9781592402991

Paper Tiger : An Obsessed Golfer's Quest to Play with the Pros

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  • ISBN13:

    9781592402991

  • ISBN10:

    1592402992

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-05-03
  • Publisher: Gotham
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Summary

Think country-club clinic meets Navy Seals training. I will pay any price, bear any burden, leave my home to follow the seasons, build my own swing studio in the basement, construct a practice green in my backyard. . . . Everything the big boys have access to, I want double.”Like most amateur golfers, Tom Coyne had often wondered whether the pros won because they were more talented or because they were more obsessed. Overweight and burdened by a 14 handicap, he decided to find out for himself what it takes to play like a pro.Charting his journey—which included hiring top golf gurus such as Dr. Jim Suttie—Paper Tigertakes readers from the Michelob tournament (a win for Tom) to the Australian Tour, where forty-mile-per-hour winds and a driving rain scare off his Japanese partners. With each chapter, he tracks his weight alongside his handicap, pursuing his dream with a reckless abandon that comes to involve hardcore diets, pricey technology, even psychologists. With echoes of Dead Solid Perfectand Who’s Your Caddy?Tom brings his uniquely edgy, deeply human perspective to a game that can simultaneously bring out the best and the worst in everyone who tries to master it.

Author Biography

TomCoyne-'s articles have appeared in Golf Magazine, and he is the author of the novel Gentleman-'s Game. He also coproduced and wrote the screenplay for the novel-'s film version, which starred Dylan Baker and Gary Sinise.

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