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The Bogey Man [Paperback]

George Plimpton
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April 1 1989
What happens when a weekend athlete - of average skill at best - joins the professional golf circuit? George Plimpton, who had earlier tried out for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (in Paper Lion) and got a chance to pitch to a team of major-league all-stars in Yankee Stadium (in Out of My League), spent a month of self-imposed torture on the tour -- meeting amateurs, pros, caddies, officials fans, and hangers-on. In The Bogey Man we find golf legends, adventurers, stroke-saving theories, superstitions, and other golfing lore, and best of all, Plimpton's thoughts and experiences -- frustrating, humbling, and, sometimes, thrilling -- from the first tee to the last green. This intriguing classic, which remains one of the wittiest books ever written on golf, features Arnold Palmer, Dow Finsterwald, Walter Hagan, and many other golf greats and eccentrics, all doing what they do best.
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"Humorous but allso agonizing and also unfailingly fascinating regardless of one's interest in golf. For the psychology of of the sport--and this is what Mr. Plimpton is probing--there is nothing more revealing around." --The New York Times
 
"Plimpton will interest even the man who can't tell a pitching wedge from a putter.... This is really a book about a kind of madnesss with rules, and anyone can appreciate the appeal of that." --Newsweek
 
"Golf  is a lonely and private game, lacking the natural drama of football, but Plimpton, by substituting improvisation for plot, has caught its mad comedy and bizarre effects on peoplein a book  just as charming, in its own way, as Paper Lion." --Life magazine
 
Named by Travel & Leisure Golf magazine as one of "The 25 Best Golf Books Ever"
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Humorous but also agonizing and unfailingly fascinating, regardless of one’s interest in golf. For the psychology of the sport—and this is what Mr. Plimpton is probing—there is nothing more revealing around.”
—New York Times
 
“Golf is a lonely and private game, lacking the natural drama of football, but Plimpton, by substituting improvisation for plot, has caught its mad comedy and bizarre effects on people in a book just as charming, in its own way, as Paper Lion.”
—Life magazine
 
What happens when a weekend athlete—of average skill—joins the professional golf circuit? George Plimpton finds out during a month of self-imposed torture on the PGA tour. In The Bogey Man he describes golf legends, adventurers, stroke-saving theories, superstitions, and other golfing lore, as well as his thoughts and experiences—frustrating, humbling, and, sometimes, thrilling—from thfe last green. This classic remains one of the wittiest books ever written on golf.
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Plimpton doesn't pretend to be anything other than what he is: a priveleged amateur of questionable skill who is afforded the opportunity to play in several west coast pro-ams with various professionals. He relates many anecdotes, both first and second hand, several of which are hilarious insights into a tour which hadn't, at this juncture, reached the sophistication which characterizes its status today. Plimton's typical self-effacing style makes this an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent get-well gift May 21 1999
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As old as it is, this is still an excellent get-well gift for men who lived and died with the Palmer et.al. era. One does not even have to be an avid golfer to enjoy the book. Only a casual knowledge of the game is needed. I feel this was the best of Plimpton's books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing look at the PGA Tour of the 60's from a hacker July 15 1998
By tuck@spa.net - Published on Amazon.com
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Plimpton doesn't pretend to be anything other than what he is: a priveleged amateur of questionable skill who is afforded the opportunity to play in several west coast pro-ams with various professionals. He relates many anecdotes, both first and second hand, several of which are hilarious insights into a tour which hadn't, at this juncture, reached the sophistication which characterizes its status today. Plimton's typical self-effacing style makes this an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent get-well gift May 21 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As old as it is, this is still an excellent get-well gift for men who lived and died with the Palmer et.al. era. One does not even have to be an avid golfer to enjoy the book. Only a casual knowledge of the game is needed. I feel this was the best of Plimpton's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope springs eternal Jan. 26 2011
By Vital Spark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First read this delightful book about twenty years ago; it still has the power to make me laugh out loud as I re-read it today, even though my golf game has not improved. George Plimpton had such a great, light-hearted attitude towards sports, which seems sadly lacking among today's deadly-serious sports pundits.

The Bogey Man makes this duffer feel mildly proud to belong to a group, ever-hopeful of making that big breakthrough before we start a round, who can maintain our sense of humor once disaster strikes when we actually start playing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight into the Game Jan. 9 2010
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a "how to do" book but an insight into the world of golf as seen through the eyes, or shall I say words, of George Plimpton. It's a great read, and as of this writing, I'm almost half way through.
I am enjoying this book, and as a new golfer, I am pleased to realize my errors are not mine alone.

If you like and hate golf this is the book for you. Read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Funniest book about golf July 15 2014
By Dale E. Komanec - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent! Funniest book about golf.
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