on 13 July 1999
Moe Norman's incredible, tumultous life is thoroughly chronicled in this book, complete with photographs. If you use the natural golf system and are as passionate about it as I am (and most natural golfers are) you will thorougly enjoy this book. Conventianal golfers will also enjoy learning about Moe, the greatest ball striker ever. His life was full of ups and downs, and certainly was never dull!
on 28 March 2010
I knew nothing of unsung Canadian, golfing super-star Moe Norman until February of this year. A well respected golf journalist I was travelling with started telling tales of the man who had been hit by a car as a six year old, who lacked even the most basic forms of communication skills when it came to strangers, yet was as good as Ben Hogan when it came to hitting a golf ball.
Maurice 'Moe' Norman would today have the benefit of medical science to arrest what seems like a form of autism developed after his accident when his sled shot into a road and was hit by a passing car. His outlet from his world of crippling shyness was golf. Hour after hour of practice honed his highly unorthodox swing into a ball striking machine. His parents thought golf was for the elite and did not support him so he never spoke to them again.
Tim O'Connor's excellent book takes the reader far closer to Moe Norman than we would ever have got had we met him or seen him play. He could be savagely rude and foul mouthed to anyone who was from outside his close circle, yet we still sympathise with this lonely outsider who never drank, smoked or went out with a woman, whose only outlet was hitting a golf ball. The golfing hierarchy of the 1950s and '60s was extremely suspicious of a man who behaved so oddly, chattered away to himself and dressed like a ragamuffin.
O'Connor takes us on Moe's lonely journey through his days as an amateur in Canada, his journey to Augusta for the US Masters and his trials and tribulations on the Candian pro circuit. This is a fascinating book because of its subject and one that O'Connor should consider revisiting since Norman's death on September 4, 2004. More people ought to know about the man who could have been one of golf's greatest but whose chronically introverted personality held him back. O'Connor's book is a must-read for any lovers of golfing history provided a copy can be found. I turned page after page desperately wanting to know what happened next to this socially inept star.
A new revised edition please Mr O'Connor.
on 1 January 1999
i have read this book three times, moe is the average person with above average desire. if he can become the great golfer that he is with the adversity he had, it should make anyone with the ability to swing a club try harder. most of this book is about moes selfimposed barrers of selfconsciousness moe did it his way and was successful. a must read for any serious golfer