From the Publisher
"Humorous but also agonizing and also unfailingly fascinating regardless of one's interest in golf. For the psychology of the sport-- and this is what Mr. Plimpton is probing-- there is nothing more revealing around."The New York Times
"Plimpton will interest even the man who can't tell a pitching wedge from a putter.... This is really a book about a kind of madness with rules, and anyone can appreciate the appeal of that."Newsweek
"Golf is a lonely and private game, lacking the natural drama of football, but Plimpton, by substituting improvisation for plot, has caught its mad comedy and bizarre effects on people in a book just as charming, in its own way, as Paper Lion."Life
"A delight--more entertaining, if possible, than I remembered... the reader leaves George Plimpton's wide world of sports with deep reluctance.... His prose is as elegant and seemingly effortless as Ted Williams's swing or an Arnold Palmer iron shot.... His teammates recede--like the old baseball players vanishing into the cornfield in Field of Dreams, taking their magical world with them but living on in fond memory."Edward Kosner, Wall Street Journal
Read an Excerpt
"Why don't you try Ben Hogan?" the member asked.
He said he would call himhe was a good friendand put in a word for me. Hogan was in the vicinity preparing for the Masters, as he did annnually at the Seminole Golf Club north of Palm Beach.
I thanked the member, and a few days later, on his say-so, I called Hogan. I explained somewhat haltingly that I wanted to write an article about commpeting against great professionals. Perhaps a match could be arranged.
I can remember his voice in replypolite and easy. It took me awhile to realize that he was turning me down. He said, yes, our mutual friend had described the notion to him. He said he had no ojection to playing a friendly match, perhaps along with the friend who had put us in touch. A good player a former Harvard captain, did I know that? Yes, I said. But Hogan went on, if I intended to write about playing against him in a competiton, well, that was another matter. The conditions would have to be those of a tournament..