Hit and Hope How the Rest of Us Play Golf

Version: Unabridged
Author: David Owen
Narrator: Barrett Whitener
Genres: Sports & Recreation
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2003
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 38 minutes
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David Owen takes a delightfully irreverent look at the game of golf and all the absurd behavior it inspires. He plays a game with which we are all familiar. He takes mulligans off the first tee, practices intermittently at best, marks his ball on the green with his lucky coin, until the luck wears out, and struggles for consistency even though his swing is consistently mediocre. He bets, he wins, he loses, he agonizes, he dreams.

Through the essays in this book, most of which appeared in Golf Digest in a slightly different form, Owen takes the mundane aspects of the game, and how we approach it, and stands them on their head, turns them inside out, and lays our follies bare for all the world to see. He also finds humor and nobility in our essential silliness, as expressed in our pursuit of a little white ball over a vast—but not vast enough to contain our slices—greensward.

Reviews (1)

I've rented it twice so far

Written by BEB from Amherst, MA on September 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Owen tells some of the most vivid tales of what it means to be a golf fanatic in the everyday world. The book has encouraged me to find as much of the author's words as I can find. Makes you want to meet him and his buddies at the first tee! Narrator was great, however he shows his novice level of the subject, mispronouncing 'Amen Corner'. But let it slide. Great book.

Author Details

Author Details

Owen, David

Owen is a staff writer for The New Yorker.