To the low- and high-handicapper alike, golf represents an ongoing quest and an exhilarating challenge. In this brilliant collection, award-winning author I.J. Schecter embarks on a dogged pursuit of golf's elusive Holy Grail—breaking 100—with hilarious results. Clinging to boundless (and often groundless) optimism, Schecter attempts to untangle the secret to good golf in increasingly desperate ways—like playing five different courses in five days, accompanying a greenskeeping team on their pre-dawn rounds, trying to replicate one of Tiger Woods's legendary shots, and turning to a three-year-old for guidance. Like any golfer, he comes to realize that the journey, though demanding, proves its own reward.
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About the Author
I.J. Schecter writes feature columns for top golf publications throughout the world, including GOLF Canada, Golf Monthly and Fairways, as well as a variety of other sports and fitness magazines. A National Magazine Award winner and author of a previous short story collection, The Bottom of the Mug, I.J. lives in Toronto with his wife, Stephanie, and his sons, Julian and Oliver, both of whom exhibit more golf potential than their dad despite being three and one years old.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments.
1. Home on the Range.
2. Young Drivers.
3. A Christmas Miracle.
4. With Resolve.
5. Ten Reasons I'll (Probably) Never Take a Golf Lesson.
6. Uncle Hugh's Rules for Maintaining a Ten Handicap.
7. Forces of Nature.
8. The Perfectionist.
9. Next on the Tee, Shaq.
10. Scoring with the Ladies.
11. Thoughts on a Backswing.
12. The Sweet Spot.
13. Longest Drive? How About Biggest Slice?
14. A Day at the Abbey.
15. Ira's 80.
16. Michael's 79.
17. Easy Ryder.
18. The Duffer's Guide to Poise, Panache and Popularity.
19. Till Death Do Us Par.
20. Golfing with Steph.
21. The Giant and the Devil.
22. Lob Wedge or Hand Shears?
23. The Twenty-Three Dumbest Things You can Say on a Golf Course.
24. Taking It to the Next Level.
25. The Fundamentals.
26. Putting My Game to the Test.
27. Everything I Needed to Know About Golf.
28. The Fakahatchee Whisperer.
29. One for the Ages.
30. The Scottie Principles.
What People are Saying About This
Praise for Slices: Observations from the Wrong Side of the Fairway by I. J. Schecter
"Slices will make you forget all about those flubbed chips and missed putts, because you’ll be too busy laughing."
—John Tenpenny, Editor, Fairways
"I.J. Schecter may someday break 100, but let’s hope not--it’s far too much fun cheering him along in the attempt."
—Jason Sowards, Editor, Golf Illustrated
"I.J. Schecter reminds us that the most important skill in golf isn’t driving, chipping or putting, but the ability to laugh."
—Neil Yack, Director of Instruction, Richmond Hill Golf Club
"Take this trip with I.J. Schecter as he tries to convince himself, and you, that he’s found the secret (or is that secrets?) to a better swing. Laugh along while he dreams of greater glories on the course or goes up against famous players during a fantastical round of mini-golf. Get to know his Uncle Hugh—you probably have an Uncle Hugh in your golfing life. Sit back and take it all in as Schecter conveys you on a happy-go-lucky ride through the wonderful and wondrous world of golf."