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  • "insight into the mind of a phenomenon"

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    You pretty much have to like golf to enjoy this book, but if you do, it is a good listen. Some of the technical aspects of the swing discussed are beyond my understanding, but it is nevertheless a fascinating look at the character of a golf genius, and a legend. Tiger isn't always a nice person, but in this book Tiger's tendency to be unsociable is forgivable, because it is seen as an integral part of his obsessive focus on just one thing - being a winner

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    The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hank Haney
    • Narrated By Hank Haney
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    The Big Miss is Hank Haney's candid and surprisingly insightful account of his tumultuous six-year journey with Tiger Woods, during which the supremely gifted golfer collected six major championships and rewrote golf history. Hank was one of the very few people allowed behind the curtain. He was with Tiger 110 days a year, spoke to him over 200 days a year, and stayed at his home up to 30 days a year, observing him in nearly every circumstance....

    E. L. Robertson says: "Very Mixed Feelings"
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  • The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf

    "A Grand Slam!"

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    Excellent book about Bobby Jones and the history of golf in the USA -- intertwined with the political and cultural events of the times. The reader, Grover Gardner, is one of Audible's best. He brings the story alive.

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Ben East Blaxland Australia 02-18-05
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  • "A must have for anyone seeking seri..."

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    If you buy this audio book expecting it to shave 5-10 shots of your game by the weekend you will be disappointed - but if you do this I'll bet you have a garage full of training tools, drivers and putters that have disappointed you also !!. This, like Bob's other works, is instead a well researched and highly practical insight into the power of the mind and the effect it has n your scores and enjoyment of the game.

    Bob's simple and no-nonsense approach to understanding and accepting what happens on the course has been of great value to me in a time when my handicap had slipped backwards a few shots, my frustration had increased and at times the enjoyment had gone for me. Thanks to Bob I now practise and play with a new sense of purpose and self-acceptance and as a result both my scores and enjoyment have improved.

    Bob's focus on the short game, putting, pre-shot routines and strategy are the basis of the book (and all his others) and very well explained through his useful tips and anecdotes ? he has after all worked with an impressive array of pros.

    This CD lives in my car and I listen to it at least once a week ? I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve AND is prepared to work towards it over time. Miracle seekers need not apply!

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    Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Dr. Bob Rotella, Bob Cullen
    • Narrated By Dr. Bob Rotella
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    Filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.

    Derek says: "Before you buy the next $400 driver, buy this book"

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  • 4.3 (244 ratings)

    Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Reilly
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Rick Reilly has been a senior sports writer for Sports Illustrated for the past 17 years, and has been named "Sports Writer of The Year" seven times. Now, he pokes his nose into the world of golf. How does he do it? By caddying ("looping") for top players, celebrities, and some really bad run-of-the-mill golfers, Reilly gains insight into the minds of golfers, their winning or less-than-winning ways, and what they actually mutter when they're in the middle of play.

    Patrick says: "Absolutely Friggin' Hilarious!!!"
  • 4.4 (102 ratings)

    The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Frost
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a 28-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship.

    Will says: "A grand man."
  • 4.2 (86 ratings)

    Shanks for Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rick Reilly
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    Life is going pretty well for Raymond "Stick" Hart. He's happily married to the former Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Club assistant pro, the beauteous Cajun firecracker Dannie, raising his rambunctious son, Charlie, and getting by writing smart-mouthed greeting cards for 50 bucks a pop. Then, one disaster of a day, Stick's world does a 10-car pile-up. Luckily, Stick has a solution to all his problems. He'll qualify for the British Open.

    Raymond says: "Better than Caddyshack"
  • 4.3 (92 ratings)

    Hogan

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Curt Sampson
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
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    (24)
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    Ben Hogan was the hero no one knew. No one knew what drove him to practice until his hands bled. No one knew what private demons built the high walls that surrounded him. No one was even sure how he hit a golf ball with such godlike precision. He built a legend and a mystique that captivates golfers still.

