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Good Front 9...Rough Back 9
on September 21, 2011
I found the first part of this book to be much like what most of the other readers have said: It is an entertaining story about the author's encounter with Shivas Irons.
The second part of this book: Let me put it like this: There is a series of commercials airing...I don't recall what product they are advertising. In the commercials, the same three guys are standing around a barbeque grill in someone's backyard. It appears they are having some sort of football tailgate party. One of the three guys is trying to explain how grilling is related to football on some higher plane. For instance, in one commercial, he says that the lines on the grill represent the yard lines on a football field. In another, he states that they are "huddling" around the grill much like football players huddle before a play. Also, he mentions that the top to the grill is like a retractable dome on a football stadium. Well, the second half of Golf in the Kingdom is like these commercials. The author is trying to relate golf, the ball, the hole, etc. to some type of spiritual existence. Personally, I don't get it...and I've been playing golf for decades and am a practicing Buddhist. What I will admit is that how someone carries himself on the golf course is a good reflection of how he carries himself in real life (follows rules or cheats, fixes ball marks or ignores them, throws a tantrum or remains calm). However, I don't see the golf ball as some intergalactic satellite and myself as God controlling it.