Golfing Reads Just out are two books that should rank high on most lists
as top "golf" reads of the season.
Week" by John Strege (Cliff Street Books/HarperCollinsPublishers,
228pp., $24.00) and "The
Mystery of Golf" by Arnold Haultain (Houghton Mifflin, 160pp.,
$15.00). Both books are fascinating inside looks filled with unusual views
of the game of golf.
book focuses on a chronological excursion that yields a bumper crop of
anecdotes and facts about golfers' surprising habits and the evolvement of
tournament week itself. The author has covered professional golf for the
past 14 years, is an editor for "Golf Digest" and a senior
writer for "Golf World." So he is well qualified to handle his
the very interesting nuggets Strege serves up are:
golfers get to tournaments and the perks that await them, their wives and
children and others players intentionally mislead the public into thinking
they are using a particular brand of club, one they are paid to endorse,
when they really are using a competing brand what the pros carry in their
stories about the sports psychologists and trainers who travel with
golfers and routines used to stay in shape and out of trouble
how they celebrate - Payne Stewart traveling home to see his kids off to
school the next day; David Duval sipping Louis XIII cognac at $1,500 a
Mystery of Golf " was originally published in 1908. Re-issued,
re-packaged and enhanced by the afterward written by John Updike, it
remains as its sub-title informs us "a Brief account of the Game: its
Origin, Antiquity . . . Uniqueness, Curiousness & Its Difficulties;
its anatomical, philosophical, and moral Properties . . ."
antiquated spelling and all, is a splendid summary of what this very
interesting little book is all about.
author, Arnold Haultain, was born in India to British parents, but lived
most of his life in Canada where he played golf at the Toronto Golf Club
and did a great deal of deep thinking about the sport. The book won't make
you a better golfer, but it will definitely enhance your appreciation and
understanding of the game.
Ends: Still in the golf genre and coming out June 13, "Driving Myself
Crazy: Misadventures of a Novice Golfer" by Jessica Maxwell (Bantam
Books, 224 pages, $23.95). The book is an irreverent and offbeat look at
the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Ms. Maxwell as she takes up the
Game on the Road" by Mike Brehm and Mark Paddock (Total Sports,
238pp, $14.95,) is a fan's guide to every NHL city with maps, arena
diagrams, ticket data, shopping and lodging data. If you are a hockey fan,
this book belongs in your collection.