By Jimmy Roberts
The approximately 37 million humans within the usa who play golfing most likely all have something in universal: sooner or later they've got pondered giving up the sport simply because they have been annoyed with the way in which they have been enjoying. whilst these pleased moments of specific drives and ideal putts disappear, while the ball turns out to have a brain of its personal, and whilst well-grooved swings turn into absolutely unhinged, we discover ourselves in that panicked nation often called a "slump." while Jimmy Roberts, the award-winning reporter and author, entered his personal interval of frustration with the sport, he determined to invite the most well-known golfers and winning humans on the planet for suggestion. the following, for the 1st time, are the tales and reminiscences of eighteen veteran avid gamers whose knowledge is either useful and philosophical. a few pay attention to method (when Phil Mickelson is disappointed with the best way he is using the ball, he practices bunker pictures to enhance an important section of the tee shot—rhythm). Others specialise in psychological alterations (Davis Love III recalls his past due father's crucial recommendation while he is pissed off: attempt much less hard). With tales from greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, Dottie Pepper, Greg Norman, George Herbert Walker Bush, Paul Azinger, and so forth, this is often an emotional and non secular first reduction package for an individual who performs the sport or even those that do not. because the forty first president says, the best way we deal with adversities in golfing offers a template for the way to deal with the demanding situations in existence: golfing classes can occasionally be lifestyles classes too. There will not be a common cure-all, yet there are lots of how one can get over a debilitating droop.
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The first week in August 2002, while playing in the International in Denver, Duval met a divorcée named Susie Persichitte. In an instant, his life was no longer empty, and golf didn’t seem that important anymore. Just as Arnold Palmer had once done, Duval simply put down the clubs and took a break. But while Palmer’s sabbatical lasted five weeks, Duval’s was eight months. He married and became a stepfather of Persichitte’s three children. This solitary figure, who’d seen his family start to come apart at the seams at age nine when his older brother, Brent, died of aplastic anemia despite a bone marrow transplant from David, this boy whose parents split up a few years later, all of a sudden was knee-deep in the middle of something he’d really never had—a family.
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Breaking the Slump: How Great Players Survived Their Darkest Moments in Golf--and What You Can Learn from Them by Jimmy Roberts