☆ The Bogey Man: A Month on the PGA Tour º Download by ☆ George Plimpton This book deals with the psychology of golf, especially the ways a struggling player thinks about the challenges of the game I am a new, struggling player, and so Plimpton s description of the golfer s body as a monstrous, manned colossus poised high over the golf ball and his mind filled with an unsteady group of Japanese navymen speaks to me.
Plimpton, editor of the tony Paris Review, brought the New Journalism of Didion and Gay Talese into the world of sports His story of a month on the PGA tour is mainly a story of his own mind fitting, since in what sport is one wrapped up in one s own thoughts and demons than in golf He tells us very little about the sport per se his climactic interview with Arnold Palmer is a study in what not to ask an athlete but volumes about the mental texture of whacking the ball around the course.
While not as interesting as the other two Plimpton books I ve read, The Bogey Man was another humorous adventure for the professional amateur as he takes on the world of the pro am and, by extension, that of the professional golfer He seemed to delve less deeply into the world of big stars of golf, although amusing sidebars about golf writing and a fanciful short story add color and liveliness to this book.
Plimpton Will Interest Even The Man Who Can T Tell A Pitching Wedge From A Putter This Is Really A Book About A Kind Of Madness With Rules, And Anyone Can Appreciate The Appeal Of That Newsweek THE BOGEY MAN Remains Arguably The Funniest Book On Golf Ever WrittenGeorge Plimpton Here Joins The Pro Golf Circuit For A Month Of Self Imposed Torture In The Name Of Bringing Professional Sport To The Sphere Of The Average Man Arnold Palmer, Dow Finsterwald, Wlater Hagan, And Others Populate This Intriguing, Classic, Candid View From The First Tee 50 years later after the events, this was an interesting read Plimpton s confessions of his bookish approach to the history of golf added some fun comments However, It felt a little behind the leading edge in his treatment of the caddy pros, mostly black men He wanted to portray them colorfully, and he did, but one still felt the superiority his background created in his mind I really had trouble with that, and, as a participant in those times in the Civil Rights movement, I would have felt that way even back then So that part was hard reading for me, and he let me down there.
The story of the left behind golfer, tho, was hilarious It is worth reading for insights into those big name golfers who dominated the game in the 1970s.
Fun, but dragged towards the end a bit for me.
Plimpton had a self deprecating style that is endearing, however in this book its painful, quite honestly But his brief encounters with the greats of the game are worth the read Palmer, Nicklaus and others in their prime almost 50 years ago Plimpton had a world of courage to do all the sports exploits he attempted, and this was perhaps his most vulnerable project.
Great writer, funny stories about golf and famous golfers, very entertaining
This is one of my favorite sports books of all time Plimpton is an exceptional writer.
This is, at least, the fifth best golf book I ve ever read Fantastic writing.