Deepak Chopra, the author of the international bestseller Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, looks at the game of golf, which he believes can be mastered from the soul
Deepak Chopra is the author of more than fifty books translated into over thirty-five languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and nonfiction. Visit him at www.DeepakChopra.com.
Chopra turns his mind-body eye on golf, a recently acquired personal hobby. Unfortunately, he juxtaposes his metaphysical approach to enjoyment and mastery of the game with a less-than-masterful fiction about Adam Seaver, a 36-year-old Bostonian who often lets his emotions and ego interfere with his golf swing. Adam encounters a mysterious male stranger during a particularly horrendous round of golf. When Adam follows the stranger's instructions and shows up at an isolated shack for some much-needed lessons, a young, attractive woman named Wendy appears and proceeds to teach Adam about his inner game. Each lesson is separated into three parts: The Lesson (the fiction), Playing the Game (what the lesson taught Adam about golf) and Applied to Life (the relationship of golf to a happier, more spiritual life). Adam eventually falls in love with Wendy and achieves the perfect swing, only to have both suddenly disappear. Chopra posits that life and golf are similar games and each can be mastered-offering maxims such as, "You and the ball are one," "Play from your heart to the hole," and "Let the game play you"-but the appeal to the average golfer may be limited. (Mar.) Forecast: While the golfing crowd may not flock to this book, with national publicity, national radio campaign, six-city author tour, cross-promotion with Taylor Made Golf Apparel and Golf for Enlightenment seminars, the bestselling author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind is sure to find an audience for this latest offering. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
An ethereal and delightful experience -- Jeff Johnson * PGA
Wellness Golf promotes the balance of mind, body and spirit * The Times *
Golf lifted to a higher level * The Glasgow Herald *
Extremely appealing * National Club Golfer *
There are times when it is a blessing not to be addicted to golf. Chopra, successful spiritualist, nutritionist, and perhaps mystic, apparently decided life was not complicated enough without golf and took up the game. Golf then becomes a path to enlightenment: life is golf, golf is life, and "the ball knows all." The allegory, in which a duffer named Adam meets golf guru Wendy to rise far beyond his game, is excellently read by Chopra himself. The story is fascinating but a little too deep into the mysticism of golf, yoga, and Eastern spirituality to be comprehensible. Surely it means something to the golf addict or the dabbler in Eastern religion. It just doesn't relate to real life: the leap to steelhead fishing just didn't fully emerge. So, surely a book for golfers and for spiritual nomads; for others, a real question mark. As with Adam though, this work, a number of professional lessons, and 100,000 hours or so of practice could get the listener to the Masters. Golf equals religion, religion equals golf? Even so, recommended.-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.