Of course most golfers know of Bobby Jones; perhaps one of the greatest golfers of all time. He is famous for being the greatest professional golfer that never was; yet today’s discussion is not about his play, but about one of many quotes he is noted for over his brief tenure as the world’s greatest player. It should make you think about your game and wonder why one of golf’s greatest would be quoted on this topic so often; keep reading and see what I mean. Continue reading
Every player has a unique golf swing. It belongs to us and only us. It does not matter if we try to emulate Ben Hogan or Bobby Jones’ swing, our physical attributes ensure that when the club is in motion, it is one of a kind. Having said that, fixing ‘your golf swing’ is just as unique because any change must suited to your distinctive swing.
Yet, I ask you; when your golfing woes plague you (or at least you thing so) do you rush for a fix? Do you over think the possible challenges and grasp at any solution? If so, then I think it might be time for you to reevaluate your approach and take a deep calming breath. You solution is here! Continue reading
I enjoy reading! I find that if I pick up a good book, the time quickly slips away and before I know it, hours have passed. Really good books allow the reader to experience the challenges of the main characters and those are the books I enjoy reading the most. When I read some of these stories, I like to share it with the world. The Trials and Triumph’s of Golf’s Greatest Champions is one of those books!
Recently, I was approached to review Lyle Slovick’s book on 7 famous people who were instrumental in shaping the game of golf. At first, I thought it would be another mainstream tale of 7 famous golfers who had a some impact on the growth and development of golf; but, what I found were seven stories about dedication, perseverance, and the will to succeed. After starting with a few pages about Harry Vardon, I realized that my first impression of this book was way off the mark!
I have to admit I thought I knew something about Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Ken Venturi, and Ben Hogan. As it turned out, I did not know near as much as I thought. I had never heard of Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Charlie Shifford, , or Bruce Edwards, however after reading Slovick’s book I can no longer say that. After reading about all these 7 important golf figures, I realize my knowledge of golf is not surely lacking.
All of the main characters met their challenges in the same manner: head on. They did not let anything or anyone dampen their desire to be the best golfer or caddie of their time. I was constantly amazed at the hurdles these athletes navigated to stay at the top of the golfing world. The more I think about it, these stories transcend golf and offer inspiration and hope to anyone facing real hardship. I think Slovick captured the real essence of determination and passion for golf that was at the core of each character.
As I said previously, I enjoy reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions. Although there were many references, which can sometimes make a story difficult to follow, Slovick blended his thoughts with those of his references into an easy read.
This book opened my eyes to some of the societal challenges faced by Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Charlie Shifford; the personalities of Harry Vardon and Bobby Jones; and how to overcome medical issues by Ben Hogan and Ken Venturi. The closing story about Bruce Edwards is quite heart wrenching, but a perfect close to this book. All the stories remind us that to achieve great things; sometimes it takes great sacrifices.
I would recommend this book to all avid golfers. I believe that understanding where we came from is important to the future of golf. If you are like me and thought you knew about the great contributors of golf, then this book is for you.
If you find you have a few hours to spare this summer, I recommend that you pick up a copy of Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions by Lyle Slovick and immerse yourself in stories of hope, determination, and triumph. You will not be disappointed!
Press Release: About Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions
• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2016)
Golf can be a vexing and cruel game, and teaches us much about ourselves. It has been described as “a contest calling for courage, skill, strategy and self-control. It is a test of temper, a trial of honor, a revealer of character.” In the end, as with most of life, success hinges on the character and spirit we possess. But how would our tempers be tested if we suffered a career-threatening injury from a near-fatal car accident, as Ben Hogan did in the prime of his life? How would our honor be preserved if we faced constant derision and racism both on and off the golf course, as Charlie Sifford encountered his entire career? How would our character be revealed if cancer robbed us of the ability to play the game we loved, as it did to Babe Didrikson Zaharias? Would we give in to self pity, or persevere and keep going?
In Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions: A Legacy of Hope, Lyle Slovick has pulled together the inspirational stories of six golfers and a caddy whose strength of character sustained them against the physical and emotional trials that threatened both their careers and lives. In an era when many athletes have lost their luster as role models, the people in this book—Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Charlie Sifford, Ken Venturi, and Bruce Edwards—offer lessons in perseverance, dignity, humility, and faith. Slovick tells each of their stories with rich detail, including the childhoods that shaped their characters, their rise in the world of professional golf, the crises they faced in their lives, their struggles to keep doing what they loved, and their refusal to give up. They had their flaws, to be sure. But when faced with a true test of will, all showed a strength that inspired those around them.
The first book to gather the stories of these golfers into a single volume, Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions offers a unique blend of characters who shared the same love for a game that gave them the courage and fortitude they needed to face whatever life threw their way. This book will not only interest golfers and fans of the game, it will also inspire those who have suffered their own personal setbacks and show them they are not alone in their trials.
