By Carl Hiaasen
Bestselling writer Carl Hiaasen properly surrender golf in 1973. yet a few goals refuse to die, and because the years handed and the thoughts of slices and hooks pale, it dawned on Carl that there can be something in lifestyles he may do larger in heart age than he may possibly as a adolescence. So steadily he ventured again to the rolling, tricky eco-friendly hills of the golfing path, the place he ultimately—and foolishly—agreed to compete in a country-club event opposed to avid gamers who can truly hit the ball. choked with harrowing divots, lethal doglegs, and excruciating sandtraps, The Downhill Lie is a hilarious chronicle of mis-adventure that could have you rolling with laughter.
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Simply because Rule 23-1 it appears that evidently states that “any unfastened obstacle might be got rid of with out penalty,” chipping the raccoon shit used to be absolutely right and felony. the truth that I’m so happy to have complied with this legislation is alarming. Camp Ernie Iprobably wouldn’t have hand over golfing in 1973 if i'll have snuck out of city and gotten my swing fastened. That’s what hundreds of thousands of suffering hackers do now. for roughly a similar rate as a hemorrhoidectomy, you could spend a number of days at a golfing college operated via a world-famous teacher. golfing teachers turn into world-famous by way of training execs who win significant tournaments and are type adequate to say them by way of identify on community tv. That’s what occurred to a fortunate fellow named David Leadbetter. In 1985 he all started operating with a promising younger English participant named Nick Faldo. years later, whilst Faldo received the British Open at Muirfield, he glowingly praised Leadbetter for turning his video game round. Faldo went directly to take 5 extra majors, and Leadbetter went directly to turn into a franchise. over the past twenty years he’s performed for yuppie golfing guide what Hooters did for bird wings. a hundred twenty five Partnered with the activities superagency IMG, Leadbetter now has twenty-six “academies” situated worldwide, together with South Korea, Austria, Portugal, Japan and Malaysia. between a number of stateside Leadbetter camps is one in Braden-ton, Florida, that provides live-in quarters for junior golfers who break up their days among perform and lecturers. From throughout a fairway, Leadbetter in his banded straw hat may be flawed for Greg Norman, considered one of his luminary ex-students. and prefer Norman, Leadbetter has crafted an empire from a golf personality; his likeness is stamped on shirts, visors, balls, swing education units, cocktail coasters, headcovers and, accurately, funds clips. The high-end demographic of Leadbetter’s purchasers is obvious from his brand-name institutions with Callaway, Rolex, Cadillac, Jos. A. financial institution clothing and Sentient, a corporate-jet-leasing company. He additionally writes golfing books, pens a column for golfing Digest and looks usually in a celeb ability at the golfing Channel. between his present students are Michelle Wie, Ernie Els, Nick cost, Trevor Immelman and Lee Westwood. Leadbetter’s flagship operation is found on the ChampionsGate inn in Orlando. I made reservations for a four-hour enjoying lesson ($875), through an all-day consultation at the diversity and within the video room ($1,750). Such sums needs to appear asinine to non-golfers, yet hard-core gamers will gladly raid their 401(k)s for the promise of a healed swing. A Leadbetter hospital is the hacker’s similar of Lourdes. the non-public realization of the nice guy himself is in such call for that, in accordance with golfing Digest, he fees $10,000 for an all-day lesson. remember that, I didn’t trouble to inquire if Leadbetter used to be to be had for a personal consultation (he wasn’t; he was once attending a The Downhill Lie PGA occasion in Tampa, protecting an academic eye on Mr. Immelman, between others). My teacher was once a likable younger man named Steve Wakulsky, who joined the Leadbetter operation within the early Nineties and labored his approach as much as around the globe Director of educating and Certification.