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

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
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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.

 

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I have never in my life played a day of golf, but through his witty prose and undeniable self-efacement, Tom Coyne manages to draw the reader in so that we not only care about his PGA handicap and his ... Read full review

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

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This is Coyne's (A Gentleman's Game ) diary of his yearlong quest to become a professional golfer. InThe Old Man and the Tee , Turk Pipkin documented a similar journey, the notable difference being ... Read full review

Contents

 
PART ONE
May 2003 Drexel Hill Pennsylvania
October 3 2003 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
October 5 2003 Bonita Springs Florida
PART TWO
October 21 2003 Coral Springs Florida
October 25 2003 Naples Florida
April 13 2004 Championsgate Florida
May 17 2004 Harrisburg Pennsylvania
June 14 2004 Scranton Pennsylvania
June 21 2004 Championsgate Florida
July 19 2004 West Chester Pennsylvania
PART FOUR
September 20 2004 Ontario Canada
October 1 2004 Media Pennsylvania

November 19 2003 Naples Florida
Thanksgiving 2003 Bonita Springs Florida
December 5 2003 Dr Jim Sutties Golf Academy Naples Florida
Christmas 2003 The Hideout Naples
January 5 2004 Fort Lauderdale Florida
February 27 2004 Bonita Springs Florida
PART THREE
March 14 2004 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
October 12 2004 Fort Lauderdale Florida
December 3 2004 Melbourne Australia
December 9 2004 Cranbourne Australia
 
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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.

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