- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (2 April 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140260145
- ISBN-13: 978-0140260144
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Four Iron in the Soul Paperback – 2 Apr 1998
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Lawrence Donegan's tale of life as a golf caddy is a refreshing look at sport through the eyes of neither a star, a fan nor an outside observer.
Four-iron in the Soul is told from a fresh angle--that of a newcomer to golf and all its to-ings and fro-ings--a tale expertly told by the amusing ramblings of a man well travelled in his own chosen profession.
Donegan, a musician of "Lloyd Cole and the Commotions" and "Bluebells"(remember the staccato "Young at Heart"?) fame, and later journalist with the Guardian, put down his bass guitar and tucked his quill in his pocket to caddy for pro golfer Ross Drummond on the European Tour.
Donegan's childhood dream had been to become a professional footballer or golfer but after a brief flourish in his early years he abandoned his sporting aspirations.
That was until Drummond--by his own admission one of the competitors present more to make up the numbers in most tournaments--grudgingly agreed to let Donegan be his caddy.
Donegan points out that he was more of a bag carrier for the player ranked towards the bottom half of the world's top 500. He tells of the day when, researching an article, he first met Drummond and got bitten by the caddying bug.
Four-iron in the Soul is open and witty, blunt and hilarious all at once. It is an enjoyable read and a crisp, original insight into the game of golf. --Andrea Thursday
About the Author
Lawrence Donegan was born in Scotland in 1961. He went to Stirling University, and had a brief spell as a pop star - he was in the band THE BLUEBELLS, who had a big hit with the infuriatingly catchy "Young at Heart", before joining the Guardian. He lives in Glasgow.
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Top Customer Reviews
This a humourous and well written account of a year in the life of that peculiar animal; the caddie on the European Tour. The fun and frolics, the desolation and despair are all here. Occasionally rubbing shoulders with the Tigers and Sharks of the sport but more often trekking across the Continent in an old camper van looking for a bag to carry because Ross Drummond has failed yet again to make the cut.
Unless Lawrence Donegan is a superb liar, this is a warts and all account of the life that many golf fans may secretly crave, but when the chips are down would probably put up with for no more than a day.
With due respect to Ross Drummond who is a fine golfer, this book would not have worked nearly as well if it was written by a "Fanny" or a "Wobbly" or a "Fluff". This is life in golfs' slow lane.
If you are a golf nut and have read "A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour" you will find that this book compliments it superbly. If you are not, this book will only help to confirm why those of us who are nuts, are.
A great read.
It gives the best insight I have come across into the life of the tour pro with the accent often on the guys who are struggling to make ends meet and their caddies who tour the world like a band of gypsies. 5 star luxury enjoyed by the more illustrious pros is not alas for them . Broken down camper vans, cheap booze, take away fast food and even faster women is their lot.
Lawrence Donnegan shows us that there is a very fine line in terms of skill and scoring[ perhaps one or two shots per round ] between those who win millions and those who scrape by for a few years before taking a real job.
For those who make it big time there is a life of private jets and an entourage of flunkies taking care of there every need. And it does'nt get much better than the lifestyle of the chosen few.
A very entertaining and enlightening read.
If you are a golf fan this book is a must. If however you just want a good , interesting and insightful read again this book will hit the spot.
Follow this up bt reading "A good walk spoiled by John Feinstein"
A great present for someone
all his books are about living the dream,from california,to ireland to being a caddy at a golf tournament.four iron in the soul,captures a moment in a mans life when,he actually pushes himself to something he always wanted to do,to partake in a pro golf tournament,sadly not as a golfer,but as the next best thing,a caddy.
even if you are not a golf fan,you can relate to moments in this book,as its a travelling life,interspersed with characters ,you can only meet in a life style like caddying.the books an eye opener,an emotional roller coaster of laughs and tantrums,its a book ,that once you pick up,you won,t put it down till you have read the last page.
Mr Donegan does a superb job of telling it like it really is - pretty hard going for most caddies - and more interestingly, for the players further down the food chain.
I think the great thing about this book is the way you are swept along with his initial excitement, and are willing Drummond to do well. Once the disillusionment and the slow demise of their relationship kicks in, you can really empathise with the emotions both men are feeling.
In summary, an excellent, entertaining, and eye opening look at the world of golf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A thoroughly enjoyable read, a fascinating and very amusing insight into the trials and tribulations of professional golf. Highly recommended.Published 5 months ago by Moses
An interesting and funny tale of the journeymen and caddies struggling to earn a living on the European TourPublished 6 months ago by Big Franko
The depressingly honest, endearing account of life on tour by a caddy who may just want to win more than his playerPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Really funny thoughts and insights and not all strictly golf related. Shows the reality of tour golf for most of the players and indeed caddies.Published 8 months ago by K Scott
Great read for any golf enthusiast looking for an insight as to what goes on away from the glitz and glamour of golf.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a journalist he should be but this was written with the reader in mind. No overemphasis on scores, golf swing etc. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tim Vaughan-Spencer
One of the best golf books I have read by far and I've read a lot! A few genuine laugh out loud moments which is rare in a book.Published 15 months ago by john moylan