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Moe & Me: Encounters with Moe Norman, Golf's Mysterious Genius [Paperback]

Lorne Rubenstein
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Spotlighting Moe Norman, a golfer admired by Tiger Woods himself, this memoir by a sportswriter who knew Moe Norman for 40 years details Moe's unique and controversial life. The record investigates how, despite winning almost every title in Canada and having his name celebrated in golf circles around the globe, Norman failed to make a mark in the wider world of golf yet still referred to himself as “the happiest guy on two feet.” His uncommon swing, mannerisms, and lifestyle are explored, illustrating how he played very quickly, never took a practice swing, often repeated phrases when talking, and lived in motel rooms most of his life. Norman’s crippling insecurity and introversion are revealed, documenting how these conditions kept him from publicly succeeding at the highest levels of play. Penned by a sports journalist who knew the subject for 40 years, this study examines Moe Norman’s utterly exceptional technique, his character, how he lived his life well in spite of his significant handicaps, and what this most sensitive and peculiar man meant to those who knew him.

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"In Moe & Me, Lorne Rubenstein gracefully interweaves his personal golfing journey with the life and playing career of Moe Norman. . . . Moe & Me is a satisfying addition to the lore on Canada's golfing genius." —National Post (April 7, 2012)


"In the hands of veteran Canadian golf scribe Lorne Rubenstein, Norman's life comes to the fore with respect and admiration." —GolfWeek (April 13, 2012)


"Through his personal accounts of Norman, Rubenstein paints an intimate portrait of a complex man." —GolfWorld (April 2012)


"For the last three decades, the only swings that PGA Tour players talked about with respect were Ben Hogan's and Moe Norman's. Lorne Rubenstein's sad and joyous book now guarantees that the pros will be talking about Moe for another thirty years." —Bradley S. Klein, Architecture editor, Golfweek


"Lorne Rubenstein grew up following in the fairy dust scattered by the incomparable Norman, and his lovely memoir of their friendship, Moe & Me, will move you by its deep understanding of this uniquely colorful man and his solitary genius." —James Dodson; author; American Triumvirate, Final Rounds, and The Modern Age of Golf


"Lorne Rubenstein depicts Moe Norman compassionately, from his quirky personality to his unusual swing. I count myself fortunate that I saw Moe with my own eyes, and that now, through Lorne's sensitive portrait, I can see him again." —Ben Crenshaw, 1984 and 1995 Masters champion


"Lorne spent a lot of time with Moe, and there's no better person to share his uniqueness. Golfers will enjoy reading about Moe and the people and game he influenced." —Mike Weir, 2003 Masters champion


"Lorne Rubenstein is one of the game's great historians as well as being a wonderful journalist. Moe Norman is arguably one of the most interesting men to play professional golf, and Lorne has captured him brilliantly." —Sean Foley, swing coach for Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose and many others

About the Author

Lorne Rubenstein is the golf columnist for the Globe and Mail and his work has been featured in Golf Digest, Golf World, Links, and Travel & Leisure Golf. He is the author of A Disorderly Compendium of Golf, A Season in Dornoch, and This Round’s On Me. He was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame for journalism. He lives in Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful tribute April 22 2012
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I have had the privilege of playing several rounds with Moe Norman over his long career. I have constantly marvelled at his extraordinary physical talent and brillant analytical golf mind. Lorne Rubenstein has captured the essence of the Moe the golfer as well as Moe the person. Both are very difficult to successfully characterize since Moe was such an enigmatic player and individual --- he often spoke in elliptical phrases about the swing or course management , such that many players never really undestood his thinking. However,Rubenstein , having had the opportunity to be Moe's friend over several decades, got to understand and appreciate his brillance as a shot-maker. Finally, there is now a 'definitive' biography of one of the most well-known, but least ( until now) understood golfers of our time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moe and Me by Lorne Rubenstein April 3 2012
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Fantastic book! As a long time golfer and reader of many works by Lorne Rubenstein, I was totally engrossed with his latest book. Personally, I think it may me his best effort to date. He presents a carefully researched and sympathetic portrait of one of the great figures of Canadian golf. There is insight into Moe Norman on every page, which only a true friend who had spent many hours with him over many years could provide. Along the way, we also learn more about the author who has always been a passionate supporter of Canadian golf. The definitive work on Moe Norman. Lovely.........
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! April 16 2012
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Just finished this Rubenstein masterpiece. I had the great pleasure of meeting Moe many times and experiencing first-hand his miraculous abilities. Of course, I never "knew" Moe -- until now. To have a glimpse into what made an enigmatic and complicated character like Moe tick adds much-needed colour to the mythology that has surrounded him all these years.
I highly recomend this book to anyone interested in golf, in dealing with adversity, or simply in the human condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Dec 27 2013
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What a great story of a very unusual man with a super natural gift of hitting golf shots. He makes each swing of the club effortless and gets the ball to where he wants it about 90% of the time. I'd be happy 50% of the time!!!
Way to go Moe you super ball striker!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moe Norman July 21 2013
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My husband has played with Moe and still thinks he was the best ball stricker on record and nobody will take his place.
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Easy read and very down to earth about Moe. If u are familar with Moe u would be able to relate to the author's storie about Moe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read May 23 2013
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Lorne Rubenstein is a very good writer and this book opens a whole world into the person Moe Norman was. As a ball striker and shot maker, Moe had few peers. His personality flaws however prevented him from becoming one of the great winners of his time.
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