As he questioned the people he encountered—from Eastern consciousness guru Michael Murphy to successful young Tour players like Kevin Sutherland—about practicing better golf, Newport realized that the answers he was given were also about practicing better life. A compelling personal journey that captures many of the fears, frustrations, and elations of midlife, both on and off the course, The Fine Green Line is also a rich, honest, rollicking narrative set in a golf world few people know.
It will appeal to anyone either afflicted or confounded by golf's mysterious tug. Read more Read less. Save Extra with 1 offer. All rights reserved See all Product description. To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. See all free Kindle reading apps. Don't have a Kindle? Broadway 9 May Language: Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Customer reviews There are no customer reviews yet. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Most of us who love the game of golf - and "love" is a word used deliberately here - would love to have had the game, the courage and the imagination to do what John Paul Newport did - put his life on hold for a year and test his game and himself to better understand both. I have, as an interested observer, hung around a fair amount of the kinds of tournaments that JP played in during that year described in the book, as an observer.
I have seen some interesting talents and even more interesting characters. They are people you will probably never see on the PGA Tour, but you would die for some of their abilities as golfers. What keeps them in the hinterlands of the golf tours is "The Fine Green Line" which Newport describes with grace, insight and humor. This is an interesting and highly entertaining insight into the tournament game, the game of golf itself and how it blends into one's life.
I recommend it without hesitation to those who find the game to have a compelling fascination, regardless of your own personal talents. The saving grace of this book is that the author is actually a good writer. The downfall is that the tale itself is about a year of frustration with ultimately no redemption or reward. From beginning to end he self-destructs in competition, the victim of putting his self-worth on the line when his skills were simply not at the level of his ambition.
It's too bad, because the premise of the book is certainly enticing. But without any sort of payoff even a philosophical one , and with what he put his wife through, the whole enterprise just comes off as incredibly ill considered. Beautifully written, and an entertaining and sobering chronicle of the difficulty of improving - and staying improved - at the most satisfying and most difficult game in the world. The book really slows down about halfway through. There is an awful lot of self-doubt and complaining that muck up the story.
His self-obsession overrides the golf stories, which makes it a tough read at times I just finished JP's book and enjoyed the read.
I can say that I looked forward to picking it up each nite which is about as nice a thing as you can say about an author. I also read Paper Tiger, and while that book was more of a laugh, JP takes a more intellectual approach to the topic. For amateurs who dreams of quiting the day job and giving it a shot, this gives a good picture of what's in store.
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