    Stanley says: "Hogan (unabridged)"
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  • 4.1 (106 ratings)

    Who's Your Caddy: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rick Reilly
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The funniest and most popular sportswriter in America abandons his desk at Sports Illustrated to caddy for some of the world's most famous golfers, and some celebrity duffers, recounting it all in this hilarious and revealing look at the world of golf.

    Michael says: "HILLARIOUS!!"
  • 4.2 (192 ratings)

    Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Dr. Bob Rotella, Bob Cullen
    • Narrated By Dr. Bob Rotella
    Overall
    (192)
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    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.

    Derek says: "Before you buy the next $400 driver, buy this book"
  • 4.1 (246 ratings)

    Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dr. Joseph Parent
    • Narrated By Dr. Joseph Parent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (76)
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    (77)

    In chapters such as "During Your Swing Is Not the Time to Give Yourself a Lesson" and "How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf," the author guides golfers with simple yet powerful techniques to prepare for, execute, and, equally important, respond to the results of any golf shot. The author, Dr. Joseph Parent, is a PGA Tour Instructor who draws on his teaching experience to offer special methods that have led to amazing improvements in the games of professionals and amateurs alike.

    Patrick says: "All golfers read this book"
  • 4.2 (38 ratings)

    The Pro: Lessons from My Father About Golf and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Claude Harmon
    • Narrated By Joseph Buttler
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    Claude "Butch" Harmon is the world's number one golf coach. He taught Tiger Woods through one of the greatest stretches of victories in golf history (and, perhaps even more conspicuously, did not teach Tiger Woods following his unprecedented run), as well as superstars like Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Fred Couples, Darren Clarke, Natalie Gulbis, and Davis Love III.

    Dan says: "A story well written"
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  • 4.0 (46 ratings)

    The Masters: Golf, Money, and Power in Augusta, Georgia

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Curt Sampson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
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    The Masters golf tournament weaves a hypnotic spell. It is the toughest ticket in sports, with black-market tickets selling for $10,000 and more. Success at Augusta National breeds legends, while failure can overshadow even the most brilliant of careers. But as Curt Sampson reveals in The Masters, a cold heart beats behind the warm antebellum facade of this famous Augusta course.

    John says: "bad quality"
  • 3.9 (54 ratings)

    Zen Putting: Mastering the Mental Game on the Greens

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dr. Joseph Parent
    • Narrated By Dr. Joseph Parent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (54)
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    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    Confidence, as every golfer knows, is the key to peak performance on the greens. Zen Putting: Mastering the Mental Game builds your confidence through a thinking-outside-the-box approach that helps golfers of all levels get out of their own way and roll the ball better than ever.

    Eric says: "Not just for putting"
  • The Unstoppable Golfer: Trusting Your Mind & Your Short Game to Achieve Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dr. Bob Rotella
    • Narrated By Bob Rotella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (35)
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    It is no secret that more than two-thirds of the shots a golfer makes are shorts ones: putts, chips, and pitches. Long drives may garner applause, but whether a golfer wants to win the Masters or just five bucks from a friend on Saturday morning, it’s the little shots that make the difference. In The Unstoppable Golfer, Dr. Bob Rotella takes the same wisdom and experience that have worked for clients like Davis Love III and David Toms to help you master this special art of short shots and avoid all the frustration out of this increasingly challenging element of the game.

    Kent C. Hustvedt says: "awesome"
  • Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dr. Joseph Parent
    • Narrated By Dr. Joseph Parent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    In chapters such as "During Your Swing Is Not the Time to Give Yourself a Lesson" and "How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf," the author guides golfers with simple yet powerful techniques to prepare for, execute, and, equally important, respond to the results of any golf shot. The author, Dr. Joseph Parent, is a PGA Tour Instructor who draws on his teaching experience to offer special methods that have led to amazing improvements in the games of professionals and amateurs alike.

