Reading Room

Selection #3: August 2018

The pick this month is:

Here’s the inside flap describing the book:

Throughout the ages, the ancient arts of Zen meditation have helped warriors prepare for battle, brought philosophers to enlightenment, and opened the path to inner peace for countless practitioners. Perhaps most importantly, however, these practices have allowed golfers to transcend their game and shave precious strokes off their handicaps.

In this hilarious memoir, journalist and former -18-handicap Josh Karp tries it all–from quantum physics to Feldenkrais–in an attempt to transform his mindset, lower his score, and tap into the mystical connection between golf and spirituality. Assisted by a quirky roster of Zen-influenced golf masters, Karp’s unique experiences across the fairways of North America (and Scotland, of course!) are as funny as they are enlightening. Straight Down the Middle chronicles the lessons learned during the inspired, at times frustrating, but always entertaining, journey of a common man in search of an uncommon kingdom.

Quick note about Josh Karp–he’s really not a regular golf writer. You may in fact be more familiar with his book, “A Futile and Stupid Gesture,” which is about Doug Kenney and National Lampoon. It’s currently in movie form on Netflix.

If you missed any of the previous month’s selections, they’re in the Reading Room, as well as discussion of each book over at the Refuge. Finally, subscribe to the TrapDraw podcast on iTunes to hear chats with each author at the end of the month!

 

About the Author

Perma-case of the yips inside 5 feet. Completely lose my swing at least once a year. No concept of what a good leave is. Harbor delusions of golf grandeur.

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