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Two very different gift books for golfers--
Wit and Wisdom of Bobby Jones
The folks at Clocktower Press specialize in several different book categories, and golf books are among their best-selling market segments.
A quick look at their website shows that they don’t worry too much about specializing within golf titles. Two slender offerings issued this spring are pretty vivid examples.
Sidney L. Matthew is a Florida trial attorney with a long-time sideline interest in all things Bobby Jones. His latest book, The Wit and Wisdom of Bobby Jones, is clearly intended for gift-giving, and the upcoming Father’s Day celebration is a perfect opportunity.
Matthew gathered together pithy snippets of Jones’ own written commentary about golf from a variety of sources, including but not limited to Bobby Jones on Golf, Golf is My Game, and the foreword Jones wrote for The World of Golf.
Some of Jones’ pieces remain timely today for the practical playing tips they impart, such as this one I wish I could follow more often:
Other bits give some clues to Jones’ own self-assessment:
Matthew’s editing produced a slim, fast-reading 86 pages of these tantalizing fragments of Jones’ writing, usually three to four to a page. They provide a glimpse into the character and thought processes of a famous golfer who was also blessed with the ability to communicate.
Caddywhack gives the readers a different sort of glimpse, this time into the character and thought processes of a thirteen-year-old golfing fanatic. Drew Murray has played golf for nearly ten years, and displays a precocious talent for writing about his favorite sport in this self-described “Kid’s Eye View of Golf.”
Murray’s distinctive take on golf exhibits many of the signs of a teenage boy’s mind at work—and that’s not a contradiction in terms.
Helped along with great doodle-like illustrations by Jeremy Sterling, Murray tells his readers why he loves the game, in convincing fashion:
On other occasions, Murray shows he knows what’s important to a kid playing golf, other than the game itself:
Junior golfers will enjoy reading about golf in the voice of a kid much like themselves. The parents of these juniors will frequently find themselves smiling in recognition as they read this little book.
Review Date: May 26, 2003
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The Wit and Wisdom of Bobby Jones
Edited by Sidney L. Matthew
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