Dream On: One Hack Golfer's Challenge to Break Par in a Year

Dream On: One Hack Golfer's Challenge to Break Par in a Year

by John Richardson

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Meet John Richardson. A typical weekend golfer who enjoyed the game but couldn’t break 100. Married. One seven-year-old daughter. Full-time job. But he differed from the average 24-handicapper in one crucial way: He was determined to break par within a year at the local golf course, while working a demanding full-time job and trying his best to remain a good husband and father.

Virtually everyone he came across told him that it wasn’t possible. Famed Scottish golfer/commentator Sam Torrance advised John to “dream on,” and PGA Tour pro Darren Clarke told him that three years would be a more realistic time frame. Add to the mix a range of golfing injuries, family responsibilities, and a rigorous work schedule, and you can understand why there were so many doubters.

Dream On is the hilarious and inspiring story of how John achieved the seemingly impossible—from how the initial challenge took shape and the methods he used to dramatically improve his game, to that glorious day, less than one year later, when he broke par and played the best round of his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626367890
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 04/07/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 998,497
File size: 620 KB

About the Author

John Richardson worked for more than fifteen years in the coffee bar and restaurant industry, at one time running the largest sandwich business in Ireland. A keen golfer, he lives with his wife and daughter in Bangor, Northern Ireland.

Table of Contents

Prologue: 'Dream On' 1

An Idea and a Dream 4

Procrastination 12

We're Off! 20

A Taste of Reality 24

Telling the World 28

Obsession and Some Harsh Realities 37

Settling into a Rhythm 44

'Dick!' 51

The Relentless March of Technology 57

Three Control Rounds to Get My Handicap 66

Taking Stock 72

The Mental Game 82

Winter Closes In 88

Breakthrough Number Two 96

Fundamentals, Fundamentals, Fundamentals 101

The 'Harrington' Moment 106

A Virtual Boot Up the Ass 112

Martin Sheen and Guilt 120

Dreams Sometimes Have Repercussions 127

The Power of Possibilities 132

The Golfer's Thermostat 137

Knights in Shining Armour 143

The Week Off Work 154

The Final Stretch 164

Lobster and Champagne 172

Epilogue: What Was It All About? 180

Glossary 187

Acknowledgements 191

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