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Great material - let down by poor writing
on 15 July 2016
This book provides Nicklaus's views on his championship golf contests and focuses on relevant aspects of Nicklaus's mental approach. Since Nicklaus is the greatest of golf champions (for the time being), and it is his thinking that's credited by his peers and himself for much of his success, his exposition is interesting both in itself and as something for golfers to learn from. So far so good. Unfortunately Nicklaus's book is badly let down by the ghostwriter, Ken Bowden, who is, frankly, a poor writer. There's little variation of tone or pace or, even, vocabulary. Accounts of Nicklaus's many incredibly exciting championship battles (e.g. vs. Hogan and Palmer at the US Open; vs. Miller and Weiskopf at the Masters; vs. Watson in the British Open; vs Ballesteros at the Masters) fail to capture the excitement of those great contests. A comparison of this book with Nicklaus's earlier autobiography with Herbert Warren Wind illustrate what a wonderful writer Wind was and what a positive contribution a really good writer can make.