There is a rich history of golf in literature. Titles like Golf in the Kingdom, The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Greatest Game Ever Played, and Golf’s Sacred Journey, showcase the splendor, glory, and mysterious draw of the ancient game. Neither How to Line Up Your Fourth Putt nor its sequel When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever follow that pattern.
Instead, these books provide a humorous take on the seedy under-belly of the game. Cheating, lying, and gratuitous (though well-deserved) violence fill the pages of these books, which aim to parody the myriad of self-help golf books on the market today.
The material contained within could have only come from the depraved mind of a person who has been playing golf far too long. If you’re reading this, it most likely applies to you too, so wipe that smile off your face. I’m trying to become a pro over here, why am I associating with you people?
Aww, who am I kidding?
I like good golf humor as much as the next guy. If you can’t laugh at your own golf game then I’ll do it for you. These books are easy to get through, probably an hour each if you put your head down and go. Or, they could entertain you during numerous trips to the can, depending on your fiber intake, of course.
Here are a few chapter titles which might pique your interest and give you an idea of where I’m coming from:
- How to Get More Distance Off the Shank (Chapter 7, How to Line Up Your Fourth Putt)
- Using Your Shadow on the Green to Maximize Earnings (Chapter 9, How to Line Up Your Fourth Putt)
- Where to Buy Golf Pants with “Drop Pockets” (Chapter 10, How to Line Up Your Fourth Putt)
- How to Enjoy Your Partner’s 129 (Chapter 27, How to Line Up Your Fourth Putt)
- The Importance of Realizing That Most Golfers Are Bad Golfers (Chapter 32, How to Line Up Your Fourth Putt)
- When to Suggest Swing Corrections to Your Opponent (Chapter 39, How to Line Up Your Fourth Putt)
- What it Means When the Only Way for You to Hit a Good Ball is to Step on a Rake (Chapter 2, When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever)
- What to Do When Your Pause Becomes a Seizure (Chapter 9, When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever)
- When to Approach the Clubhouse Instead of the Green (Chapter 12, When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever)
- The Importance of Carrying a 95° Wedge (Chapter 16, When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever)
- How to Handle Your Caddie’s Hysterical Laughter (Chapter 26, When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever)
- Body Blocks and When to Use Them (Chapter 34, When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever)
- Why You Should Hit the Ball on Your First Try (Chapter 42, When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever)
- Why You Should Never Exaggerate Your Scores by More than 10% in Either Direction (Chapter 46, When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever)
The bottom line is, golf is supposed to be fun, but it can be funny, too. These books put a smile on my face, probably because there’s a little too much truth in them. I’ll probably never deliver a 9-iron to the solar plexus of of a complete jerk, but next time I tee it up with one, you can bet Chapter 13 of How to Line Up Your Fourth Putt will be right there at the top of my thoughts.
I found both books to be enjoyable, and I think you will too. If you bask in the glory of your own bad golf, then these books might provide some comfort in knowing you’re not the only one. Or maybe the comfort comes from knowing that others are suffering too. I’m not sure.
Either way, most importantly, don’t think you’re going to get away with using pants with “drop pockets” against me, because I’ll be watching.
For more information, please visit the 4Putt website.
Disclosure: A copy of each book was provided to me by the publisher, for review purposes.