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The Golfer's Guide to the Meaning of Life: Lessons I've Learned from My Life on the Links [Hardcover]

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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely little book March 3 2012
Format:Hardcover
Gary Player is such an inspiration. His love for the game is infectious, even for someone like me who plays completely inconsistently, who can hit a beautiful shot and then completely blow it for the next 3 shots(!), who has had more than her fair share of 3 putts...I will read this book again and again, I've leant it to my daughter, I've recommended it. Observations he shares such as the beauty of your surroundings during an early moring game shortly after dawn, and the way golf is a game full of etiquette...what other sport demands that you always be aware and considerate of the other players, ahead or behind you, and either accomodate them by repairing your divots, or be mindful of them by not hitting into them. So much can be parrallelled with joys and frustrations of everyday life. When I read this book, I become more determined that I WILL master the sport!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent inspirational read and not just just for golfers Aug. 23 2006
By Tufty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've been a great admirer of Gary Player for many a year and always swore I'd try and learn more about what makes the great man tick as I'd only heard snippets over the years. The last one was when he was interviewed at the US Masters this year by the BBC and he said he was still doing 100s of sit ups a week and he just beemed huge self-confidence and positiveity.

The time came to find out more and searching Amazon brought up, as expected, a lot of golf instruction books. I was however after more of a book about the man and how he thinks and this book seemed to fit the bill.

I have to say that it is a little gem! A fairly quick and easy read but one that deserves to be read at least once every year or so to give you a kick up the backside to improve your attitude to the whole of life with relationships, career and your general purpose in life. There are the passages of text that you almost expect to be in there from Gary which almost validate buying the book. Then there are those unexpected pieces that raise an eyebrow or two and make you realise you've just been revealed another facet of his personality and makes it all the more intriguing as to what the next chapter will bring.

The chapter on Gary's exercise routine that he has done for an hour a day for as many years as he has been an elite golfer was very simple yet so inspirational with the energy that seemed to come off the page that I got on the floor and did 50 sit-ups right then and there. I was so motivated that I carried on and did a full weights workout despite the fact I was feeling a little tired beforehand. I have since done some form of exercise daily - such is the power of the man and how he motivates people.

I believe Gary is now in his 70s but it seems from the book that his philosphy to life was embedded at a young age and he has stuck to it rigidly through thick and thin and is the reason why he is still competitive on the Senior PGA tour after so many of his contemporaries faded long ago. If my father wasn't such an inspiration to me then I would gladly have had Gary and he is on a list of people I have that I hope to meet in my lifetime as I just know he is going to be around well into his 100s so the chance is very much there!

Great book. Great guy. What more can I say?!

Cheers,

Tufty
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5.0 out of 5 stars Player's class revealed Nov. 9 2008
By Bagger C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is quick, easy read and really gives one a sense of not only Gary Player's life within golf, but also the essense of his beliefs on life. He shows the reader how the honesty of the game carries over into one's life. I found the book very enjoyable, though probably more oriented towards a golfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Book of Golf ... Feb. 19 2013
By Michael DENNISUK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
and life. Gary Player is a class act. His easily digested nuggets on golf and life are things we all know. His measured and thoughtful approach will guide you around the course and in your life. Well written, and thoughtfully constructed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Wisdom Oct. 12 2007
By Ocean - Published on Amazon.com
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With reflections on his own life and not too subtle advice on how life should be lived, Player offers up a no-nonsense approach to life that can be applied certainly to non-golfers. He is clearly passionate about the game, a generous and magnanimous person, and charmingly opiniated with his South African personality coming through loud and clear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read but interesting Sept. 25 2005
By Bernice W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Gary Player since the early 1960s, when he was young and I was even younger, so I was happy to get this as a gift from my very secure husband. I learned some things I didn't know about Gary Player, and found a lot of thought-provoking ideas about life in general. Some of the book might seem self-aggrandizing, but there's a lot of other stuff to chew on. I'm not a golfer (I have played a little, but not recently) but that doesn't matter for the enjoyment of the book. I read it all in a couple of train commutes, maybe an hour and a half.

The book is nice physically, with good paper and a nice cover, so it would make a good gift.
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