Being the Ball is a Self-Help book for golf fanatics who wouldn’t touch Deepak Chopra with a 10-foot ball retriever.
The critics from the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, and Golf Southwest Magazine agree: “This self-help golf satire of barely more than 100 pages is an easy, fun read for anyone addicted to the game.” —Larry Stewart - Los Angeles Times, “Hot Corner” book review. Imagine yourself standing over a four-skin birdie, net-eagle putt, much to the chagrin of your best cutthroat golf-buddies. Can you find the inspiration to sink that carryover winner? And can you find the Golf-Awareness to embrace your every outcome: from a 1-putt birdie, thus converting 3 buddies' losses into 19th Hole victory beers -- All the way down to wholeheartedly toasting your 3 rival’s largesse, with your losses, after your angry, putter tossing, 3-putt double-bogey? Being the Ball is a 19-hole golf round of the imagination that will lower your score without a single useless swing tip, by demystifying golf’s idiotic goals with Caddyshack idealism, while unexpectedly escorting you to that contented state of Golf-Awareness. Each chapter on The Outward-9 (Holes 1-9) tees-up on-the-ball wit and wisdom found within the 8 sophomoric golf sins: Anger & the Art of Club-Tossing, Avarice & the Bets Morons make, Sloth & the Truth About Sandbagging, Envy & the Quest for Unobtanium, Pride & Prejudice of Worthless Swing Thoughts, Lust & Intense Golf Desires, Gluttony & the Universal Existence of Ron, and Wrath & The 6 Golf Gods who have you by the short hairs and can make you cry uncle with the slightest tug. Then, on the final hole of the Outward-9 your best friend and closest advisor is exposed as your enemy and you are prepped for war in the epic battle against; your own Ego-mind. Each chapter on The Inward-9 (Holes 10-19) imparts a practical adaptation of a mystical 6th sense to control, your out of control Ego-mind. Then, each 6th sense like Present Moment, Detachment, Tolerance, Kindness, Forgiveness, Giving, Illusion versus Reality, while Being Captain of your Own Ship, is severely tested living each lesson in a buddy-round of the imagination,” where your career best Outward-9 score devolves into an unmitigated disaster. Some of this anger infused, penthouse to outhouse round is your fault, but the rest is caused by hilarious bad luck, and cruel practical jokes from your three idiot-buddy playing partners. After each disastrous event, a supernatural cartoon checklist focuses your Inner Attention to identify your ego’s self-deception, balance your inner selves, overcome disaster(s), and realize the power of Present Moment, to accept that you can’t travel back in time, so you must mount a Phoenix comeback and rise above this disaster mid-round. Or triple bogey out and get drunk with free beers in the 19th hole. Being the Ball's juxtaposition of conjuring old-world, mystical powers, to win beer money from your loutish pals, with varying degrees of painful failure, will pave the way to a skeptic-friendly, 19th Hole on-ramp to the metaphysical superhighway. When the golfer is ready, a teacher will appear, to train the healing art of accepting golf’s inevitable disasters: Because golf is a working paradigm to practice the acceptance of life’s important off-course disasters, where all the same rules apply. These putter-in-cheek lessons of anger-control use over 30 illustrations that utilize the capabilities of all Kindle readers, especially the new Kindle Fire HDX. Being the Ball will also be available for audiobook download at Audible.com in time for Christmas 2014. “I would recommend Being the Ball to anyone who has come to the conclusion that golf is as tough a game as there is to master—we might as well laugh at our shortcomings . . . and that there is never a bad round of golf. I may make it required reading for anyone who wants to share a round with me. —Matt Ambroziak - Golf Southwest Magazine Book of the