo, he talks about the mental set needed on the links, urging golfers to have a "blueprint" before they begin a round, to concentrate on rhythm and timing, to have mastery over themselves and not be concerned about how others play, and, above all, to stay in shape and to practice regularly. All this, presumably, is predicated on the assumption that the player has good technique, which Snead always had, demonstrated here by flipping the right-hand pages to see his stroke in action. He writes of the presidents he has played with and the celebrities he has met, from the serious Bing Crosby to the playful Harpo Marx. The text is supplemented by sidebars written by the likes of Byron Nelson, Lee Trevino, Judy Rankin, Tom Watson and Dan Quayle, in Snead's opinion the top golfer among politicos. The book is best approached as an outstanding guide, rather than as an autobiography. (Nov.)
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Snead mixes advice with anecdotal asides.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780345410849
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/30/1997
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Snead has won more than one hundred and eighty-five professional golf tournaments. He is the coauthor of twelve previous books.

Fran Pirozzolo was the Chief of Neuropsychology Service at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and has been published extensively. He is a well-known human performance coach for many world-class athletes and the team psychologist for the New York Yankees. Fran, who works with many of the world's top golfers, recently coauthored The Putter's Pocket Companion with Jim McLean. He is also a member of the teaching staff at the Doral Golf Learning Center in Miami.

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