Miracle on the 17th Green




Miracle on the 17th Green

by James Patterson, Peter de Jonge

Overview

Travis McKinley’s life has drifted sideways. His job, his marriage, even his children all feel disconnected and distant. Has he really accomplished nothing of consequence in his life? One Christmas Day, Travis plays a round of golf and finds himself for the first time in the zone–playing like a pro. In astonishingly short order, Travis is catapulted into the PGA Senior Open at Pebble Beach, where he advances to the final round. And while his wife, his children, and a live television audience watch, a miracle takes place that changes Travis, and his family, forever.

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Miracle on the 17th Green

Editorial Reviews

John Feinstein

“There are many among us who see golf as a healer of the soul and Miracle on the 17th Green, is a wonderful example of how uplifting that belief can be.”

Publishers Weekly – Publisher’s Weekly

While it isn’t quite the literary equivalent of a hole-in-one, this fast-moving golf fantasy about an amateur golfer who decides to try out for the PGA Senior Tour has enough sweetness and humor to overcome its obvious plot clichs. Middle-aged and happily married, Travis McKinley does the unthinkable: he misses Christmas dinner after getting caught up in a divinely inspired streak of great putting during an outing on the country club course in Winnetka, Ill. As Travis’s obsession with his newfound talent takes over his life, his obstetrician wife, Sarah, expresses increasing dismay over his inability to grow up, a domestic crisis that reaches a boiling point when Travis loses his job and journeys to Tallahassee, Fla., to try to qualify for the Senior Tour. Competing against overwhelming odds, Travis earns a place on the tour, only to have his dream spoiled when he learns that Sarah intends to file for divorce. As he continues to compete against the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, the victory that will fulfill Travis’s dream and reunite him with his family is as improbable as it is inevitable. Plot issues aside, Patterson (whose newest thriller is Jack and Jill) and de Jonge succeed admirably in creating a winning character who is enough of a child to believe his dreams and is also mature enough to offer some gently humorous reflections on our national obsession with an engaging sport. Christmas shoppers take note: vigorous, straightforward prose and solid characterization put this second golf fable of the season in a far different league from the mystical, romantic The Legend of Tommy Morris.

Miracle on the 17th Green

Library Journal

Think of this short novel by best-selling thriller writer Patterson (Hide & Seek LJ 12/95) and journalist de Jonge as a cross between It’s a Wonderful Life and a masculine version of Sleeping Beauty. On Christmas Day, Travis McKinley is playing golf when suddenly he acquires perfect vision for the putt. In a zone, he plays brilliant golf and misses Christmas dinner with his family, where things are already rocky. The wife he adores wants to leave him, and he doesn’t know why, although it may be because working 30 years in an advertising job he hates has strangled his growth and enthusiasm. When he’s fired, he is liberated to see whether he really can play professional golf. Travis qualifies for the Professional Golfers Association Senior Tour, and it changes him and his family forever. Buy this for all the middle-aged male golfers who still have the spark of a dream left in them, as well as for those who’ve given up.Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Iowa

Bill Ott

Patterson and coauthor de Jonge add a new twist by melding a golf story onto a sentimental Christmas fable. The resulting plot is sort of Rocky Does the Senior Tour with just a hint of It’s a Wonderful Life.
BookList

BookReporter.com

“This is a hopeful little gem, and you don’t even have to like golf to enjoy it.”

Chris Nelson

Miracle on the 17th Green is…where miracles can happen to those who learn to dream again.
Calgary Sun

Nichol Ruth

Even if you don’t know a birdie from a putter you can still enjoy this sweet tale of a middle-aged golfer’s extraordinary blossoming.
The Evening Post (Wellington)

Chris NelsonCalgary Sun

Miracle on the 17th Green is…where miracles can happen to those who learn to dream again.”

Nichol RuthThe Evening Post (Wellington)

“Even if you don’t know a birdie from a putter you can still enjoy this sweet tale of a middle-aged golfer’s extraordinary blossoming.”

Bill OttBookList

“Patterson and coauthor de Jonge add a new twist by melding a golf story onto a sentimental Christmas fable. The resulting plot is sort of Rocky Does the Senior Tour with just a hint of It’s a Wonderful Life.”

