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The Mind and Art of a Professional Golfer

by Sal Maiorana & Davis Love III

Pub Date: May 29th, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-09363-2
Publisher: St. Martin's

Maiorana (who writes for Golf Weekly) accompanies top linksman Davis Love III to the 1992 Los Angeles Open, recording the player's every movement, golf swing, and—seemingly—thought both on and off the course. One of golf's biggest hitters, Love is known for his 300-yard drives, which earned him $686,000 in 1991, his sixth year on the PGA tour. As Maiorana follows him to the practice tee on a Monday, the author also details the golfer's trips to the laundromat and to a Harley-Davidson outlet in search of black saddlebags. While the reader may weary of bird-dogging Love to the day-care center, the mall, and the theater, the point is well taken: Fame, fortune, and the pressure of eight-foot birdie putts notwithstanding, a pro golfer's day is filled with the same routines, chores, and cares that occupy everyone. With the practice round on Tuesday and the Pro-Am on Wednesday, Maiorana begins a stroke-by-stroke recap, complete with Love's comments and strategic reasonings. As the first round begins on Thursday, Love looks for ways to put pressure on himself: ``The shot you hit on Thursday that you weren't concentrating on is just as important as any shot on Sunday.'' Love finishes that day with a 67, two behind the leaders, but his incredible 63 on Friday, including ten birdies, puts him four strokes ahead of the field. On Sunday (which begins with Love forgetting his golf clubs at the hotel), it's a catch-up drive by the popular Fred Couples that provides the drama as he ties with Love and forces a playoff that Love loses on the second hole. Best for avid golf fans who are not only interested in technical ins-and-outs but also enjoy the personal side of the game. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)