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No Hiding in The Open: A Journey in Professional Golf [Kindle Edition]

John Hoskison
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Book Description

John Hoskison dreams of making it as a successful golf pro on the European PGA Tour. When he meets Seve Ballesteros for the first time and makes the cut in the Martini International he looks set for success. Then reality kicks in at Royal Birkdale in the PGA Championships.

This is a true story of how someone has to deal with life's ups and downs.

With confidence in tatters John Hoskison sets out on a quest to find a golf swing that will work and stand the ultimate test of playing in The Open. But there are no psychologists or coaches to help. Like the rest of the young pros, he has to find the solution himself and no stone is left unturned.

From trying crazy superstitions to simply copying the top players like Tom Watson and Nick Faldo, this book shows the difference between the modern day tour pro and the young men who went into battle with blindfolds on.

The account of John Hoskison's life on tour is funny, sad and brutally honest. This book will be a fascinating read for any keen golfer or sportsman and the sting in the tail will surprise everyone who reads it.

Excerpt from the book:

Just before driving home the chairman of West Surrey came to shake my hand.
'John - you're a star,' he said. I smiled. I had felt like one all day. The Titleist Tour clothes designer, proving himself a colour-blind schizophrenic, had far outstripped his previous three design attempts taking 'conspicuous' to new heights. The pattern on my sweater that day was literally stunning. I knew it was power dressing by the reaction of the players in front of me when I had earlier stepped onto the first tee and whipped off my waterproof jacket. Both Craig Stadler and Tom Weiskopf looked stunned.
'Wow,' said Craig. 'You should warn people before you do that.'

(The book is approximately 44,500 words)

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About the Author

John Hoskison is a former member of the European PGA Tour. Initially he really struggled with his game, but in 1992 he won the National UK PGA Professional Championships after finding a swing that worked. He has written six best selling books and still competes on the golf course.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 877 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: (27 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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John Hoskison has been a professional golfer and member of the Britsh PGA for thirty years. He has competed on the European Tour and on two occasions played against the USA in PGA Cup matches. In 1991 he won the National PGA Professional Championships and led England in the European Team Championships. John has written extensively for golf magazines.

But John has experienced both life's ups and downs. In 1994 he shattered the idyllic life he had created when he made a mistake that had tragic and devastating consequences. Breaking a discipline he had maintained for twenty years, he accepted a drink after a golf match and drove home. On the short journey he hit and killed a cyclist.

After receiving the most incredible forgiveness and surviving his prison sentence, John wrote a book about his experiences. His book, 'Inside - One Man's Experience of Prison', is a highly emotional book and portays the harsh realities of prison and the power of forgiveness. The book is regarded as a very important addition to the debate on prison by judges and the top prison officials, including Lord Ramsbotham.

After many years trying to make ammends, and with the incredible support of his colleagues, friends and family, John Hoskison has found his way onto the European PGA Seniors Tour and has become the junior organiser at Newbury Golf Centre. Much of John's time is spent talking to school children about the importance of making the right choices in life and the danger of taking unnecessary risks. He has now spoken at over 200 schools to over 80,000 children.

John has recently released a work of fiction called Name and Number. The book is based on his own experiences and is about an art student who spends two years in prison for supplying drugs at a party. Can Nick Wood survive the terror and danger of life inside, or will the hard men destroy his hopes for the future?

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Having greatly enjoyed John's previous book, "Inside (one man's experience of prison)", I was intruiged to see how he would approach the entirely different subject of his life as a professional golfer. This book does not disappoint, John's golf career takes place on the stage of the top professional golf tours, but it is a world away from the pampered existence of the likes of Tiger Woods etc. John tells his story in a way that makes you feel you are walking the fairways, and sitting in the locker room alongside him, as he journies throught the highs and lows of his career. Even if you are not a huge golf fan, there is plenty to enjoy in this book - it is a tale of working hard, and trying many different methods along the way, in order to achieve your goal in life. John has a brilliant way of throwing in humourous "one liners", which really do make you laugh out loud, although he soon brings you down to earth, with the realities of the pressure involved in performing within a very public arena - particularly when things are going badly. I highly recommend this book, and just hope that John has kept back some tales of his life on tour, so that we can look forward to a follow up to this excellent read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Jan. 2014
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As a struggling professional golfer myself I found I could relate to so many of the experiences Hoskison talks about in this book. The final chapter hits you like a bombshell. His has been an extremely eventful life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 10 Jun. 2013
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A great insight into life as a pro golfer. Showing that even at they're level of skill they can still be affected by all the same troubles us amateurs have. John's other books including " a golf swing you can trust" is in my opinion a very good book which breaks down the golf swing in easy to understand stages which helped me a lot and is definitely worth a read if your struggling with your golf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, who would believe it? 8 Jun. 2013
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Reading a Professional golfer's book, the game seems so easy and the trophies are clocked up with monotonous regularity that to those who have played the game, even at the most-modest level, are left with an awe at their ability and a total inadequacy of their own talents. But it is not always so! John Hoskison's well-written tale shows that even one so talented and regardless of the titles and trophies that John won, self-doubt can strike. John has written of his success but the reader also sees failure, a failure that is so true in its description to the amateur. That John overcame the problem (Am I spoiling the story?) is worth a read. Loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cracking read 12 Jan. 2014
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Well worth the money. This guy has battled through it all and still comes out fighting. The humility and frankness of his prose is inspirational
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4.0 out of 5 stars A frank story about one pro golfers experiences. 20 Sept. 2013
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Easy to read, and engaging in it's honesty. One feels involved in the story but totally unprepared for the denouement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars present for a golf mad husband 11 Jan. 2014
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This book really went down well with my husband he was even trying to share some tales from it with me! he has also lent it to his golf partner so clearly it got the seal of approval--the twist at the end really came as a shock to him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any golfer! 29 Jan. 2015
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Although I am a keen golfer I had never heard of John Hoskison before I read this book. I really enjoyed it. He gave a great insight into the trials and tribulations of professional golfers trying to earn a living. Every golfer be they weekend golfers or professional can relate to the heartache he endured particularly with his experience at the Open Championship. The twist towards the end of the book really shocked me. I wont spoil it for the readers. Suffice to say I was instantly looking forward to your follow up story. I would highly recommend this book to any golfer.
Dermot Brady Dublin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!!
This book is a superb read!The author is authentic and brutally honest throughout.I like many amateurs could relate. Read more
Published 17 days ago by R. O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight, thoroughly recommend
Having been a professional golfer for 20 years, I am always keen to understand how other pro's have started and progressed their career. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nigel Hart
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A shock and very sobering ending!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational tale on both a human level and for all golfers...
Great read, unputdownable, read it in one go. Without giving the game away, what an unexpected and genuinely thought provoking twist at the end of the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stuart Bendoris
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Interesting read for a golf fan - it shows you that golf professionals aren't as good as we all think they are.
A humble read.
Published 5 months ago by Dazzak
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Published 5 months ago by michael nappin
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining read, with a shocking end to the book.
I really enjoyed reading No Hiding In The Open, and would highly recommend it there were some great stories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read!
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of the highs and lows of making your way as a professional golfer. As an enthusiastic senior golfer, it has inspired me to never EVER give up.
Published 6 months ago by NEIL SUTHERLAND
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