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Paper Tiger : An Obsessed Golfer's Quest to Play with the Pros - Tom Coyne

Paper Tiger

An Obsessed Golfer's Quest to Play with the Pros

By: Tom Coyne

Paperback Published: 3rd May 2007
ISBN: 9781592402991
Number Of Pages: 328
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Think country-club clinic meets Navy Seals training. I will pay any price, bear any burden, leave my home to follow the seasons, build my own swing studio in the basement, construct a practice green in my backyard. . . . Everything the big boys have access to, I want double.

Like most amateur golfers, Tom Coyne had often wondered whether the pros won because they were more talented or because they were more obsessed. Overweight and burdened by a 14 handicap, he decided to find out for himself what it takes to play like a pro.

Charting his journey?which included hiring top golf gurus such as Dr. Jim Suttie?Paper Tiger takes readers from the Michelob tournament (a win for Tom) to the Australian Tour, where forty-mile-per-hour winds and a driving rain scare off his Japanese partners.

With each chapter, he tracks his weight alongside his handicap, pursuing his dream with a reckless abandon that comes to involve hardcore diets, pricey technology, even psychologists. With echoes of Dead Solid Perfect and Who's Your Caddy? Tom brings his uniquely edgy, deeply human perspective to a game that can simultaneously bring out the best and the worst in everyone who tries to master it.

About the Author

Tom Coyne is the author of the novel A Gentleman’s Game and cowriter of the screenplay for the novel’s film version, which starred Dylan Baker and Gary Sinise. He is a contributor to Golf Magazine and teaches creative writing at St. Joseph’s University.

Abreezy, poignant read. . . . Hilarious. ("Philadelphia Inquirer") Superb. . . . Coyne has a lot to say about golf, and he says it well. ("The Seattle Times") For anyone whos ever suffered the delusion they have enough game to go up against the professional killers who play golf for a living, heres the cold, hilarious truth. (Mark Frost, author of "The Greatest Game Ever Played" and "The Grand Slam") For anyone whoas ever suffered the delusion they have enough game to go up against the professional killers who play golf for a living, hereas the cold, hilarious truth. (Mark Frost, author of "The Greatest Game Ever Played" and "The Grand Slam") For anyone who's ever suffered the delusion they have enough game to go up against the professional killers who play golf for a living, here's the cold, hilarious truth. (Mark Frost, author of "The Greatest Game Ever Played" and "The Grand Slam") From his commitment to the curious cause to his single-minded focus, Coyne weaves an insightful and entertaining tale. . . .[H]is self-deprecating writing style and impeccable comedic timing make Paper Tiger a tale worth reading. ("Golfweek")

ISBN: 9781592402991
ISBN-10: 1592402992
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 3rd May 2007
Publisher: Gotham Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27