On Par: The Everyday Golfer's Survival Guide
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Bill Pennington, the voice of the everyday golfer, has traveled the globe in search of golf’s essentials—those basic principles, those ultimate truths (and, who are we kidding, any trick or quick fix he can pick up along the way) that will improve anyone’s game. He has consulted elite golf instructors as well as countless caddies, groundskeepers, parking lot attendants, and bartenders. He has played rounds with Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, and Justin Timberlake. He has spoken with psychiatrists, economists, and Zen masters. On a particularly bad outing, he even discoursed on the fickleness of golf with a wise raccoon.
In On Par, Pennington distills this wisdom in an insightful guide to the game. From equipment to the language of golf, from camaraderie to the short-game/long-game debate, Pennington informs and entertains readers as he gets to the essence of the game, including that Holy Grail, the hole in one. Part instruction, part therapy, and shot through with Pennington’s trademark wit and humor, this is a book for everyone who has felt the game’s distinct pull—and slice.
“A phenomenal guide . . . As all golfers know, the sport is about more than being able to hit a good shot and this book takes you through the journey, arming you with everything you need to know.”—Annika Sorenstam
“If you like golf, you’ll like [this book] . . . On Par blends practical advice for beginners . . . golf history . . . trivia . . . and Pennington’s entertaining dispatches from out on the course.”—NPR’s Only a Game
potential customers call him every day to ask how many holes the Rip has. When they hear nine instead of eighteen, “sometimes they hang up without saying a word,” he said. “We know there’s a stigma.” But he also knows there are people who don’t have the time to play eighteen holes, and people who can’t physically play eighteen holes. There are also people who know that playing from his course’s two sets of tees alters the driving strategy enough that eighteen holes on the same nine feels almost
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We are here to play a game. Now go out there and have fun. But what about the club etiquette in this sanctuary-like environment? Well, it’s not quite like entering a secret society even if people like to imagine that it is. Harry Potter had it much harder at Hogwarts. There are only a very few don’ts and just a few places to be careful. For example, don’t change your shoes in the parking lot. That’s a no-no. Carry your golf shoes in a bag and change them in the locker room. If you have bought a
among us has a pre-shot routine for hitting in front of Tiger Woods? As I looked at the ball, all that came to mind were the conversations I had had the night before with the other average golfers. “We all fear the same thing,” said Jeremiah Christy, a government contractor from Maryland. “We don’t want to dribble it off the tee. Everyone is praying, ‘Please, God, let me get the ball airborne.’” So this was the day when Joe the Golfer played with Tiger Woods. The lucky twenty-four were winners
mid-round golf choices, the standard hot dog and beer? “If you’re having a social round of golf, maybe that’s OK, but if you want to play well, those are completely nonsensical choices,” Benardot said. “Throw the hot dog away and eat the bun; that has carbohydrates.” I guess Slim Jims and Jell-O shots are out of the question. Well, like everything else in golf, it’s about course management. I wondered, though, what real effects I would see in golfers who did not seek the recommended