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Golf's Three Noble Truths: The Fine Art of Playing Awake Hardcover – March 23, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; First Edition edition (March 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315803
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ragonnet . . . allows golf and life to illuminate each other with humor and zest. Highly recommended. -- From Library Journal

From the Back Cover

"If you play golf, you have to read this book. It will make you a better golfer, whether it improves your score or not. It will help you understand the game better than you ever have before."
-- Mike Greenberg, cohost of ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning

"James Ragonnet's book will rouse you from your golfing slumber and awaken your golfing potential. This book is fun to read, as well as thought-provoking."
-- J. Michael Veron, author of The Greatest Player Who Never Lived

"A new voice for an ancient game. Ragonnet's insight opens doors and breaks down barriers. The lessons he teaches produce not only better golfers but better people, too."
-- Bo Links, author of Follow the Wind and Riverbank Tweed and Roadmap Jenkins: Tales from the Caddie Yard

"This book has wisdom that will help both your game and your life. What more could you ask for?"
-- from the afterword by Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

"I really enjoyed this book. It forced me to really think about why I play the game, and how I play it. Particularly at a time when I was getting very caught up in swing theory and technical stuff, I found it very helpful. I'm a professional playing mini tour events in the UK. At this level results are everything and it is all too easy to let your focus on the score suck all the enjoyment out of the game. This book helped me regain my perspective and get back to playing the game for the right reasons. I like the fact that it is a collection of thoughts that I can dip in and out of, consider and come back to. I would recommend this book to anyone who plays the game. It will not only help you become a better player, but understand yourself better off the course as well."
-- Sam Jarman, British professional golfer

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This book will change ones' life as well as change their golf game.
Frank A. Wolcott
Golf's Three Noble Truths is a collection of carefully crafted brief essays that show a strong influence of the teachings of the Buddha.
David R. Carlson
If you are an avid golfer, I am confident that this book will improve your game.
Martin Dobrow

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank A. Wolcott on July 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I recently read Dr. James Ragonnet's new book THE THREE NOBLE TRUTH'S OF GOLF and thoroughly enjoyed it. Since retiring eleven years ago and taking up golf, I have read what seems like hundreds of books, on the topic of how to play golf, but this book in my opinion, is the ultimate golf book. It has changed my life as well as my golf game. I have bought two books for myself, one for reference and one to share with my friends. After reading it themselves, they in turn have purchased two to do the same thing. All have remarked saying that it is their first choice for holiday or birthday giving.

This book will change ones' life as well as change their golf game. On a basis of one to five, with five being perfect, I give this "noble" work a perfect five rating. I am now living and playing golf awake.

Frank A. Wolcott
Professor Emeriti, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
NCAA Men's Gymnastic Coach of the Year, Division II 1977
President, National Association of Collegiate Gymnastic Coaches 1976-1979
Member, United States Gymnastic Hall of Fame 1976
Three time (1964,1968,1972)member, United States Gymnastic Olympic Committee
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin Dobrow on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are an avid golfer, I am confident that this book will improve your game. For better, for worse, I am not.

If you are an avid person, this book will improve your life. It is filled with humor and insight that encourages the reader to be more fully alive. Ragonnet possesses a savage wit and a deep heart. It is the human equivalent of someone who can smack 300-yard drives down the center of the fairway and also coolly sink pressure putts on 18. He might not be Tiger, but his book is burning bright.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JD on May 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I don't know much about golf...I know even less about the teachings of the Buddha...but I DO know that I thoroughly enjoyed the wisdom and humor Ragonnet offers in Golf's Three Noble Truths! Treat yourself to a well crafted, concise set of stories.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David R. Carlson on May 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Golf's Three Noble Truths is a collection of carefully crafted brief essays that show a strong influence of the teachings of the Buddha. In many of the essays Ragonnet presents disarmingly simple parables that reveal a depth of understanding of the human psyche. Best of all he makes these insights readily available to all of his readers.

The brevity of these essays is a very desirable feature. It is a book that should be sipped and enjoyed like a fine wine, not guzzled like a mug of beer.

While your golf may not be any better from having read this book, your golfing will be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LB on June 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Offers the serious golfer a deep insight into the mystique of golf (and life). I don't pretend to say that it was only Mr Ragonnets merit, but in a competition the other day amongst 50 elderly gentlemen - with his thoughts in mind - I finished second and I have seldom or never played so well. (His book is so good that I hesitate to recommend it to my fellow competitors)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Krajicek on May 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book. For golfers with even the slightest of philosophical bents, this is a must read. If your bookshelves contain books like Michael Murphy's Golf in the Kingdom, Timothy Gallwey's The Inner Game of Golf, Fred Shoemaker's Extraordinary Golf, and Joseph Parent's Zen Golf, then Golf's Three Noble Truths: The Fine Art of Playing Awake should be on your bookshelf as well.

I'm finding so much in it that I've almost discovered before... it reads, in that sense, a little like memory. We golfers need more books like this! How can it be that with instruction book after instruction book after instruction book, we don't seem to be getting better at this game? How can it be that the average handicap stays about the same, regardless of technological improvements, countless rounds, golf pro lessons, and bookshelves full of "tips" books dissecting the swing? What is missing?

Ragonnet has an intriguing answer. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, primarily Buddhism, Ragonnet suggests that we golfers are simply not awake to what is really happening right now, right here, before our very eyes. Rather, we are trapped in the "monkey mind." Endless internal chatter about previous shots, what we might shoot today, technical swing thoughts, doubts, fears, anxiety, etc., etc., ad infinitum. No wonder we're not improving!

Ragonnet offers wise words on how we can stop the chatter and return to the moment. He encourages us to appreciate the wonder of everyday existence... the wind through the trees, the shadows on the greens, the wondrous flight of the ball, the butterfly that lands on your golf shoe. But be not deceived... this is no hokey New Agey gimmick schtick. James Ragonnet is heavy duty scholar, thinker, and engaging writer. I dare say he is a real life Shivas Irons. This is a book that can improve not only your golf game... but your life as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Walter C. Kelley on April 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
James Ragonnet's book "Golf's Three Noble Truths-The Fine Art of Playing Awake, enables me to be myself, stay in the moment and to enjoy golf and all the wonderful things that if offers. Additionally, approaching golf by calmly abiding with the The Three Noble Truths and their related benefits, your game does improve. I'm going a step further and applying this philosphy in other parts of my life. I do believe I might just get to be a better person. Both golf and my life have moved up a few pegs. My thanks to Mr Ragonnet for this wonderful book. A job well done.

Walter Kelley
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