Many have written lyrically about the wonders of golf in Scotland and its inherent magic, which is the focus of the second half of Michael Bamberger's lovely ode to the game. But it's the book's first half that makes it as essential as a putter for anyone willing to go deeper into golf's heart. Here, Bamberger explores the eternal mystery of golf: "More than any other athlete, the professional golfer looks normal; his physical ordinariness is a ubiquitous reminder of our limitations. So what makes him so special?
" He searches for his answers the hard way: he lugs a golf bag around for a season as a caddie on the European tour. Even if the golfing grail he sought remains elusive, his narrative drives straight into the game's psyche through a colorful, witty, and poignant portrait of his months on the fairways with Peter Teravainen, the practicing Buddhist, Yale-graduate journeyman grinder whose bag he toted.
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From Publishers Weekly
This will appeal only to a special sort of golfer, one who shares the author's near-mystical view of the sport. A sportswriter for the Philadelphia Inquirer , Bamberger took a leave of absence in 1991 to caddy on the European tour and to seek the roots of golf. He caddied for the first portion of the year with fellow American Peter Teravainen, who was having his best season ever. Abandoning his caddying efforts Bamberger, with his wife, then went to Scotland, where he learned that linksland is the word for "the earth at the edge of the sea--tumbling, duney, sandy, covered by beach grasses"--and fell in love with the concept. In his play on the very challenging courses there, he came to terms with his golf game, which improved markedly, and, in a sense, with himself. The book has a certain bizarre interest.
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