Owen, author of The Chosen One
(2001), perhaps the best of the early books about Tiger Woods, gathers a selection of his columns from Golf Digest
, most of which portray the game as it is played by ordinary mortals. It isn't so much that he tells weekend golfers anything they don't already know about the frustrations of playing a difficult game poorly, but he manages to make it seem funny: "If you could trade I.Q. for driving distance, would you do it? Three hundred yards up the middle every time, and all you'd have to sacrifice would be hardcover books and your subscription to the ballet." What Owen wouldn't sacrifice--for either I.Q. or driving distance--is the camaraderie he enjoys with his pals at the club: outrageous forms of on-course gambling, snow golf, beers on the patio after the Sunday morning round. Golf is all about the special pleasure of shared suffering, and, amid the laughter, Owen drives that point home with all the force of one of Tiger's laser-powered two-irons. Bill OttCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"David Owen's droll asides are as memorable as a chip-in birdie."
--This text refers to the
Audio CD edition.