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The Traits of Champions: The Secrets to Championship Performance in Business, Golf, and Life Hardcover – Nov 2000


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  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Executive Excellence Publishing (Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890009865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890009861
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,304,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Traits odf Champions for Success in Life 27 Aug 2001
By Jeff Gears - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Outstanding content and fun to read! Sports in general and golf specially are a microcosm of life and business. Using golf as a metaphor the traits of champions guides you through a dream round of golf with the help of an engaging and wise caddy and real life examples of some of history's finest golfers. The lessons are practical and insightful and sure to guide you to breaking par on the course, in business and in life.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A HOLE IN ONE!! 23 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This great book is a must for both Golf fans and Personal Development buffs.It teaches,inspires,and motivates.There are some great golf stories mixed in with tips and techniques on how to be a success in business,golf and life.There is alot of valuable information in this well written book by two great authors who know a great deal about success.
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SHOULD BE PENALIZED FOR SLOW PLAY! 22 Mar 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Interestingly, as part of a series of golf lessons I took a few years back, I was encouraged, by my swing coach, to pick up and read THE TRAITS OF CHAMPIONS. Wanting to do all that I could to follow directions and to improve my game I obliged.

What I discovered was a well-meaning, though misguided, treatise on business with a bit of golf sprinkled on top. Yes, golf is a metaphorical game. Analogies have been drawn -- probably beginning the day after the first Scot completed the first round at St. Andrews -- between golf and life and everything in between. So, to say that the authors had no business adding their own slant to things would be unfair and irresponsible.

What really bothers me here is the "pace of play." The book is set up as an imaginary round played at Pebble Beach with an aged caddy named Tom who comes along to help us "shoot the round of our lives." What follows is Tom going on and on and on about how one needs to set up ones mind in order to win...AT BUSINESS! And, by the way, if you want to apply things to golf, that's okay too.

In my thinking, there needs to be more of a cut-and-dried separation of "Church and State" here. Golf is NOT business, nor is business golf! The author spends far too much time driveling about the glories of golf as they pertain to success in business and vice versa. He makes it sound like success in one equates to success in the other, even if one would rather play golf than attend to anything remotely pertaining to business. But, then, I have to say that I probably was expecting something else from the book entirely -- even with the subtitle of the book seeming to trumpet the precedence of business over golf in the mind of the author.

What I was expecting, though, was accuracy of information and that falls apart rather dramatically in the early going. In chapter 4, titled "Great Shots," the author begins with the "shot heard 'round the world," Gene Sarazen's double-eagle during the final round of the the second annual Masters tournament. The story is told extremely well...at first. But the bottom of thing falls out, and an awful lot of credibility for the entire book is immediately lost when the author romantically proclaims, "Craig Wood could only wait in the clubhouse as Sarazen played the last three holes in par to tie him at 282. In a playoff the next day, Sarazen emerged the winner and donned the coveted green jacket." So, what's the problem? The problem is that the events in question took place at the 1935 Masters and the green jacket was not awarded to the winner of the tournament until 1949!

It proved to be an irreparable stumbling block for me. Yes, I finished the book. But the plodding writing style and Tom's bizarre banter, compounded by the aforementioned informational glitch, was just too much to bear!

THE (GOLFING) HORSEMAN
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