    Patrick says: "All golfers read this book"
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dan Jenkins
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
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    (3)
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    The colorful, sentimental, funny, affectionate, cantankerous memoir by the most colorful, funniest, most cantankerous-- and probably the most revered-- sportswriter of the last fifty years. Dan Jenkins is accepted as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) golf writer of all time, wrote beloved bestselling novels and abused more corporate expense accounts than anyone who ever lived. It's a touching, laugh-out-loud tribute to the romanticism of old-time sportswriting-- and the glory days of sports.

  • GOLF: The Art of the Mental Game: 100 Classic Golf Tips

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dr. Joseph Parent
    • Narrated By Dr. Joseph Parent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (22)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Dr. Joe Parent has drawn on a career coaching the masters to write a hundred easy to understand yet powerful tips for improving any golfer’s score, from the essentials of the mental game to helpful hints to keep your composure. As with his other books, you will find yourself returning time and again to hear what Masters and PGA Champion Vijay Singh call “lessons that make the mental game seem so simple".

    Kent C. Hustvedt says: "Parent puts the Zen in golf"
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  • Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Dr. Bob Rotella, Bob Cullen
    • Narrated By Dr. Bob Rotella
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.

    Derek says: "Before you buy the next $400 driver, buy this book"
  • The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Frost
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Renowned novelist and screenwriter Mark Frost turns his eye for golf to an event so famous that it’s grown to the stuff of legend. In 1956, a casual bet between two millionaires eventually pitted two of the greatest golfers of the era—Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan—against top amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. Frost recounts this dramatic tale from start to finish, detailing the match that vaulted golf out of the shadows and into the national spotlight.

    Andrew says: "Must Read"
  • Putting Out of Your Mind

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Dr. Bob Rotella
    • Narrated By Dr. Bob Rotella
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    (13)
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    (15)

    Putting Out of Your Mind is an informative and valuable guide to achieving a better golf game. While most spend their time trying to perfect their swing, Rotella encourages golfers to concentrate on their putting: the most crucial yet often overlooked aspect of the game. From true-life stories of such greats as Davis Love III, David Duvall, and Brad Faxon, to dozens of game-changing practice drills, Putting Out of Your Mind is the new bible of putting for amateurs and pros alike.

    L. Kaylor says: "Get confident in your swing"
  • Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Reilly
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Rick Reilly has been a senior sports writer for Sports Illustrated for the past 17 years, and has been named "Sports Writer of The Year" seven times. Now, he pokes his nose into the world of golf. How does he do it? By caddying ("looping") for top players, celebrities, and some really bad run-of-the-mill golfers, Reilly gains insight into the minds of golfers, their winning or less-than-winning ways, and what they actually mutter when they're in the middle of play.

    Patrick says: "Absolutely Friggin' Hilarious!!!"
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  • How I Play Golf

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tiger Woods
    • Narrated By Walter Franks
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    Since turning pro after a short stint at Stanford University, no one athlete has dominated their sport as Tiger Woods has dominated the world of golf. But how does he do it? In How I Play Golf, Tiger talks about his drives, his putting, his chip shots, his mental approach to the game, and much more.

    Jared says: "Has some value"
  • The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hank Haney
    • Narrated By Hank Haney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (179)

    The Big Miss is Hank Haney's candid and surprisingly insightful account of his tumultuous six-year journey with Tiger Woods, during which the supremely gifted golfer collected six major championships and rewrote golf history. Hank was one of the very few people allowed behind the curtain. He was with Tiger 110 days a year, spoke to him over 200 days a year, and stayed at his home up to 30 days a year, observing him in nearly every circumstance....

    E. L. Robertson says: "Very Mixed Feelings"
  • The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Frost
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a 28-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship.

