It is human nature to try and hit a golf ball as hard as you can and to look up while doing so. It is also human nature to be jealous, possessive, greedy, selfish, thoughtless and eager to the point of violence.
Part sport, part open-air struggle against the baser instincts, golf enchants and torments our sense of self like no other leisure activity--how often a gentle round mutates into a 18-hole prosecution of the soul.
Step forward, M Scott Peck--author of the bestselling self-help book of all time The Road Less Travelled--to offer a few pointers on your mental attitude. Resist the urge to beat him briskly about the face and neck with a lofted wood, because his Golf and the Spirit could change the way you think about the game forever.
Set over an imaginary round at Exotica Country Club--golf course of the mind--the book explores the mental machinations that lay behind your 10-yard drives and those occasional belters, finding ways to approach the sport that will have old hands and non-golfers alike eager to tee-off.
Long on developing the mental muscles to enjoy the game, and mercifully short on Americanised psycho-drivel, Scott Peck is a witty, insightful student of his own golfing strengths and weaknesses. If you're looking for advice on adjusting your swing plane for the short irons, look elsewhere. But if your most common post-shot reaction is an expletive-laden cry of anguish then this book could help put the fun back into golf.--Alex Hankin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In Golf and the Spirit, M. Scott Peck takes the reader round an imaginary golf course of his own devising comprised of many of the worlds greatest fairways while playing the greens he explores the history, lore and skills required of golf. Yet, he also explores the deeper issues behind the game, issues that colour and influence everyones life, golfer and non-golfer alike.
The front nine holes primarily explore the more physical and external challenges of golf, the back nine look at the internal, psychological and spiritual challenges of the game. The ability to understand anger and how to move beyond it. The capacity to accept and benefit from teachers. The need for competition if we are to thrive. The encouragement of civility to others and ourselves. The realisation that life, like golf, is not linear. Above all else that to experience the blessings of golf and life fully, we must accept the power of divinity that underlies all things.
Golf and the Spirit, celebrates the lessons that golf can teach everyone and makes a lasting contribution to the literature of golf and life in the tradition of Harvey Penick and Michael Murphy, creating an opportunity for transformation both on and off the fairway.
M. Scott Peck is an internationally renowned author, psychiatrist and lecturer on the relationship between religion and psychology. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed The Road Less Travelled, which has spent more than twelve years on the New York Times best-seller list, as well as twelve other works of spirituality, psychology and fiction. In his spare time he has played the fairways and greens of some of the worlds greatest courses. He lives in Connecticut, with his wife Lily. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.