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May 22, 2008

The Duffer Chronicles

David Owen once thought golf was uncool. Then he tried it out, and his life, and golf writing, have never been the same.

Paul Sterman

In writing about golf, David Owen represents the regular guy—not the sublime shot-maker fine-tuning his swing for four hours a day, but the hacker out there on weekends having a blast with his buddies as they take mulligans, choose nicknames for each other, and whack away at the little white ball.

His 2003 book Hit & Hope is primarily a collection of Owen's writings from Golf Digest, for whom he has been a regular columnist since 1996, in addition to his duties as staff writer for the New Yorker since 1990. In the various pieces, he tees off on topics such as playing golf inside the house, the lies golfers tell themselves, the slowest member at his club, and how he has wasted a boatload of money on new golf equipment over the years. ("A cupboard in my basement contains nothing but superfluous head covers.")

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