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Embedded Balls: Adventures On and Off the Tour with Golf's Premier Storyteller Hardcover – August 18, 2005

3.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Jacobsen has the deserved reputation of being professional golf's leading raconteur, and his second book (following 1993's Buried Lies) only reaffirms that distinction. Don't expect much in the way of structure here. The largely transitionless string of anecdotes has a -cocktail-hour feel to it (much like Jacobsen's Golf Channel television show), but that only adds to the sense of casual informality that fans admire in Jake's style on and off the course (and that stands in stark contrast to the stone-faced concentration of so many PGA competitors). Along with the expected low humor (emergency trips to the Porta-Potti), Jacobsen also provides detailed accounts of his inspirational victories in the Hartford Open at age 50 and in the U.S. Senior Open following hip surgery. There's not much in the way of controversy here, except for the inside scoop on how Jacobsen loaned his caddy, Mike "Fluff" Cowan, to Tiger Woods only to have Tiger surreptitiously steal him away. Required reading for all golf fans who long for a glimpse of the humanity behind their heroes' furrowed brows. Bill Ott
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About the Author

Peter Jacobsen, winner of seven Tour events, was named the PGA's Comeback Player of the Year in 2003, at the age of forty-nine-and the next year promptly won the U.S. Senior Open, on a bad hip, no less. He is partners in Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design, hosts two television shows on The Golf Channel, and his Peter Jacobsen Productions stages events around the country.  

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (August 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399153160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399153167
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,307,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carl E. Johnson Jr. on October 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There's nothing really bad about this slim book, but the writing is bland and cliches abound. I found the book neither enlightening nor funny. I'm a big golf fan and like Peter Jacobsen as a player. I always like to see him win or do well. I think that the problem with the book is that Peter is simply too nice a guy, at least in print (and that does not mean to imply he is not otherwise a nice guy, too), to be very interesting.
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Format: Hardcover
This is at least one book too many for Peter. Most of the stories are old and too many involve farts. If you find this funny, your sense of humor has not developed since the second grade. The book is full of errors. Peter tells how Riviera is one of his favorite courses and then tells about his hole-in-one on the 15th hole. Sorry, Peter but the 15th hole is a par four. You made your ace on the 14th hole. It is evident that Peter not only did not write the book, he didn't even read it.
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Format: Hardcover
Peter Jacobsen returns from a decade-plus absence with a book that is better than his first effort - and that's saying something. "Embedded Balls" includes a look at what is wrong with the Tour today and how to fix it. Along the way, you will laugh out loud and get an insiders look at many characters on the Tour.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Poorly written and lacking of any real insight. The jokes are of a grammer school level and the stories drome on forever. Way too self serving for my taste. Overall the book reads like a geek trying to prove he is one of the cool kids. Save you money on this baby.
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