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Chicken soup for the golfer's soul : 101 stories of insights, inspiration and laughter on the links
Canfield, Jack, 1944-
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Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, [1999]

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xxiv, 379 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul is a perfect gift for any golfing enthusiast, whether their drives land in the sand or on the green.This inspiring collection of stories from professionals, caddies and amateur golfers shares the memorable moments of the game - when, despite all odds, an impossible shot lands in the perfect position; when a simple game of golf becomes a lesson in life. Chapters include: sportsmanship, family, overcoming obstacles, perfecting the game and the nineteenth hole. This is a great read for any golfer, no matter what their handicap.

Author Notes

Jack Canfield earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. he also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Santa Monica. Canfield has been a high school and university teacher, a workshop facilitator, a psychotherapist and a leading authority in the area of self esteem and personal development for approximately 30 years.

Canfield is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which has over 36 titles, 53 million copies in print and is translated into over 32 languages. He is the founder of Self Esteem Seminars in Santa Barbara, California, which trains entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and employees in how to accelerate achievement. Canfield is also the founder of the Foundation for Self Esteem which provides self esteem resources and training for social workers, welfare recipients and Human Resource professionals. Some of his clients include Virgin Records, Sony Pictures, Merrill Lynch, Caldwell Banker, Federal Express, Bergen Brunswig Pharmaceuticals and the American Alzheimers Association.

In 1987, Canfield was appointed by the California Legislature to the California Task Force to Promote Self Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Self Esteem, and a member of the association for Holistic Education, as well as the National Association for for Self Esteem, where he was also a past member of the Board of Trustees and the recipient of the 1993 National Leadership Award. He is also a member of the National Staff Development Council and the National Speakers Association. In 1989, Canfield was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, an honor that is held by less than 5% of NSA's membership. In 1997, he was nominated by three of NSA's past presidents for the coveted CPAE designation.

Canfield has appeared on such television shows as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News and the BBC.

(Bowker Author Biography)



