Friday, August 14, 2015

recent read: slaying the tiger

Recent Read: Slaying the Tiger // A Style Caddy

You know by now how much I love sports and especially golf. When my dad first suggested that I read 'Slaying the Tiger' by Shane Ryan, I wasn't too enthusiastic given that I wasn't aware at all about what the book was about.

If there's one thing to know about me and sports, it would be that I base if I like an athlete on their character. For instance, they could be touted as the best golfer by the media, but if I see them act negatively on the course, I'm most likely not going to be a fan. It doesn't mean that I don't recognize their talent; they just won't be my favorite.

But golf is different from other sports. It's not the most popular so you don't really hear about players in the media. They keep their lives pretty private, rarely sharing information about family or what happens off the course. {Unless you are Tiger Woods. Then your private life has been all over the news.} And that's what makes this book so appealing. Shane Ryan was able to talk to successful golfers and those close to them during 2013-2014 season, a season where we really started seeing younger players emerge as successful and talented, putting them in the forefront of a sport that was dominated by Tiger Woods for so long. You learn more about their family life, how they came to love the sport, how they fought to get on the PGA and European Tours, and what other players think of them. Ever wanted to know if Rickie Fowler is really as nice as he seems? It's in there. Have you ever wanted to know more about mysterious Victor Dubuisson? Ryan covers that. Is Bubba Watson really the least popular among other Tour pros? That and everything from Rory McIlroy's strive for greatness and what really happened with Tom Watson and the U.S. Ryder Cup team is discussed. There isn't a boring chapter in this book.

I promise that if you are a golf fan of any kind, this book is one that you need to read. And if you aren't a fan, you should read this because it makes the game and the players much more interesting. The dynamics of the sport change when you have the information Shane Ryan shares in this book. It's a good one for sure!

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