"Millions of words are written in this field every year, but few
better than those that come from I.J. Schecter."
--"Jane Carter, Editor," Golf Monthly
"In golf, there are the elite, and then there are the rest of
us. We others, lumped together in the Duffer Zone--you know us from
the formal announcements we send out whenever we break 100--are
like the thousands who finish mid-pack in a big-city marathon:
happily unremarkable, content just to enjoy the sunshine with some
like-minded others, unconcerned about the guy who crossed the tape
forty minutes earlier. We are competent but not brilliant. We are
enthusiastic, though a far cry from intense. Our fairway woods are
mostly reliable, but put a 3-iron in our hands and we might as well
be swinging a screwdriver."
To the low- and high-handicapper alike, golf represents an
ongoing quest and an exhilarating challenge. In this brilliant
collection, award-winning author I.J. Schecter embarks on a dogged
pursuit of golf's elusive Holy Grail--breaking 100--with hilarious
results. Clinging to boundless (and often groundless) optimism,
Schecter attempts to untangle the secret to good golf in
increasingly desperate ways--like playing five different courses in
five days, accompanying a greenskeeping team on their pre-dawn
rounds, trying to replicate one of Tiger Woods' legendary shots,
and turning to a three-year-old for guidance. Like any golfer, he
comes to realize that the journey, though demanding, proves its own
A unique book from a gifted writer, "Slices" is an eloquent,
witty celebration of both the game of golf and the unwavering
efforts of those who try, again and again, to tame it.
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