Offbeat Golf

Offbeat Golf

by Robert L. Loeffelbein, Bob Loeffelbein, Robert L. Loeffelbein
     
 

Tired of boring, staid golf books with pretty photos of fairways and the same dull anecdotes and "helpful" tips you've heard a thousand times before? Then you're going to love Offbeat Golf--A Swingin' Guide to a Worldwide Obsession.

Author and professional duffer Bob Loeffelbein takes an inspired look at the most unusual aspects of one of the most loved--and

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Overview

Tired of boring, staid golf books with pretty photos of fairways and the same dull anecdotes and "helpful" tips you've heard a thousand times before? Then you're going to love Offbeat Golf--A Swingin' Guide to a Worldwide Obsession.

Author and professional duffer Bob Loeffelbein takes an inspired look at the most unusual aspects of one of the most loved--and loathed--games in the world. Included in Offbeat Golf are an eccentric history of the sport, weird rules, trick shot artists, "curious" courses, robots who golf, bizarre gadgets to improve your game, eclectic equipment, and the most unbelievable golf carts you've ever seen!

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Offbeat Golf is must reading for all true golf devotees.
Playboy Magazine
A book that covers the human side of golf history.
GolfWord Magazine
"Sam Snead meets Rube Goldberg!" An inspired look at the most unusual aspects of one of the most loved-and loathed-games in the world. Includes weird rules, trick shot artists, "coarse" courses, robots who golf, bizarre gadgets, and eclectic equipment.
Fore Florida Magazine
When your game has gotten too serious, Offbeat Golf is a great way to lighten up.
travelgolf.com
Offbeat Golf is by far the most entertaining book on golf I have ever read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891661020
Publisher:
Santa Monica Press
Publication date:
06/05/1998
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.43(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.40(d)

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Let's Ditch The Rules Altogether

Have you ever played the game so badly that you told yourself you could throw the ball and around the course and come up with a lower score? Well, some people have actually done it. The world record for throwing a ball around an 18-hole course is 84, set by Douglas V. Shipe at the University of Missouri course in 1971.

But throwing a ball around a course is hardly the only way to subvert the rules. Throughout the20th century, specialty tournaments in which the traditional rules of golf are turned inside-out have been held around the country. The Duffer's Tournament, for some 12,000 members of the U.S. Duffers Association headquartered in Newport, Kentucky, is a good example. A duffer who shanks his drive out of bounds, for instance, can take another shot with only one penalty stroke added, instead of two, or he can improve his lie as much as six inches, smooth out spike prints on the green, and clean or replace his ball at any time without penalty. He is allowed to whiff without counting the stroke. If he hits into the water, he can drop on the far side of the hazard for only one added stroke. In short, they still play for fun.

The Interdenominational Churchmen Tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan installed four special rules: "Thou shalt not use profanity," "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's putter," "Thou shalt not steal thy neighbor's ball," and "Thou shalt not bear false witness in the final tally." What might have been deemed unseemly, however, was that the rules, according to one of the organizers, were swiped from another preachers' tournament. "I'm afraid we'll be accused of plagiarizing," said one white-collared official. The National Association of Left-Handed Golfers was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1935. It sponsors about 30 tournaments a year, including an annual championship. Their main rule is that "all but trouble shots must be played lefty." They now have a women's division, as well as a newsletter called "Southpaw Activities."

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