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Golf in the Kingdom [Paperback]

Michael Murphy
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1994)
  • ASIN: B000NY1T9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars golf in the kindom 23 Jan 2004
A 1000 books could be written about this book and indeed the writer has inspired many other people and writers...It's a book about a man whos finding out about himself and the power that knowledge gives him. It has inspired me to start a company up and I hope you get as much out of it. Well written and thought provoking it delves into the possibilities that every moment gives us the chance to create, weither we are hitting a golf ball or getting up in the morning. The choice is yours, as it is to buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A BAD SHOT IS NO HANDICAP! 29 Dec 2007
This is a strange and compelling book and a must for all golf fanatics - part saga - part instruction manual - part mythical text - part religious experience - this book teaches the most humbling and difficult lesson we all learn on the golf course - to accept our limitations as a player and the viccisitudes of the golfing gods who shine on us at one moment and glower on us the next. Don`t expect it to lower your handicap!

Mick Drake author of the comic novel All`s Well at Wellwithoute.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Shivas Irons 13 Nov 2006
I am often caught reading Michael Murphy's adventures with Shivas Irons in this book, 'Golf in the Kingdom'. In it Shivas had a 'list of people who knew'. What it is they knew he unfortunately doesn't say but I like to think that he was referring to their capability to activate positive inner energy.

As I mention in the title, I love Shivas Irons. He is in my top ten of people I would most like to meet. Along with him are Mozart, Victor Hugo, Joan of Arc, Jesus of Nazareth, Gandi, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Sherlock Holmes and Michaelangelo.

My wife can't understand why I read this book so often and she asks me, "What is so important about that damn book?"

To which I always reply, "My quest to find 'true gravity'."

So what is 'true gravity'?

It's sometimes described as 'feeling force', 'heart power', 'adrenelin rush', 'consciousness-force', 'gravity-with-loving-eyes' or my own personal explanation ' the energy dam'.

I open my dam and let the warm syrupy energy flow out during my down swing.

Bobby Jones called it adding 5-10 mph to the force of gravity. I know what he meant.

As Shivas Irons describes it, it's not difficult to achieve. We used to drop into this state in battle. These days we use it to swat flies or throw a stick for our dog. It is there. You just have to know how to activate it.

I see the top sportsmen doing it all the time. It needs a little focus and then when its activated, you just have to let it flow.

What is it then?

For me it's a warm feeling that runs from my throat down through my core to my naval. Or what the orientals describe as using their 'Chi' or 'Ki'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golf in the Kingdom 4 Nov 2007
I bought this book shortly after it was published 35 years ago and its message has remained with me since then. Under its influence my standard of golf has not improved much but I certainly have as a golfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golf classic 25 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One of those classics of golf. But there are many. It also a little reminiscent of "The legend of Bagger Vance".
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