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Beyond The Fairway : Zen Lessons, Insights, and Inner Attitudes of Golf - Jeff Wallach

Beyond The Fairway

Zen Lessons, Insights, and Inner Attitudes of Golf

Paperback Published: 1st April 1995
ISBN: 9780553373332
Number Of Pages: 288

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Golf involves far more than hitting a perfect approach to the green. Every shot is an invitation to self-discovery, transcendence, and adventure. That is the theme behind Jeff Wallach's unique approach to a game that, as any true golfer knows, is much more than a game - it's an experience often bordering on the mystical. Beyond the Fairway explores the joys and subtle mysteries of golf and provides a whole new perspective on the game as it transports you through some of the world's most challenging, legendary, and downright strange courses to test yourself against their mental, physical, and spiritual hazards. From a venue hacked into the foothills of the Himalayas with a python loose on the first tee; to the annual Midnight Sun Tournament on the evening of the summer solstice in Fairbanks, Alaska; to the ancient home of golf in Scotland, where stone walls mark old property lines and sheep graze the fairways; to the Lakeview Challenge, the most sadistic par-three in the world, here is the rarely glimpsed wild side of golf. Here too is an irreverent insider's look at some of the game's most sacred rites and sites. Through it all, Wallach weaves the metaphysical lessons that golf teaches about life, friendship, competition, and even the fragile bond between fathers and sons. Beyond the Fairway is not about reducing your handicap or improving your swing (though it may do both), but about enjoying every stroke of the journey on the way to the pin.

Introduction: Beyond the Fairwayp. ix
Zen Perspectives from the Fairway: Old Doglegs, New Tricks
Well-Connected Golfing in Scotlandp. 3
Samurai Golf Schoolp. 21
Under the Covers: An Intimate Look at the Secret Life of Golf Ballsp. 38
On the Fringe: Transcendence and Visualization
Artless Art, the Great Doctrine, and the Toughest Par-Three Course in the Worldp. 59
Golfing the Heart of Darknessp. 76
Because the Nightp. 96
A Winter's (Golf) Talep. 108
Golfing to Extremesp. 124
Into the Rough: Students, Masters, and Other Zen Golf Individualists
Fathers and Sonsp. 145
Not-Golfingp. 158
Far East Meets Wild Westp. 169
The Mastersp. 183
Golf in the Empire (State)p. 200
East of Beyond: Enlightenment at the Game's Unmanicured Outer Limits
Thai Scorep. 219
Pilgrim's Progress: Golfing Nepalp. 234
High Placesp. 248
Acknowledgmentsp. 258
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ISBN: 9780553373332
ISBN-10: 0553373331
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 12.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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