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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1 edition (May 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586485784
  • ASIN: B002UXS16K
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,578,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adult/High School—Who will be the next Tiger Woods? Echikson profiles the lives of many promising teenage golfers. The behind-the-scenes look at these young people, with their dedicated instructors, overzealous parents, and elite golf academies, provides a glimpse into the psyche of each of the players. To be a part of this select group, many parents are either wealthy or put second mortgages on their homes to provide their son or daughter with the chance of being named Player of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association, becoming a professional golfer, or at the very least earning an athletic college scholarship. Besides time and sacrifice, parents spend tens of thousands of dollars on tournament fees, golf academies, travel, and the latest equipment. Echikson also compares the American junior golf program with those of other countries. Most notably, Sweden has taken the sport as a family event. With the AJGA's approval, the author examines the strategies and determination of many of the finest junior golfers at various tournaments. This excellent book will appeal to golfers, sports enthusiasts, and teenagers who enjoyed H. G. Bissinger's Friday Night Lights (Da Capo, 2000), Larry Colton's Counting Coup (Grand Central, 2000), or Michael D'Orso's Eagle Blue (Bloomsbury, 2006).—Gregory Lum, Jesuit High School, Portland, OR
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Don Van Natta, Author of First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers, and Cheaters from Taft to Bush
"With hustle and style, William Echikson yanks back the curtain on the fascinating, stardom-obsessed world of American junior golf. Far from the spotlight -- and yet forever in pursuit of it -- these gifted young golfers, urged on by their parents, dedicate their childhoods chasing the seemingly impossible dream of becoming the next Tiger Woods. A landmark contribution to the game's literature, SHOOTING FOR TIGER reveals the dramatic impact these athletes have made on the game they love."

Bloomberg
“For years we have read about hockey parents and tennis parents. In Shooting for Tiger, we’re introduced to golf parents”.

School Library Journal
“Who will be the next Tiger Woods? Echikson profiles the lives of many promising teenage golfers. The behind-the-scenes look at these young people, with their dedicated instructors, overzealous parents, and elite golf academies, provides a glimpse into the psyche of each of the players. With the AJGA's approval, the author examines the strategies and determination of many of the finest junior golfers at various tournaments. This excellent book will appeal to golfers, sports enthusiasts, and teenagers who enjoyed H. G. Bissinger's Friday Night Lights , Larry Colton's Counting Coup or Michael D'Orso's Eagle Blue.”

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Kinchen on May 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
BOOK REVIEW: 'Shooting for Tiger': Tiger Mania Behind Ambitious, Hard-Driving Golf Parents

By David M. Kinchen

Mark Twain, who was from an era before golf carts, called golf "a good walk spoiled." For a long time -- B.T. (Before Tiger) -- it was the game of choice of white middle-aged males, famously satirized in the "Caddyshack" movies.

Tiger Woods changed everything, says William Echikson in "Shooting for Tiger: How Golf's Obsessed New Generation Is Transforming a Country Club Sport" (PublicAffairs, $24.95, 288 pages).

Golf is the new tennis, with ambitious parents, many of them from the ubiquitous and, in my opinion, all too often annoying baby boom generation, pushing their talented children into becoming the next Tiger. Echikson, a former staff correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Fortune and BusinessWeek, chronicles this latest obsession by following a season of the American Junior Golf Association's elite tournaments.

A tennis legend, Ivan Lendl, is one of the parents who is doing everything he can to turn his daughters Marika and Isabelle into female Tigers, Echikson writes. The specter facing these parents is golf phenom Michelle Wie, who skipped the junior tournaments and tried as a pre-teen to compete against experienced women players in the LPGA.

"By the time she was eighteen, Wie was damaged physically and mentally," the author writes. Her experience convinced AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin of the necessity for age limits: "You just can't skip the stages of development."

There's an ethnic element involved that could be construed by P.C. types as racism: Many of the hard-charging parents are Asian, especially Korean.
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This was a good little read. Just like baseball, basketball, football, etc., golf has a very competitive landscape to it for young people. I didn't read anything that necessarily surprised me, but it was a nice documentary style book about junior golfers.
The book did however have me shaking my head at some of the blatant typos. I'm not used to reading a book with errors in it. Paula Creamer's name is spelled "Craemer" for the first 50 pages and then suddenly switches to the correct spelling. Strange.
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By Dale on May 7, 2012
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It has been almost 40 years since I played junior golf. The book was very eye opening to how intense junior golf has become. The book was a very enjoyable read that I have passed on to a PGA teaching pro friend that I played junior golf with. I'm sure he'll enjoy it as much as I did. Great read.
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