From the Publisher

“A fast-moving golf fantasy.”—Publishers Weekly

Miracle on the 17th Green is…where miracles can happen to those who learn to dream again.”—Chris Nelson,Calgary Sun

Miracle on the 17th Green

“Even if you don’t know a birdie from a putter you can still enjoy this sweet tale of a middle-aged golfer’s extraordinary blossoming.”—Nichol Ruth, The Evening Post (Wellington)

“This is a hopeful little gem, and you don’t even have to like golf to enjoy it.”—BookReporter.com

“Entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A cross between It’s a Wonderful Life and a masculine version of Sleeping Beauty.”—Library Journal

“Patterson and coauthor de Jonge add a new twist by melding a golf story onto a sentimental Christmas fable. The resulting plot is sort of Rocky Does the Senior Tour with just a hint of It’s a Wonderful Life.”—Bill Ott, BookList

Miracle on the 17th Green

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Jordan Spieth Wins 2014 Australian Open!

21 year old Jordan Spieth wins the 2014 Australian Open!

He shot a final round of 63, 8 under par, at a very tough and windy Australian Golf Club. Spieth’s 72 hole total score of 271, 13 under par, to win by a whopping 6 strokes. This was Spieth’s first trip to Australia and he certainly made it a great trip.

Spieth was quoted as saying his final round will be “an experience I will never forget.” Spieth also said “It’s the best round I have ever played, especially considering the conditions,” Spieth said. “It was just kind of one of those rounds when you’re in the zone and you’re not sure what you’re at. It’s nice that it came on a Sunday.”

Spieth had 4 birdies on the front nine to lead by 3 after 9 holes. He added 4 more birdies on the back nine to win by 6 strokes and  seal his victory! His 63 was a course record on the redone Jack Nicklaus designed course. He became the first American to win the Australian Open since Brad Faxon won in 1991.

The World’s number one ranked golfer Rory Mcilroy shot 76 on Saturday and 72 on Sunday, to finish 15 strokes behind Spieth.”It’s been tough all weekend,” McIlroy said. “I was trying to get something going but with the pin positions and the wind, it was just very hard to get the ball close to the hole. It just wasn’t meant to be this year.”

Australian Adam Scott finished in fifth, place 9 strokes behind. Only eight players finished under par in the tournament. Rod Pampling shot 68 to finish in 2nd place. Former two-time Australian Open champion Greg Chalmers shot 71 to finish in 3rd place. Brett Rumford had a 70 to end up in 4th.

The Australian Open is the first qualifying tournament for the 2015 Open Championship and gives away three spots to the top finishers that are not already exempt from qualifying. The 2015 Open Championship will be held at St. Andrews. Pampling, Chalmers, and Rumford all qualified for the 2015 Open based on their finishes.

After four holes Chalmers and Spieth were tied for the lead at 6-under, but Spieth birdied the par-5 fifth hole, while Chalmers made bogey for a two-shot swing. Spieth then birdied 6 and 7 and managed some good par saves at 9 and 10. From there it was pretty much all over and he was on his way to winning the Stonehaven Cup trophy. It was Spieth’s 1st win of 2014 and 2nd of his professional career. He won  the John Deere Classic in a playoff on the PGA Tour in 2013.

 

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Golf Merchandise!

Here are the Winners of the 2014 World ParaLong Drive Championships held in Mesquite Nevada!

