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The Secret of Golf: The Story of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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Praise for The Secret of Golf and Joe Posnanski
“Posnanski demonstrates the ups and down of life and sport to create a work that will resonate with avid golfers and sports fans alike.”
“Joe Posnanski is a hall of fame writer and this is a must for anyone who cares about either one of these guys or just golf.”
—Gary Williams of Golf Channel
“An honest look at how two legends came to golf, rose to dominate it and, at the same time, didn't lose their dignity or soul to the game and ultimately elevated friendship to the highest level.”
“Posnanski is an outstanding journalist, arguably the best pure long-form sportswriter in the land.”
“Joe Posnanski is a terrific writer.”
“One of the best sportswriters in America.”
About the Author
Joe Posnanski is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Paterno. He is a national columnist for NBC Sports and was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated from 2009 to 2012. In 2012, he was named National Sportswriter of the Year by the Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. Before joining SI, he was a columnist for the Kansas City Star for fifteen years, and was twice named the best sports columnist in America by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He is the author of four books and has been anthologized widely. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his family.
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The best parts of the book were the personalities of Charlie Nicholas (Jack’s Father) and Ray Watson (Tom’s Father), which I have not seen in any other books. It focuses on the how they each raised these soon to be professionals and interestingly that both fathers were indifferent but supportive about their son’s decision to turn pro.
Also the book answered some very fascinating questions: Why Jack fired Angelo Argea; Tom’s college golf record at Stanford, from 1968-1971 was average; how alcohol played a part in Jack and Tom’s life, some of it comical; Tom’s political and social views i.e., on the Vietnam War and his stance anti-Semitism; why the style of the late CBS golf producer Frank Chirkinian was great (hint hint Fox1 sports!!!); and the commentary of other PGA touring professionals on their greatness.
Lastly all through the book covers problems of the golf swing with all the terminology from all the great players and teachers, and interjects them with peaks and valleys in Jack’s and Tom’s swing over their years (Tom mostly).
Ironically it’s 40 years since the 1977 “duel in the sun” at Turnberry. I wouldn’t be surprised if the author is interviewed on Golf Channel in the coming weeks---well deserved!!
So in my mind, when anyone says "golf" I think "child abuse."
But I bought the book for my Father as a Father's Day present as Dad played golf for 70 years.
Then I read it and told him, "I'm almost embarrassed to say this, but I read, "The Secret of Golf" and am finally getting interested in golf."
Dad answered, "People can get interested in anything if the story is well-told."
"The Secret of Golf" is a story well-told.
Thanks for writing it!
Have been to Scotland, played St. Andrews, Turnberry, and attended the 2014 Ryder Cup. Yes, I witnessed the events at the Ryder Cup. Another day goes by.
Tom Watson has and always will be one of my golf hero's. Book gave me more inside information on his preparation and mental attitude towards those majors. I would recommend this book to anyone.