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Driven: Teen Phenoms, Mad Parents, Swing Science and the Future of Golf Paperback – July 7, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In this excellent survey of golf's new generation, author and former Golf magazine editor-in-chief Cook (Tommy's Honor) takes a spirited look at the talented junior golfers of David Leadbetter's prestigious (and pricey) Bradenton, Fla. golf academy. Cook, with 25 years of experience writing about golfers, offers an insightful but broad-minded picture of young would-be golf stars, as well as their trainers and parents (some moms and dads prove more fascinating than the players). The psychology of a developing hot-shot is sliced and diced, buttressed by discussion of older golfers coached by Leadbetter. Though grueling schedules and meticulously targeted programs are de rigueur-before long, according to Leadbetter, "most of the best players will be, shall we say, factory-produced"-the heart of the book is the humanity and resilience of the kids meeting the challenge: "The smallest kernel of self-doubt turns the mind to popcorn under pressure." Taking up a number of diverse stories-including those of Michelle Wie, Isabelle Lendl, Ty Tryon, Sean O'Hair (and the inevitable comparisons: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Nick Price)-Cook weaves a riveting chronology, perfect reading for golfers, parents and sports fans of all stripes.
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"Stalag Leadbetter sounds like the golf-learning inferno these kids all need-to get away from their imperious parents. Driven is not a bedtime story, but it's a must read!"
-Gary McCord, PGA Tour pro, bestselling author, and CBS golf commentator
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This is an absolutely must read if you like golf. It gives you inside stories of professional golf, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, and a clear perspective of this sport that is often questioned if it is really a sport at all. The question is all wrong as the book puts it: are the other sports golf? This is no longer a game for old men, athleticism is a new must in golf, and there is a new generation coming that will leave no doubts about it.
But for me, with two young golfers in the family, this was a lesson on parenting and on what you want your kids to go through if you want them to pursuit the life of a professional golfer. Golf, as anything in life, is very demanding. Are you willing to put the effort in? Read this book and find the answers.
The author provides a venue which allows the reader to be introspective about the relationship they have w/ their junior golfer. Parents are profiled that range from the micro-managing, hard driving father to the parent who barely understands the game.
The author does a good job justifying and supporting his recipe for what it takes for a young person to become a great golfer.
The author went into great detail about David Leadbetter, his teaching philosphy and history - much of which was necessary to give the reader context and background. A significant portion of the book seemed to be an informercial for David Leadbetter and his commercial endeavors.
The book offers more insight into the lives of Ty Tryon, Michelle Wie, Sean O'Hair, and the next wave of top juniors moving on to professional golf like the Lendl sisters or Peter Uihlein. You will also be treated to Cook's theory on the path all tournament golfers should take in order to eliminate the mistakes that could derail their promising careers. To do this, "Driven" not only looks at junior golf, but also the careers of Eldrick Woods, Nick Faldo, and Nick Price.
Well researched, well organized, and well written, I think you'll enjoy "Driven".