    Will says: "A grand man."
  • The Eternal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Curt Sampson
    • Narrated By Dennis McKee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    1960 was the year that the sport of golf and its vivid personalities exploded on the consciousness of the nation, when the past, present, and future of the game collided. Television, still a new medium, provided a fresh window to this fascinating show and enabled this "rich man's sport" to win over millions of new fans.

    Milton C. Von Minden says: "Good blow-by-blow account of the 1960 Golf Season"
  • Augusta National and The Masters: A Life and Times

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Frank Christian
    • Narrated By Frank Christian
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    This is the story of one of the world's most famous golf courses, the legendary Augusta National. It's told by Frank Christian, archivist and photographer whose father was the Club's first official photographer and whose uncle Montell was photograher at the Club's inception in 1933. Frank talks about the course, the setting, the Club and The Masters, as well as further tales about the vast number of famous golfers and others, including USA Presidents who have graced this wonderful golf course.

  • Deep Rough: A Thriller in Augusta

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chris Blewitt
    • Narrated By Alex Hyde-White
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    When Craig Waltrip, an associate at a Philadelphia sports agency, uncovers a meeting with his boss and a man from Augusta National Golf Course, all bets are on. Deep Rough takes the listener inside The Masters, revealing not only the historical backdrop of the famed tournament, but of a plot that could destroy the very fabric of the tournament itself. Filled with hole by hole descriptions, high stakes and even murder, Deep Rough will make even the casual golfer ponder what really goes on at the most famous golf course in the country.

  • The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gil Capps
    • Narrated By Joel Richards
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    The 1975 Masters Tournament always seemed destined for the record books. A veritable Hall of Fame list of competitors had gathered that spring in Augusta, Georgia, for the game's most famous event, including Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Billy Casper, and Sam Snead. The lead-up had been dominated by Lee Elder, the first black golfer ever invited to the exclusive club's tourney. But by the weekend, the tournament turned into a showdown between the three heavyweights of the time: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, and Tom Weiskopf.

    Hebern says: "Great story, but needs a better reader"
  • Better Golf Game: Be the Best Golfer with Focus and Concentration Hypnosis, Meditation, Relaxation, and Affirmations (The Sleep Learning System)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Joel Thielke
    • Narrated By Joel Thielke
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    Become the best golfer you can be, perfect your swing, and be able to focus and concentrate on the course with this guided meditation and relaxation program, from certified hypnotherapist, Joel Thielke. While you're sleeping, the program will increase your confidence on the course, motivate you to work on your swing, and help you get in the zone when whether you're playing for fun or for competition.

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  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dan Jenkins
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
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    The colorful, sentimental, funny, affectionate, cantankerous memoir by the most colorful, funniest, most cantankerous-- and probably the most revered-- sportswriter of the last fifty years. Dan Jenkins is accepted as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) golf writer of all time, wrote beloved bestselling novels and abused more corporate expense accounts than anyone who ever lived. It's a touching, laugh-out-loud tribute to the romanticism of old-time sportswriting-- and the glory days of sports.

  • The Spiritual Golfer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert 'Lumpy' Lumpkin
    • Narrated By Chris Brinkley
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    Abiding deep within every golfer's spirit is a unique swing. Whether a beginner or advanced player, all golfers can dramatically improve their shot-making skills by taking an exciting and revealing journey inside The Spiritual Golfer. This intriguing pause resister unravels the mystery and confusion surrounding playing great golf!

  • Golf Dads: Fathers, Sons, and the Greatest Game

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Curt Sampson
    • Narrated By Allen Jones
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    The interplay between fathers and sons has long been one of golf’s most essential and enigmatic relationships. In Golf Dads, the best-selling writer and former touring professional Curt Sampson brings to life ten remarkable stories of golfers, their fathers, and the game that brings them together. The stories feature well-known subjects such as Michelle Wie, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, and David Feherty, as well as some surprises, such as six-year-old phenom A.J. Beechler--not yet known to the world.

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