Andy Brumer's The poetics of golf PDF

By Andy Brumer

Many golfers might trust Andy Brumer that there's poetry within the video game of golfing. And Brumer isn't the first to insist that there's extra to the sport than the superstars, swing professionals, and high-tech gear that dominate speak of the sport this day. during this sequence of essays, Brumer, the most insightful writers on golfing, considers the sport from unforeseen and infrequently miraculous angles. right away contemplative and compelling, The Poetics of Golf explores the hyperlinks among golfing and existence in terms of paintings and literature, philosophy and psychology. In pictures of varied players—including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, and Arnold Palmer, between others—Brumer teases out the truths that their video games can let us know, not only approximately golfing, yet approximately personality and braveness. And he additionally deals an unconventional but enlightening examine the intricacies of the golfing swing, path structure, and golf gear. ultimately, his publication finds to us—in its content material and in addition in its wide-ranging, frequently lyrical style—that golfing is in no way just a game.

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No. That’s not quite it. Rather, it was more like “AiYuAundeee,” a slur of such dexterity that in my mind it instantly became a metaphor of my new home’s ability to draw out any and all experience to its full and elongated limit. It was a metaphor of southern leisureliness. So there wasn’t a tremendous amount of pressure from the outside or from the inside on me to find something constructive to do. Shucks, it seemed as if it took them twenty seconds to say my name. So what was the hurry? My easing into the slow South took the form of sitting in the new cafés I had quickly scouted out, writing poetry each and every day.

Can’t we picture the universe as a huge golf course and the galaxy as a driving range? What else do those meteors and shooting stars and comets and dust particles all buzzing playfully around in random crisscrossing patterns at different heights resemble but balls hit at a crowded multitiered practice facility? By deduction, then, I see that what I needed returned to me by the  part one gods of art and writing who rule Berkeley was a more playful attitude toward life and, by extension, toward golf.

What I found was that practice made me a perfectionist.  Pure Wine One day, after my fifth or sixth or seventh bucket of balls, I noticed a portly yet shadowy figure standing behind me watching me practice. I’ve long known that hitting golf balls this way had a hypnotic effect on me, settling my psyche into an oceanic, trancelike condition of bliss, but what I hadn’t considered was that watching someone else repeatedly strike shots in this manner could induce such a state in others. When I say portly and shadowy, I’m thinking of a blend between Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese: an Anglican, massive coolness animated by an angular Latin darkness.

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