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No Hiding in The Open: A Journey in Professional Golf
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2014
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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on 22 June 2013
This is quite simply a super read and an absolute tonic for golfers! Well written, hilariously funny and with a touch of pathos, this book describes the highs and lows of John Hoskison’s experiences of life on the European PGA Tour. Travelling abroad to compete with the likes of Seve, Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle he is full of optimism at his chances of winning titles. After a string of poor results and feeling out of his depth, he realises that to compete at such a high level he must improve his game. He sets off on a quest to groove a swing that will ultimately withstand the enormous pressures of playing championship golf in the spot light and keep him on the fairways.

I recently discovered John Hoskison’s golf books which are so easy to read and full of great advice that works!! This was a super alternative about someone else’s golf journey. I look forward to reading more from this excellent author!
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on 7 February 2014
After reading "Inside" and thoroughly enjoying it I bought "No Hiding in the Open". - WOW what a tale John has to tell !!
Having being involved with golf since 1982 with a professional husband and two golf-mad young boys this book has it all and is so easy to relate to. Many times I found myself in fits of laughter but then again could also sympathise with the "missed cuts" and "missed putts". Who said golf was easy?? I just love the uncomplicated way John writes - as if he were sitting in the lounge telling you his story. This book is a most definate YES to read especially for amateur golfers trying to break into the professional ranks - my son is one of them !!! All the best John I look forward to the next book. (I have just bought "Name and Number" and can't wait to read it)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2014
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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on 29 January 2015
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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on 24 June 2013
I have read nearly all of John Hoskisons books and they have really helped my game- what I like most is the way this book is able to get across to the reader that everyone will struggle with their golf at some point but it is the ones which are able to recover and face adversity which will be able to get as close as possible to understanding the game. No Hiding in The Open has many experiences which golfers of all ability can relate to and even put into their own game. Along with very funny and valuable experiences I couldn't recommend this book more!
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on 11 February 2015
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. This was an inspirational tale on both a human level but also for all golfers who, no matter what their level of talent might be, will at various times doubt their ability or have crises of confidence. Above all, how John responded to the aforementioned twist and amazingly turned it into something positive can only be massively admired. Looking forward to reading his next book.
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