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That's golf : the best of Al Barkow
Barkow, Al.
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Publication Information:
Springfield, NJ : Burford Books, 2001.
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xi, 257 pages ; 23 cm
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GV967 .B315 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In his 35 years of golf writing, Al Barkow has interviewed, played with, and dissected the personalities of every major golfer of the past 50 years, from Gene Sarazen to Tiger Woods. This book, the first collection of Barkow's best, features profiles of Woods, Watson, Trevino and more, candid looks at Augusta and other championship venues, memorable classics such as 'I Caddied for the Mob', and other treasures from Barkow's rich experience in golf.

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Booklist Review

Former editor of Golf Magazine, Barkow has been writing about golf and golfers for nearly 40 years. This collection of his work brings together profiles of tour stars from Gene Sarazen to Tiger Woods, reflections on the ever-confounding nature of the game, and autobiographical essays on a variety of golf-related topics. Some of these pieces have aged better than others, but all will be of interest to golf-history fans. Perhaps the most intriguing is "Caddying for the Mob," in which Barkow recalls his years toting the bags of assorted Chicago gangsters, including John Capone, brother of Al, and a mysterious character called Morrie, who played for his shank by lining up west to hit the ball north. This is not a book to read cover to cover but rather one to dip into here and there, savoring Barkow's nostalgia for golf in the pre-titanium era, when professionals didn't own private jets and weekend hackers didn't have to pay $100 greens fees. --Bill Ott

Publisher's Weekly Review

The best of Barkow, a veteran golf writer and former editor of Golf magazine, is well worth the admission price. This candid collection contains golfer profiles, memorable golf moments, informed observations and personal anecdotes. Culled from a plethora of golf magazines, digests and newspapers (e.g., the New York Times) published over the last 31 years, these 47 sports reveries will entertain, inform and inspire. You'll learn how in 1955 Ben Hogan sued A.S. Barnes (his own publishing company) and won athletes the right to control and profit from their own image. Walter Hagen created much of his own PR, recognizing (before others did) that profits could be made from good copy. The garrulous Lee Trevino proves you don't need to be a bland automaton to succeed at golf. Even more fun are some of the early characters of golf lore who have disappeared from the headlines. Newcomers to the game will thrill to the exploits of Lefty Stackhouse, who once threw himself into a briar bush after a particularly bad drive and insisted on being left there in his bleeding, self-crucified glory. Then there's Marty Fleckman, who at 23 was well on his way to a successful career when he did the unthinkable took a golf lesson and lost his swing. Barkow also waxes poetic on gamesmanship, the art of psyching out your opponent, and his early days caddying for the mob at Chicago's Tam O'Shanter Country Club. Short chapters and great stories make this a quick, easy read for true lovers of the game. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved