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Straight Down the Middle: Shivas Irons, Bagger Vance, and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Golf Swing

Straight Down the Middle: Shivas Irons, Bagger Vance, and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Golf Swing

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Josh Karp first played golf in the sixth grade before going on to become one of the worst players on some very bad high school and college golf teams. In his early twenties, his handicap hit 18, where it remained until he went to work on this book, which helped bring it down to 11.
In this hilarious memoir, journalist Karp tries it all--from quantum physics to the Feldenkrais Method--in an attempt to transform his mind-set, lower his score, and tap into the mystical connection between golf and spirituality.
Throughout the ages, the arts of Zen and meditation have helped warriors prepare for battle, brought philosophers to enlightenment, and opened the path to inner peace for countless practitioners. Perhaps most important, however, they have allowed golfers to transcend their game and shave precious strokes off their handicap.
Assisted by a quirky roster of Zen-influenced golf masters, this journey of a common man in search of an uncommon kingdom across the fairways of North America (and Scotland, of course ) is funny and enlightening, inspired and frustrating, yet always entertaining.

Author: Josh Karp
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 05/01/2012
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.50w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780803240643

About the Author

Josh Karp is an adjunct lecturer in journalism at Northwestern University and a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Salon, the Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He is the author of A Stupid and Futile Gesture, named Best Biography of 2006 at the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Midwest Book Awards.

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