Reading List: The Masters

The Masters begin today at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Tiger Woods’ career has made a resurgence but Bubba Watson is favored to win according to For the Win on USA Today. Below are a few books to inspire you to get out on the course.

Poetics of Golf: Meditations on the Meaning and Beauty of a Game
By Andy Brumer

Discussions of the aesthetics of golf, including its art, literature, psychology, philosophy, science, commercialization, players, conventions, and institutions.

Straight Down the Middle: Shivas Irons, Bagger Vance, and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Golf Swing
By Josh Karp

A humorous and insightful account of journalist and former 18-handicap golfer Josh Karp’s quest to achieve inner peace and improve his golf game all through the art of Zen.

Good Bounces and Bad Lies
By Ben Wright with Michael Patrick Shiels

One of golf’s preeminent commentators with more than fifty years of experience, Ben Wright relates the wealth of experiences he’s gained from writing and broadcasting about the world’s greatest golfers and courses, and his take on the infamous interview that cost him his twenty-three-year career as a golf announcer with CBS Sports.

Let There Be Pebble: A Middle-Handicapper’s Year in America’s Garden of Golf
By Zachary Michael Jack

A close look at Pebble Beach Golf Links/Carmel, CA in the year leading up to the 2010 U.S. Open.

Brassies, Mashies, and Bootleg Scotch: Growing Up on America’s First Heroic Golf Course
By Bill Kilpatrick

An account of growing up on golf courses in the 1930s as the son of a Scottish golf course superintendent.

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