Hit and Hope: How the Rest of Us Play Golf

By David Owen
Read by Barrett Whitener

4.63 Hours 06/01/2003 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780786190850

David Owen takes a delightfully irreverent look at the game of golf and all the absurd behavior it inspires. He plays a game with which we are all familiar—he takes mulligans off the first tee, practices intermittently at best, marks his ball on the green with his lucky coin, until the luck wears out, and struggles for consistency even though his swing is consistently mediocre. He bets, he wins, he loses, he agonizes, he dreams. Through the essays in this book, most of which appeared in Golf Digest in a slightly different form, Owen takes the mundane aspects of the game, and how we approach it, and stands them on their head, turns them inside out, and lays our follies bare for all the world to see. He also finds humor and nobility in our essential silliness, as expressed in our pursuit of a little white ball over a vast—but not vast enough to contain our slices—greensward.

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Summary

Summary

David Owen takes a delightfully irreverent look at the game of golf and all the absurd behavior it inspires. He plays a game with which we are all familiar—he takes mulligans off the first tee, practices intermittently at best, marks his ball on the green with his lucky coin, until the luck wears out, and struggles for consistency even though his swing is consistently mediocre. He bets, he wins, he loses, he agonizes, he dreams.

Through the essays in this book, most of which appeared in Golf Digest in a slightly different form, Owen takes the mundane aspects of the game, and how we approach it, and stands them on their head, turns them inside out, and lays our follies bare for all the world to see. He also finds humor and nobility in our essential silliness, as expressed in our pursuit of a little white ball over a vast—but not vast enough to contain our slices—greensward.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mr. Owen’s style might be best described as part John Updike and part Johnny Miller.” Newsweek
“Just call David Owen the Dave Barry of Golf.” New Orleans Times-Picayune
“David Owen’s droll asides are as memorable as a chip-in birdie.” People
“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.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: David Owen

David Owen is a staff writer for the New Yorker and a contributing editor to Golf Digest. He is the author of several books, including The First National Bank of Dad, The Chosen One, My Usual Game, and The Making of the Masters. He and his family live in Northwest Connecticut.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 4.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English