Mesquite NV Paralong Drive Facebook Page

Military-wounded in action: Ivgi Shlomo, Netanya, Israel 225 yards
Age 45-49: Rene Olgers, Aalsmeer, Netherlands 296 yards
Age 50-54: Anthony Netto, Capetown, South Africa/San Diego 297 yards
Age 55+: Bill Davis, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 290 yards
Triple Amputee: Paul Hebert, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada 239 yards
Traumatic Brain Injury: Humberto Reyna, Liberty, NC 255 yards
Hypermobile: Rene Olgers, Aalsmeer, Netherlands 296 yards
Women-One-Arm Unassisted: Kellie Valentine, Erie, Pa. 224 yards
Women-One-Arm Assisted: Tineke Loogman, Aalsmeer, Netherlands 217 yards
Women-One-Leg Below Knee: Kim Moore, South Bend, Ind. 242 yards
Wheelchair: Dave Sawtell, Queensland, Australia 199 yards
Paramobile, 1-Arm: Matt Farmen, Denver, Colo. 201 yards
Paramobile, 2-Arm: Anthony Netto, Capetown, South Africa/San Diego 289 yards
Blind/Vision Impaired: Scott Aughtry, Hot Springs Village, Ark. 313 yards
One-Arm & Leg: Bill Frey, Goshen, Ky. 245 yards
One-Arm Unassisted: Alan Gentry, Louisville, Ky. 275 yards
One-Arm Assisted: John Rogers, Apopka, Fl. 285 yards
One-Leg Above Knee: Christian Sidebottom, Phoenix, AZ 252 yards
Two-Leg Below Knee: Jared Brentz, Nashville 360 yards
One-Leg Below Knee: Josh Williams, Kitchener, Canada 322 yards

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Golf Mental Game Tips-Visualize Your Golf Swing

Visualization techniques can help improve your game!  

All good players do it, whether consciously or unconsciously. Most PGA pros, for example, visualize every shot they take. It’s one of the keys to their success. Below are some tips to help improve your visualization skills for your golf swing.

To help improve your score , try developing a good mental picture of your swing. Too many recreational golfers don’t have a very good mental picture of their swing. Hence, their swings may look awkward and disjointed.

This awkward, disjointed swing may not be solely the player’s fault. It can be partly due to  the way many instructors teach golf. Many times when a player takes a golf lesson the instructor will concentrate on one individual element of the swing, breaking it down into discrete parts, so they can focus on correcting it.

For example, an instructor may be teaching a player to make a full shoulder turn before initiating their downswing. If an instructor worked on that  for a couple of lessons, you can bet they thought of their shoulder turn, when they played their next round.

This approach, as golf instruction techniques go, works well. However, it encourages you to think of your swing piece-meal, instead of as one fluid motion. When we practice, we also encourage the piecemeal picture of our swing by focusing on correcting individual swing faults one at a time, instead of concentrating on rhythm and tempo.

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There are two basic components to your swing: your trunk, supported by your legs and feet, and the unit of your hands, arms, and shoulders. Your trunk moves on a fairly horizontal plan. Your hands, arms, and shoulders, on the other hand, move on a relatively vertical plane. The trunk is the hub of your swing, around which the hands, arms, and shoulder component moves.

A good way to think of this is arrangement is to visualize  your trunk turning within the confines of a barrel, while the club moves up and down along the rim of the wheel. As your body rotates to the right (for right handers), the club head moves up along the rim of the wheel to the top of your back swing. As your body rotates to the left, your club moves down the rim of the wheel and back up the other side as you complete your follow-through.

In reality, your swing is not a perfect circle, since the dynamics of motion require you to change planes. Nor does your trunk move in perfect rotation. You have to have a slight lateral motion to the left. But the barrel concept is a fairly good way of thinking about your swing as a whole. It encourages the major components to work together in harmony.

Another technique that can help your swing is visualizing the type of shot you want to hit. Establish a pre-flight target line in your mind before addressing the ball. Retain this image when hitting. Then, try copying it with your actual ball flight. This visualization technique forces you to think about the target line, not your mechanics.

However, if you have to think about something during your swing, try thinking about a phrase promoting a smooth takeaway. Slow and easy or slow and smooth are good swing thoughts. Anything that produces a nice takeaway works well.

Why? Because the takeaway is the key to the overall shape and tempo of your swing. Tempo is the speed of your swing. Actually, the time it takes you to complete your swing, from beginning to end. We all have a natural tempo. Try maintaining it when hitting a club, whether you’re hitting a driver or a sand wedge.

Individual golf lessons emphasize discrete parts of your swing. Visualization can overcome this. It focuses you on the harmony of your swing. In fact, you should get in the habit of thinking, “visualize to realize” on every shot. Golfers with single digit golf handicaps do.

 


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