The Mystery of Golf: A Brief Account of the Game: its Origin, Antiquity, & Romance; its Uniqueness, its Curiousness, & its Difficulty; its anatomical, philosophical, and moral Properties; together with diverse Concepts on other Matters to it Appertaining

The Mystery of Golf: A Brief Account of the Game: its Origin, Antiquity, & Romance; its Uniqueness, its Curiousness, & its Difficulty; its anatomical, philosophical, and moral Properties; together with diverse Concepts on other Matters to it Appertaining

by Arnold Haultain
     
 

Written in 1908 by a Canadian belletrist who fancied himself a golfer, this classic treatise explores man's age-old love affair with golf - and pronounces it incurable. Just as a careful player sizes up a putt from all possible angles, so does Haultain examine this curious game, from the physiology of the perfect swing, to the psychology of a sport in which the

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Written in 1908 by a Canadian belletrist who fancied himself a golfer, this classic treatise explores man's age-old love affair with golf - and pronounces it incurable. Just as a careful player sizes up a putt from all possible angles, so does Haultain examine this curious game, from the physiology of the perfect swing, to the psychology of a sport in which the opponent is oneself, to the peculiar brand of spirituality that leads people around eighteen holes with the promise of nothing more than "almost." THE MYSTERY OF GOLF may not help shave strokes off your game, but its delightful meditations on why we care so much make for "pure, evergreen entertainment" (Herbert Warren Wind).

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"Golfers and lovers of language will adore this 1908 volume." Publishers Weekly

"Goes to the heart of golf's peculiar lovability and enduring fascination."—John Updike

"THE MYSTERY OF GOLF states with great eloquence this hard-learned truth about golf—even though we often fail in our attempts to master this game, we find in its many secrets a better definition of ourselves."—Hale Irwin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618055227
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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John Updike
John Updike

Goes to the heart of golf's peculiar lovability and enduring fascination.

Meet the Author

Arnold Haultain was born in India to British parents but lived most of his life in Canada, where he played golf regularly at the Toronto Golf Club and published a number of books on everything from love to the war in Sudan. He is said to have worked very diligently for many years writing THE MYSTERY OF GOLF.

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