Read The Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions as it delves into much more than the surface history of these famous golfers, detailing the obstacles and struggles with which they all had to deal. — Tom Watson, member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, winner of eight major championships
Trials and Triumphs is the perfect affirmation of what makes golf the greatest game of all—overcoming odds and adversities to achieve greatness. As you will see, there is no other way! — Jim Nantz, CBS Sports
Why is golf one of our greatest games? Because it tests us—our patience, persistence, perseverance—in ways we don’t expect and often can’t even imagine. In Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions, Lyle Slovick reminds us, through the soaring profiles of golf’s most courageous fighters from Bobby Jones to Babe Didrikson Zaharias, that far more important than any golf lesson is the grit and greatness we find inside ourselves when we need it most. — Don Van Natta Jr., ESPN investigative reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of New York Times bestseller First Off the Tee and USGA Book Award winner Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias
About Lyle Slovick
Lyle Slovick is a historian and golf enthusiast, having played and studied the game for over 40 years. He has an M.A. degree in American History and is a former Assistant University Archivist at the George Washington University, where he worked for 13 years amongst the rare books and manuscripts in the Gelman Library Special Collections Department. Lyle enjoys telling stories that shed new light and offer new perspective on often well-trod subjects – what he describes as “augmented interpretation.” This book is an expression of his passion for the game of golf, which has taken him to various major championships around the world, including the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland, the home of golf. Lyle enjoys travelling, reading (especially biographies), and resides in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he currently works as a consultant for the United States Golf Association.
Does Jordan Spieth have the game to win a grand slam of golf? He is well on his way and as predicted after day three of the US Open, the golfing pundits are starting to pose the question. Given he is half way there, it might be a fair question.
A grand slam in golf consists of one person winning all four Majors (The Masters, US Open, The Open, and PGA Championship) in the same year. To date, only Bobby Jones has completed a Grand Slam of Golf. In the modern era, no man has ever achieved a Grand Slam. Although it is important to note that Tiger Woods won all four Majors consecutively, but over two calendar years.
The other milestone in golf is the Career Grand Slam. This consists of winning all four Majors at different times in a career. In the modern era only five golfers have a Career Grand Slam: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods. A special acknowledgment goes to Woods and Nicklaus because they have won each of the four majors at least three times in their career. We are still waiting for Phil Mickelson to join this élite group, but as each year passes, it becomes tougher and tougher.
Back to the original question: Does Jordan Spieth have the game to win a grand slam of golf?
I consider Spieth as the best golfer in the world at this moment. His three wins, three 2nd place finishes and one 3rd place finish out of 18 events, is very typical of Tiger Woods in his prime. The fact that he is first in the FED Ex Cup standings and is 1.75 points behind Rory McIlroy in the world rankings, only adds fuel to speculation of a grand slam in 2015.
Jordan Spieth is a great golfer, and at 21 years of age appears to have the golfing world in his hand. However, let us not forget Rory McIlroy. At 26 years of age, he is not to be taken lightly. He easily has the game to match Spieth and at any given time will rise to snatch victory from this young upstart! McIlroy has plenty of game and while he respectfully gives Spieth his due, is not quite ready to hand Spieth the keys to the mansion.
The rest of the top 10 in the world are no slouches either. At any time, players like Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose or Jason Day could knock off either Spieth or McIlroy. The current field in golf is the strongest ever and on any given day, anyone can win. Additionally, let’s not forget players like Louis Oosthuizen, who shot the best final three rounds in US Open history! There are many players who have the game to compete against Spieth and McIlroy; professional golf is extremely competitive at this moment.
Is it possible for Jordan Spieth to win the grand slam of golf? The short answer is yes; however, it is not very probable. With The Open just three weeks away, Spieth will have to finish his US Open congratulatory media events, play golf, and then mentally prepare to compete at The Old Course in St Andrews. That seems a bit to ask from a professional golfer, but I am sure Spieth will give it his best shot.
Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, watching Jordan Spieth try for the grand slam of golf will be very entertaining. The road ahead is challenging, but given he is playing better golf than anyone in the world, anything is possible. It would be exciting to see his name in the history books beside the immortal Bobby Jones, but to achieve such greatness; he must first go through Rory McIlroy and the rest of the golfing world.
- One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot – the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something. – Peter Jacobsen
- Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do. – Bruce Crampton
- I’ve heard people say putting is 50 percent technique and 50 percent mental. I really believe it is 50 percent technique and 90 percent positive thinking, see, but that adds up to 140 percent, which is why nobody is 100 percent sure how to putt. – Chi Chi Rodriguez
- Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. – Arnold Palmer
- Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course… the space between your ears. – Bobby Jones
- Find a good teacher that will keep the game fun. Work hard and don’t be afraid to have success or disappointment. That is what golf is all about. – Paula Creamer
- But in the end it’s still a game of golf, and if at the end of the day you can’t shake hands with your opponents and still be friends, then you’ve missed the point. – Payne Stewart
- They call it golf because all the other four letter words were taken. – Ray Floyd
- Golf is won on 6 inches of real-estate! The space between your ears! – The Grateful Golfer
- 100% of short putts never go in! – The Grateful Golfer
- If you want to test your ability to handle pressure, make difficult decisions, and to conquer self-doubt; I suggest you take up golf! – The Grateful Golfer
- Self-talk empowers….self-doubt erodes a golfer’s confidence. – The Grateful Golfer
These quotes hit home today. Golf provides so many fun times, challenges, and opportunities to grow as a person. I am feel particularly grateful today!
How about you?
Which quote do you like the best and why?
Or if you have a different favorite, please share!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!