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  • An Obsessed Golfer's Quest to Play with the Pros
  • Written by: Tom Coyne
  • Narrated by: Kyle Tait
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Paper Tiger

Written by: Tom Coyne
Narrated by: Kyle Tait
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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 listeners from the Michelob tournament (a win for Tom) to the Australian Tour, where 40-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, and 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.

©2006 Tom Coyne (P)2020 Tantor

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Great book for those that wonder "what if?"

Entertaining listen and great story told by one of golfs great writers.

If you've ever wondered about "what if?", about whether you could actually succeed in golf, work, school, and other hobby, if you dedicated a full year of your life to it, this book will give you a little insight into it.

Highly recommended.

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