On Par: The Everyday Golfer's Survival Guide

By Bill Pennington

“No you could thoroughly hide the sport of golfing like invoice Pennington and no publication can comprehensively inform the tale of the game with an analogous wit, knowledge and data like On Par. "—Jim Nantz, CBS Sports

Bill Pennington, the voice of the typical golfer, has traveled the globe in seek of golf’s essentials—those easy rules, these final truths (and, who're we kidding, any trick or fast repair he can decide up alongside the best way) that would increase anyone’s online game. He has consulted elite golfing teachers in addition to numerous caddies, groundskeepers, parking lot attendants, and bartenders. He has performed rounds with Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, and Justin Timberlake. He has spoken with psychiatrists, economists, and Zen masters. On a very undesirable day out, he even discoursed at the fickleness of golfing with a smart raccoon.

In On Par, Pennington distills this knowledge in an insightful advisor to the sport. From apparatus to the language of golfing, from camaraderie to the short-game/long-game debate, Pennington informs and entertains readers as he will get to the essence of the sport, together with that Holy Grail, the outlet in a single. half guideline, half remedy, and shot via with Pennington’s trademark wit and humor, this can be a booklet for everybody who has felt the game’s specified pull—and slice.

“A extraordinary advisor . . . As all golfers comprehend, the game is ready extra than having the ability to hit an outstanding shot and this booklet takes you thru the trip, arming you with every little thing you want to know.”—Annika Sorenstam

“If you're keen on golfing, you’ll like [this publication] . . . On Par blends sensible suggestion for rookies . . . golfing historical past . . . minutiae . . . and Pennington’s enjoyable dispatches from out at the course.”—NPR’s Only a Game

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I pulled a few strings and received assigned to Sorenstam’s workforce. “Don’t drop that on my foot,” she stated at the first tee. it should have all been very humorous had I no longer needed to sneeze moments later as Sorenstam stood over the ball, on the brink of hit her first shot. I slightly suppressed it, sneezing simply after she struck the ball. “Bless you,” she stated, and marched after her ball. My schooling was once simply starting. I discovered much being a number of ft from seasoned golfers enjoying for lots extra money than so much people ever do. First, their outings are not anything just like the foursomes we play with. for instance, although they take loads of time to line up putts and every has pre-shot exercises, they play much speedier than us simply because they hit a ways fewer photographs. It was once additionally outstanding how well mannered, serene, and quiet the sport was once within the shut corporation of most sensible avid gamers. From 50 yards away and at the back of the ropes, the spectators had little inkling that the avid gamers have been speaking softly in the course of the golf green, the place they often have been. What the enthusiasts overlooked have been the main carefree conversations approximately not anything: the elements, sun shades, the force to the path, a brand new pair of trainers. They laughed yet hardly grimaced at a bad shot. i realized that a few social graces move whatever the surroundings. whilst one in all Sorenstam’s enjoying companions, the hot Jersey–bred professional Diana D’Alessio, visited the restroom subsequent to at least one tee, Sorenstam waited for her. It used to be as though they have been having dinner at a restaurant and Sorenstam didn’t wish D’Alessio to trudge 250 yards via herself to meet up with the gang. i couldn't think that occuring in my commonplace foursome. Or the PGA travel for that subject. the pro males are way more self-absorbed. And a piece extra cutthroat. As Arnold Palmer acknowledged, “I by no means rooted opposed to an opponent yet I by no means rooted for him both. ” So the LPGA gamers have been extra communal if nonetheless very severe— jogging speedy and sweating—and the import of the complaints used to be eternally obvious. After each one golfer neglected a quick putt on one of many final holes, Sorenstam and her taking part in companions all regarded perturbed. on the subsequent tee, they have been pressured to attend for the crowd sooner than them to transparent the green. at the cramped tee field, a whole 5 mins handed without one—not the caddies, no longer the avid gamers, no longer the volunteers—saying a notice. Spectators peered again up the green on the staff, looking ahead to the photographs. at the tee, all you may listen have been crickets, the babble of a close-by brook, and a far away teach horn. Sorenstam didn't play fairly good that day, and whilst I went to discover her later on, she used to be at the perform eco-friendly, rolling in 6-foot putts. She had 3 balls at her toes, and while she stuffed the opening with them, her caddie might pull them out and roll them again to her. I knew to not interrupt her perform. i made a decision to attend. I gave up after fifty mins. Tom Sorenstam’s daughter used to be nonetheless no longer slicing any corners. a couple of months later, we have been taking pictures one other video on easy methods to chip successfully from simply off the fairway, approximately 30 yards from the opening with not anything however the green’s collar and a bit swale in our approach.

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