George Plimpton chronicles his month spent on the PGA tour in THE BOGEY MAN, now repackaged and including a foreword by Rick Reilly and never-before-seen content from the Plimpton Archives.
What happens when a weekend athlete--of average skill at best--joins the professional golf circuit? George Plimpton, one of the finest participatory sports journalists, spent a month of self-imposed torture on the tour to find out. Along the way, he meets amateurs, pros, caddies, officials, fans, and hangers-on. In THE BOGEY MAN, we find golf legends, adventurers, stroke-saving theories, superstitions, and other golfing lore, and best of all, Plimpton's thoughts and experiences--frustrating, humbling and, sometimes, thrilling--from the first tee to the last green.
This intriguing classic, which remains one of the wittiest books ever written on golf, features Arnold Palmer, Dow Finsterwald, Walter Hagan, and many other golf greats and eccentrics, all doing what they do best.
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The book reinforces the pain and anguish of having to play with some one like Plimpton. By his written description of his own golf, Plimpton certainly does have an 18 handicap. I doubt he would be a 36 handicap. I have friends with real handicaps in the 30s and I enjoy playing with them. They have high handicaps because they’re old and don’t have distance. But anyone who has trouble striking the ball squarely -toes it, or heels it, or shanks it - should find something else to do. He just gives Amateurs a bad name. The stories of other players, of wagering, of con artists, were entertaining. It’s just painful to read about his physical inability to strike the ball.