On Par

On Par

The Everyday Golfer's Survival Guide

Book - 2012
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Inspired by his New York Times weekly column "On Par," Bill Pennington has created a delightful compendium of all things golf that no golfer—whether a weekend duffer or a PGA pro—can afford to miss. Part instruction, part education, part hilarity,On Par is the go-to guide for the 21st-century golfer.


Bill Pennington, author of the beloved and widely read “On Par” golf column for theNew York Times, knows how to interpret the experts and pros for the rest of us. For years, he has traveled the globe in search of golf’s essentials—those basic principles, those elusive truths (and who are we kidding, any trick or quick fix he can pick up along the way) that will improve anyone’s game. He has consulted the world’s leading golf instructors as well as countless caddies, groundskeepers, parking lot attendants, and bartenders. He has played rounds with Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, and Justin Timberlake. He has sought the advice of psychiatrists, physicists, economists, zen masters. And on a particularly bad golf outing, he has even discussed the fickleness of golf with a quite helpful raccoon.

On Par captures it all: From equipment and instruction, to the rules and language of golf, to camaraderie and psychology, to the short game/long game debate, Pennington informs and entertains as he gets to the essence of this mercurial game, including golf’s holy grail, the hole in one.

Part instruction, part education, part therapy, and shot through with Pennington’s trademark wit, this is a book for everyone who has ever felt the game’s distinct pull—and slice.



Baker & Taylor
A resource for everyday golfers draws on the author's consultations with instructors, players, caddies, psychiatrists, economists, and Zen masters to share lighthearted, therapeutic advice on essential game skills.

Baker
& Taylor

An accessible resource for everyday golfers draws on the author's consultations with elite instructors and players as well as a range of eclectic advisors from caddies and psychiatrists to economists and Zen masters to share lighthearted, therapeutic advice on essential game skills.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547548449
0547548443
Branch Call Number: 796.352 P384o
Characteristics: 300 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Feb 06, 2013

Pennington tends to ramble on a bit -- maybe recycling some of his NYT columns -- but this book offers plenty of good advice for everyday golfers. Walk instead of ride, carry only the clubs you can actually hit, warm up properly before playing, improve your scores by learning to keep the ball in play off the tee, leave your cell phone in the car, and much more. It's sad that so few of the golfers who actually need this advice will read his book.

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