The Poetics of Golf

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Many golfers would agree with Andy Brumer that there is poetry in the game of golf. And Brumer is not the first to insist that there is more to the game than the superstars, swing gurus, and high-tech equipment that dominate talk of the game today. In this series of essays, Brumer, one of the most insightful writers on golf, considers the game from unexpected and often surprising angles. At once contemplative and compelling, The Poetics of Golf explores the links between golf and life by way of art and ...

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Overview

Many golfers would agree with Andy Brumer that there is poetry in the game of golf. And Brumer is not the first to insist that there is more to the game than the superstars, swing gurus, and high-tech equipment that dominate talk of the game today. In this series of essays, Brumer, one of the most insightful writers on golf, considers the game from unexpected and often surprising angles. At once contemplative and compelling, The Poetics of Golf explores the links between golf and life by way of art and literature, philosophy and psychology. In portraits of various players—including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, and Arnold Palmer, among others—Brumer teases out the truths that their games can tell us, not just about golf, but about character and courage. And he also offers an unconventional yet enlightening look at the intricacies of the golf swing, course architecture, and golfing equipment. Finally, his book reveals to us—in its content and also in its wide-ranging, often lyrical style—that golf is by no means only a game.

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Editorial Reviews

Al Barkow
"Whenever I need a special insight on the old Scotsgame, either as an editor or a golfer, I always turn to Andy Brumer."

-Al Barkow, golf writer and historian, and editor of the Journal of the Shivas Irons Society

Robby Krieger
"Anyone who thinks there's nothing new to say about this game should read this book."

-Robby Krieger, lead guitarist/songwriter for the Doors and an avid golfer

Al Barkow
“Whenever I need a special insight on the old Scotsgame, either as an editor or a golfer, I always turn to Andy Brumer.”—Al Barkow, golf writer and historian, and editor of the Journal of the Shivas Irons Society
Robby Krieger
“Anyone who thinks there’s nothing new to say about this game should read this book.”—Robby Krieger, lead guitarist/songwriter for the Doors and an avid golfer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803213654
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy Brumer is a freelance writer specializing in golf, art, and literature. Formerly the editor of Golf Tips magazine and Petersen’s Golfing, he is the author of Guide to the Golf Revolution: How Technology Is Driving the Game and the coauthor, with Bobby Clampett, of The Impact Zone: Mastering Golf's Moment of Truth.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Golf as Memoir
Taking It Back Inside     3
Night Golf     5
Sam     14
Girls and Golf in Pinehurst     23
Golfless in Berkeley     29
Pure Wine     40
Cheating at Golf     47
Lives of the Golfers
What Do Golfers Want?     55
Arnold Palmer     61
Light My Fivewood     63
Jack Nicklaus     66
The Meaning of Tiger Woods     67
Bobby Jones     74
John Daly     75
Charles Howell III     76
Mike Austin, "Mr. 515"     77
Gary Player     82
Fred Couples     83
Big Shots at Bighorn (July 31, 2002)     84
Craig Stadler     89
Raymond Floyd's Swing     90
Annika Sorenstam     91
Can You Have Too Much Love?     92
Se Ri Pak     96
Canvassing the Course     97
Tom Watson     101
The Golf Swing as the Axis of the World
Golf Mundi     105
The Swing Sculpture     107
"I've Got It!" (or the Madness of "Y")     109
Basho's Haiku and the Three-ring Swing     112
Fingerprint Swings     115
Dream Lessons     119
On Phil's Watch     129
The Zen Puppet Swing     132
Telling Golf's Secret     134
Seeing the Light     136
Bending Hogan     138
The Pathological Driving Range     142
Piano Lessons to Nobody     146
Golf as a Tool Chest
Faithless to the Fourteen     153
The Half-degree Solution     156
Strokes of Genius     159
About Face     162
Vestigial Headcovers     165
Golf and the Soul
The Golf Course as a Work of Art     169
Golf and Creativity     176
Golf and Spirituality     183
Bob'n Around     194
Golf's Imponderables (and an Answer from Jack Kerouac)     201
Winter Scene with Figures Playing Kolf     205
Source Acknowledgments     209
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