Maybe I Need a Crystal Ball Until I started playing golf, I thought that wine tasting had to be the most confusing thing I'd ever done. People with names like Higgins rambling on about residual sugar and tannin, describing each quarter-ounce sample in terms like "full-bodied, yet unpretentious." And I could never remember whether I was supposed to age it, chill it or drink it with fresh fish during a full moon. Just when I thought I was a genius for knowing the difference between a cabernet and cabaret, I went to the pro shop for golf balls. "What kind?" the pro asked. "I dunno, white, I guess.ö He rubbed his hands together as he scanned the tri-level ball display. "Do you want a two-piece ball?" I though this was a joke, of course. "No," I said. "I like to start off with them whole. They'll break when I wallop them with my driver.ö "Oh," he said without as much as a smile. "A big hitter. Then you want distance.ö He handed me a shiny box with gold lettering. The price tag on the end was more than I'd paid for dinner for my wife and I the previous evening. "These have computer-generated dimple patterns and use a complex two-piece injection molding system. They offer blistering distance.ö "Perfect," I said. "Course I'll probably overshoot the green now on any hole less than four hundred yards.ö He still didn't laugh. He just removed the box of balls from my hand and said, "Aahhh ... stopping power.ö He slid another brightly colored box across the counter, looked me in the eye and said, "Lithium Surlyn.ö I offered my hand. "Emie Witham," I said. "No," he said. "The cover. It's made of Lithium Surlyn. You know what that means." "It's radioactive?" "It's soft. And it's been reformulated for more feel. Plus the aerodynamics have been modified for lower trajectory.... Did you want lower trajectory?" "Well, sure. I guess. If that means it'll go straighter.ö "Oh, oh. Accuracy problem, huh? Slice? Hook?" "Yes. Yes.ö He walked down to the end of the ball display and came back with yet another package. "These offer less sidespin. Plus they're 2 percent larger than a regular ball." "Wow. Two percent. Guess I'11 need a bigger bag." I looked at my watch. "Oh, oh. Tee-time.ö He apparently didn't hear me. He grabbed more boxes from the shelf. "How about a balata ball? This one spins at more than eleven thousand RPMs and maintains consistent compressions. This other balata carries 266 yards and is an evolutionary achievement in balata ball performance.ö "I--aahhh--ö "Don't want a balata? This brand precisely blends five different dimple depths for raw length and pinpoint control. Or one designed for swing speeds in excess of ninety-five miles per hour." "I--aahhh--" "And here we have one that rockets off the club face, with an earlier peak and shallow descent.... This one penetrates the wind.... This one rolls longer.... This one has Trilyn....This one has Zylin....This one ..." "I--aahhh ... I th Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Golfer's So: 101 Stories of Insight, Inspiration and Laughter on the Links by Jack L. Canfield, Jeff Aubery, Chrissy Donnelly, Mark Victor Hansen, Mark Donnelly, Jack Canfield All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Rabbi Marc Gellman and Tom HartmanJ. G. NursallGreg R. BernardBill PelhamErnie WithamStephen LeacockChristine CliffordGeorge BushPeter Jacobsen and Jack SheehanBetty CunibertiGeorge PlimptonDave SheininHarvey MackaySusan D. BrandenburgSam MurphyFrank J. HallerPaul DaughertyRich RadfordGary D'AmatoTom CallahanJeff KahlerNick SeitzNick Price and Mike StachuraClint McCownPeter Jacobsen and Jack SheehanTerry ToddAndrew GalanopulosA. J. DaulerioLorne RubensteinTom TurleyAdel GuzzoDavid OwenDon WadeBud GardnerBrad BrewerJay GoldenStan ReynoldsSondra Sue Ward ElderTommy EhrbarFrank ChristianDave McIntoshDavis Love IIIScott HippLeonard FinkelWilliam M. BowenHugh BaldwinSam SneadJohn MeyersKen RobertsonDon WadeBob BrustCarla MuirRabbi Marc GellmanDebra MossJan K. CollinsBud GardnerDon DidioHarrison KellyGordon W. YoungsMitch LauranceTodd BehrendtAdam BrunsBetty CunibertiLarry R. PearsonMelissa LehmanJ. G. NursallDavid OwenAlf McCrearyBradley S. KleinJudy WalkerJohn KeatingTracy HansonDave KindredGiles TippetteJack CavanaughKen BowdenBob PhillipsMelissa RussellSteve DensleyJimmy RobertsBruce Nash and Allan Zullo and George WhiteJay GearanMichael KonikDavid FieldRich Mintzer and Peter GrossmanPatty BergErnie WithamArthur BerkJerry TardeSteve MinnickMicki McClellandWalter BinghamJohn FeinsteinErnie WithamMark Donnelly and Chrissy DonnellyFrank J. HallerDon WadeJ. G. NursallJames Dodson
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Share with Usp. xxi
The Many Lessons of Golfp. xxiii
1. The First Tee
Only Onep. 2
Lost and Foundp. 8
The U.S. Openp. 13
In the Pinkp. 17
The Golf Maniacp. 21
A Day at The Traditionp. 25
I Hate Golf--I Love Golf!p. 28
A Candle in the Windp. 33
Turning Back the Clockp. 40
2. Going for the Green
Plimpton to the Forep. 44
There Is No "I" in Teamp. 50
The Magoo Caperp. 53
Beat the Prop. 57
Golf Ballsp. 59
Walter Won the Honorsp. 60
A Special Rapportp. 63
Life on the Back Ninep. 66
Living the Dreamp. 71
Requiem for a Milkmanp. 74
Golf and the Caddie at Royal Troonp. 78
The Day Mr. 59 Bottled Lightningp. 81
3. Special Moments
All the Good Things Any Man Should Bep. 86
Ike, Mamie, Spiro and Mep. 89
The Day I Met the Kingp. 98
The Price of Successp. 101
My Best Friendp. 102
Butterscotchp. 105
Last Will and Testamentp. 109
Babe in the Woodsp. 112
The Lunar Golf Shotp. 115
The Special Giftp. 118
The Caddie and the Unspoken Understandingp. 120
Divotsp. 122
A Golfer's Best Friendp. 124
Yesterday's Newsp. 128
Every Golfer's Dreamp. 130
The Brand New Golferp. 135
Playing Throughp. 138
Rub-a-Dub-Dubp. 139
Slicker Samp. 142
4. Golfmanship
Straight Down the Fairwayp. 146
A Lesson I Will Never Forgetp. 150
Paybackp. 152
Playing It Downp. 156
We Play 'Em Allp. 158
A True Gentlemanp. 160
Play It as It Liesp. 161
The Day I Cheatedp. 163
The Clutch Puttp. 166
The Difference Between the Scots and the Americansp. 170
The Gentle Hustlerp. 171
The Compassionate Golferp. 175
Victory for the Golf Ratsp. 177
A Practice Round for Lifep. 179
5. Golf Links a Family Together
The Collection Basketp. 184
Remember Whenp. 186
Being Therep. 191
Way Above Parp. 194
Divorce, of Coursep. 198
The Ace Manp. 201
Early Retirementp. 204
Mom Hits the Linksp. 207
Silent Swingp. 210
One at a Timep. 213
The Substitute Caddiep. 217
Angel's Flightp. 220
The Law of Maximum Irritationp. 227
Father and Sonp. 230
Return to Inwoodp. 235
A Measure of Lovep. 240
Dad's Magic Clubsp. 244
Her Mother's Presencep. 250
A Sudden End to a Love Storyp. 253
6. Out of the Rough
Just One More Timep. 260
The Drive of a Championp. 266
On His Own Two Feetp. 273
Close to Homep. 277
A New Perspectivep. 280
Taking a Swing at Stressp. 283
An Embrace in the Bittersweet Middlep. 286
Lightning Strikes Twicep. 289
A Wing Grew Backp. 291
The Healerp. 295
Happyp. 300
The Benefits of Being Kingp. 303
A Humble Beginningp. 304
7. The Nineteenth Hole
Putter Devotionp. 306
Maybe I Need a Crystal Ballp. 312
Ridersp. 315
The Man Whose Secret Was a Secretp. 316
Brush, Brushp. 319
Zen and the Art of Getting Over the Water Hazardp. 322
More Help Than a Guy Needsp. 326
The Clown Prince of Golfp. 330
Golf Carts Do Not Have Four-Wheel Drivep. 332
Fifty Ways to Enjoy Golf Morep. 335
De Profundis, Homo (About Some Deep Stuff, Man)p. 338
He'd Give You the Shirt Off of His Backp. 341
The Secretp. 342
Enjoy the Roundp. 347
More Chicken Soup?p. 355
Supporting Golfers Everywherep. 356
Who Is Jack Canfield?p. 358
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?p. 359
Who Is Jeff Aubery?p. 360
Who Are Mark and Chrissy Donnelly?p. 361
Who Is Golf Digest?p. 362
Contributorsp. 363
Permissionsp. 375