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Bring Me the Head of Sergio Garcia Paperback – 20 Sep 2007
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"A poignant and hilarious journey of self-discovery...the book's charm lies in his struggle and the suggestion that not having what it takes can be a perverse pleasure in itself" (Metro)
"Caused me to laugh out loud.... Cox's enthusiasm for this infuriating game is such that I would love to play a round of golf with him ... he is a young, multi-talented and an accomplished writer" (John Hopkins The Times)
"Cox may not have much to boast about in the field of sporting achievement, but he has what many of his rivals palpably lack: an inner landscape, an imagination. ...A very, very good book." (Andrew Baker Daily Telegraph)
The brilliantly funny story of how Tom Cox attempted to fulfil his childhood dreamsSee all Product Description
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Only the naive are foolish enough to think that pro golf is `the ultimate lifestyle.' The sacrificing of `normal human activities' to endless hours of practice, travel, sombre nights alone and tunnel vision, is no fun. Heartache over missed putts is far more common than fortune and glory. To get to the top you have to be born gifted, take the game up very young, practice incredibly hard and allow absolutely nothing to stand in your way. When Tom Cox decided to try his luck on the `third division' EuroPro Tour his life degenerated into the sub-title, My Year of Swinging Dangerously On The Pro Golf Tour.
Cox, who also wrote the extremely funny, irreverant golf spoof, Nice Jumper, has hit top writing form again. His insights are both cruel and hilarious. This book won't teach you how to be a successful pro but it does explain the harsh realities from a self-deprecatingly painful and amusing perspective.
You might be someone who is looking for a present for their golf mad dad, lad or lady, or you might be a driving range nut looking for a good read. I'm a golf widow and I can honestly say I have never laughed so hard at a single read.
After over a decade away from professional golf, a magical moment on his home course at sunset and comments from playing partners that don't understand why he doesn't make the most of his potential, Tom goes back on the road to try and recapture his dream of being a Pro Golfer. "Bring me the head..." takes you through the highs and very human lows of the Europro circuit, the obsession with swing paths, biorhythms, short game prep, focus, fees and why a good drive and a good putt can make a round. If you have ever been curious about what it would take, what sets your club pro and the Lee Westwood's of this world apart; this would be a good place to start.
If like me you're an Edie (you'll understand when you read this book) and that golf ball lying next to you in bed is the only reason the sport entered your otherwise peaceful existence, and you just want to know what is going through that head of theirs, why they think in yardages, why they can't just have a good round, and why the hell it's so important to stay on plane, and what you should say after they come in from a tournament, or a medal, this is for you too!
An honest and uplifting portrayal of pursuing a dream that will make you laugh out loud...and will certainly make you think twice before you change your shoes on the car park!*
*or at least will make you laugh while you're doing it!
It tells the true story of Tom Cox's attempt to make it as a pro golfer on the Europro tour, only for him to find out that even in these relatively humble surroundings, being able to drive the odd par four is nowhere near enough to cut the mustard. What's frustrating (particularly speaking as a very enthusiastic but talentless golfer) is that one gets the feeling that Cox is really in it just for the kicks, at least until the end is in sight and he realises that he needs to knuckle down a bit. The feeling of underlying flippancy makes it rather difficult for the reader to sympathise with him.
On the plus side, the book describes all sorts of golfing experiences ranging from meeting Lee Westwood right through to playing urban golf in East London (the only thing that Cox wins in the end!)
All in all, a curate's egg of a book. Some very funny and touching stuff, but a certain amount of frustration for the reader (and probably for the author as well).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my view this book is not funny, interesting or in any way worthy of your time. I stuck with it to the end hoping that some point would emerge. It didn't.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Funny in a juvenile, English way - i.e., not funny at all. - Why would Cox think that anybody would be interested in him, his observations and then even more of them in the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Peter Gammie
For all those hopefuls who think they maybe the next Adam Scott read this first! A good entertaining read and depiction of the Euro pro tour.Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
“Here. Listen to this bit ….. After he was disqualified for playing the wrong ball he drove off thinking of the only consolation he had. The only hole he had played properly. Read morePublished 23 months ago by byron
I've never written a book review on Amazon before, but this book has driven me to it. This book is not funny - it's pathetic. Read morePublished 23 months ago by PhD Engineer
Not that great. A few funny moments but I never really got the point of writing a book about a failed attempt to break into pro golf.Published on 14 Nov. 2014 by Mr. P. Skeldon