Sunday, August 11, 2013

Book: Dream On by John Richardson

Dream On is a story about a golfer (the author John Richardson) of reasonable 'hacker' calibre, who sets a challenge to go around his local course in par within a year.

This isn't one of those miracle 'against-all-odds' sporting stories because if any determined hacker kept practising and playing the same course with Richardson's level of dedication, then they too would likely be able to achieve the same thing. However, while some critics cite this as a negative, for this reader it was wholly positive because it emphasised just how much is within the grasp of the common man if he wants it badly enough, that is badly enough to put the time and effort in to get it, instead of just wishing he was better and stopping there.

The plain writing style isn't anything to shout about and I'm surprised the story has been commissioned to be turned into a film, but it's still a book that is just worth reading by the avid golfer, for it serves its purpose and can be readily consumed in a weekend.


A few quotes:

- (on practice) You work very hard at the sport and you get very good. Simple.

- (on the mind game and a pre-shot routine) If I could replace the nervous moments before I hit a shot with the feeling of euphoric invincibility, then surely it would benefit my golf.

- Keep it relatively simple and stick to the fundamentals.

- "It is not the critic who counts... The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena." Theodore Roosevelt.

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