- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (May 14, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385536356
- ISBN-13: 978-0385536356
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,338,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walking with Jack: A Father's Journey to Become His Son's Caddie Hardcover – May 14, 2013
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It’s usually the son who does most of the coming-of-age in a father-son story, but in this unusual but affecting memoir, it’s the father. Snyder bonded with his son, Jack, on the golf course, which prompted a dream. Jack would become a pro golfer, and Snyder would caddie for him. To learn the caddying ropes, Snyder embarks for Scotland on a subsistence budget. There he spends the summer toting golf bags from dawn to dusk. Jack isn’t quite as committed, getting thrown off his college golf team. Years later, Snyder returns to Scotland for another summer of caddying, this time at St. Andrews, hopeful that his commitment to the dream will encourage Jack to try his hand on one of golf’s minitours. It happens, with Dad on the bag, but Jack eventually realizes that what he wants is a real life off the course. This memoir breaks down into two parts, Snyder’s experiences as a caddie—full of vivid detail but colored a bit too much by sentimentality— and his arduous journey to the realization that his son’s life is his own. Rarely has the death of a dream felt so liberating. --Bill Ott
“There is something sacred and magical that passes between father and son on the golf course, especially if that transmission takes place over time and distance, on good days and those best forgotten. Bringing a son to the poetry of the game–with its growing pains and stubborn values–is a tricky enterprise few fathers manage to accomplish without lasting wounds. Veteran writer Don Snyder and his son Jack make this intimate coming-of-age journey for both father and son one to cherish. Go walking with Jack and his old man and you'll find your own life, and love of the game, immeasurably enriched.”
James Dodson, author of Final Rounds
"Every father hopes he will someday find a way to truly bond with a son. Many of us do it through sports--whether it is playing catch in the backyard, glorying in the successes and wallowing in the failures of a favorite team together or finding a way to compete with one another at some level of a chosen game. Don Snyder found his bond with his son through golf, and he lovingly describes that bond and their relationship and shared love of a sport through Walking with Jack."
John Feinstein, author of A Good Walk Spoiled
"I don't know if you're going to play better golf after reading Walking with Jack—and there's a good chance you will—but I do know that you're going to want to call your son at the end, wherever he may be, just to say hello. Just because you can. You're also going to see more things, think more thoughts, and have a richer experience when you walk those next 18 holes. This is a terrific book, destined for that small shelf of great golf writing."
Leigh Montville, author of Ted Williams and The Big Bam