The Harmons are the First Family of golf, and Claude Harmon, Sr., was the greatest of them all. His skill as a player, an innovator, a teacher, a devoted father, a loyal friend, and a peer of giants such as Ben Hogan has gone largely unappreciated by all but those who knew him best. In this book by his son, he finally gets his due. In The Pro, Butch Harmon paints a compelling portrait of an era in sports before the emergence of big media and bigger money, and shows how the lessons he learned about life and golf at his father's knee made him the man he is today.
The Pro is both a family and a golf memoir, as well as an inside look at what it takes to teach the Tigers of the world. It describes how Butch and his brothers, who are also teachers, transfer their father's unique wit, wisdom, and philosophy to the next generation of golfers. Sometimes their advice relates to the game, sometimes they simply offer words of encouragement and motivation, sometimes they make pointed criticisms intended to shock their students into focus, and sometimes they try to impart simple advice about "walking around through life". The Harmon brothers are teachers who share a special quality: All of their lessons are passed down from their father.
This is a portrait of one extraordinary family and the game that will carry their legacy for years to come.
©2006 Claude Harmon; (P)2006 Books on Tape
Butch is as great an author as he is a golf coach
The entire package
Joseph is born to narrate stories, he brings this story into real time space by expressing every emotion as if he is an extension of the the Harmon family experience.
This book is so fully packed with life that even non-golfers would enjoy it save for golf lingo that one can learn as s/he goes along.
I think Butch has a gift for writing and should look for more opportunities to do so; if only for the ever growing golf enthusiasts - but I believe his gift transcends golf courses.
It's not about Butch, it's about his father, his "pearls" of wisdom. Very insightful history of those professionals I never knew much about. Butch also shares his first-hand experience with Tiger and others.
Come on Butch....you need to take the time to narrate your own book. Not cool. Butler did an OK job but really....Your Dad would have narrate his book....why leave us short on this?
Good book for the golfing fan. Learned a lot about a golf era and players from that era that I ,as a relative new golf fan, did not know about. I was not a big fan of Butch Harmon before listening to the book (not sure why) but I am now.
Worth listening to just to hear Claude's Pearls.
Chats with Hogan.
Made me think long and hard about my own actions on the golf course.
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