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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 'behind the scenes' golf books
John Ferstein has done what no other golf book has done so far. His 'behind-the-scenes' look at life on the PGA tour is one of those books that once you start reading it you can't put down, and once you've finished reading it you'll start all over again. From The Ryder Cup through PGA Qualifying School to the final major of the season. John Fernstein manages to show you...
Published on 19 Jun 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars Monotonous - It's ok for about 4 or 5 Chapters
If you are thinking of buying this don't. Buy May Be It Should Have Been A Three Iron By Lawrence Donegan - It is infinately better.
Published on 22 Nov 2000 by olegunnarsolskjaer


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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 'behind the scenes' golf books, 19 Jun 2001
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John Ferstein has done what no other golf book has done so far. His 'behind-the-scenes' look at life on the PGA tour is one of those books that once you start reading it you can't put down, and once you've finished reading it you'll start all over again. From The Ryder Cup through PGA Qualifying School to the final major of the season. John Fernstein manages to show you just how tough life can be 'on the road' and how tough it can be when you just miss the chance to be 'on the road'. John not only takes us through life on the PGA tour, but also on the Nike Tour as well as the pressures of Qualifying School - where one shot can meand driving to a Nike Tour event each week or flying to a PGA Tour event each week. Also, he provides a wonderful insight into the players and how they got to where they were today. A must for all golf fans out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling read. A real insight into life on the USPGA., 31 Jan 1999
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For those who want to read and feel what goes on behind the scenes of the USPGA tour a book that is a must. It starts with the Ryder Cup in England in 1993. I still remember now watching Davis Love III beat Costatino Rocca on the 18th green at the Belfry and Love being swamped by his team mates whilst Rocca was left alone to ponder over what might have been. I felt then that Love should have pushed his team mates aside and sought out Rocca to shake his hand. He didn't. This book puts that matter right. Love sought him out and said 'It could have been me'. This book tells the stories behind the glare of the cameras. Paul Azingers come back after his treatment for cancer. His playing partners with tears in their eyes on the tee as he rejoined the tour after fearing he would never play again. The feeling of playing with John Daly surrounded by huge crowds and security men , and still playing the shot that was required to make the cut. The real pressure of trying to make it through Qualifying School. The tears, sadness, laughter and joy of just having the chance to play with the best. It is a book that I cannnot recommend highly enough for those who want more than just another book on how to play the game. Read it and enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best golf book ever written. Full stop., 4 Jan 2002
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This book awakens the soul of the PGA Tour. Having read two of Feinstein's golf books, this is certainly the best. It tells of a year in the life of the PGA Tour, focuses on certain players (famous and the not so famous) and on the running of the Tour itself. Brilliantly written, humourous at times and always fascinating and enjoyable, A Good Walk Spoiled will keep you up all night as you follow in the footsteps of the professional golfers of America. If you ever wondered what the PGA was really like, then this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top five golf books ever, 19 Aug 2005
Along with 'The Majors', another Feinstein book, 'A good walk spoiled' is likely to be as good a golf book as you are likely to read. Feinstein gives a real insight into life as a professional golfer. You are given a tour through what it takes to get to the top in golf and the pressures faced by those already there. Great pieces on different golfers such as greats like Tom Watson and want-to-be-greats like Paul Goydos. You really get into their mindset and what makes them the people and golfers they are. Feinstein shows that there is far more to being a great golfer than hitting a small white ball around a field. If you are only going to read one golf book make this the one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feinstein or Donegan, 30 Jun 2008
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Mr. Stephen D. Wassell "sdwassell" (Norfolk, England) - See all my reviews
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In my view John Feinstein is the finest golf writer of his generation, narrowly beating Dan Jenkins and James Dodson. Comparing this book unfavourably to Lawrence Donegan's account of life as a European Tour caddie to a journeyman pro confuses the situation. They are very different books. Each is, of course, enjoyable in its own right but I know, from having read and bought every one of Mr Feinstein's golf books, which I prefer. Drink in Feinstein and be captivated by his insight and wonderful descriptions. Lest it not be known, John Feinstein also writes wonderfully on a host of other US sports. Buy Donegan as well by all means - he is eminently readable - but don't ignore someone who, in my opinion, cannot be topped. Mr Feinstein, take a bow!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, 16 Jun 2013
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A good book to read, some funny bits, obviously it's about the American golf tour, but he's a good writer and its still interesting
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 3 Jun 2013
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very interesting,witty,and an excellent read gives an interesting insight into the goings on on the european tour at that time
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing insight to golf., 6 Aug 2012
'A Good Walk Spoiled' aims to detract from the belief that life on the PGA Tour is pleasant for all involved, that the game of golf is rewarding to all of its players on the 'Big Tour'. John Feinstein makes excellent use of the behind-the-scenes access that that players agreed too, his research is in depth and does not ignore any part of the profession he is whole heartedly researching.

Feinstein begins by introducing the reader to one of the most famous competitions in golf, the Ryder Cup, showing the mental and physical strength each player has to endure for one of the toughest weeks of their golfing careers. The book then moves steadily and expertly though to life on the lower tours and Q School, placing emphasis on the fact that there are many other golfers, aside from the known faces (in this book Faldo, Price and Pavin, amongst others), that have to live week to week, with no real financial plan, with many not knowing when their next pay cheque may be.

The book also provides a a behind-the-scenes look at life at the majors, how the pros, who feel at the top of their game, are able to hit the highs and lows in four days. Feinstein proves that all of these pros, from the mini tours upwards to the PGA Tour, are always setting themselves new goals, whether it be the right to play on the tour next season, or to win a major. For any golf fan, this book is a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing!, 7 Sep 2011
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Peter Munn (Chambery, France) - See all my reviews
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book partly because I witnessed some of the incidents. He really gets into the mind of the golfer under pressure! But is there an answer to why golfers go off the boil and take years to win again. Fascinating!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good walk spoiled, 1 Aug 2010
a fascinating insight into what happens behind the scenes, and how difficult it is to make it on tour
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