The Old Man and the Tee

How I Took Ten Strokes Off My Game and Learned to Love Golf All Over Again

Turk Pipkin; Forward by David Leadbetter

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As a kid caddying for his father on the sunburned links of West Texas, Turk Pipkin had dreamed of great achievements in golf. Unfortunately, life got in the way. A lack of talent didn't help much either. It was not until his father passed away that Turk realized he'd forgotten his childhood dream and had lost the simple joy he'd once found in the game.
Deciding that the time for all his pitiful golf excuses was past, Turk embarked upon the golf quest of a lifetime. For twelve months, he'd ignore work and other distractions, and dedicate himself to the game. He'd seek instruction from golf's greatest teachers, put the best equipment in his bag, and play the world's finest courses. His seemingly impossible goal was to take ten strokes off his 16-handicap.

With lessons from David Leadbetter, Dave Pelz, and Ben Crenshaw, and with spiritual guidance from great old men like Willie Nelson, George Plimpton, and Byron Nelson, Turk's epic journey carries him from Pebble Beach to Scotland and back again, where he risks everything on one final round for his father.

Follow Turk on the journey of a lifetime, and learn to love golf-and life- all over again.

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Praise for The Old Man and the Tee

“With spiritual guidance from Willie Nelson and golf lessons from David Leadbetter, the author sets out on a hilarious quest to drop ten strokes from his game and learn a little bit about life in the process.”
---Esquire magazine
“Pipkin’s West Texas dry wit and knack for storytelling, make this a most enjoyable year to follow him around.”
---The Austin Chronicle
“The best golf quest since Don Quixote birdied the windmill hole!”---Willie Nelson
“This bouncing, quixotic quest is hole-in-one reading for anyone who loves the game---or hates their own game and would love to love it more.”
---American Way Magazine
“Thanks to Pipkin’s delightful self-deprecating humor (he is a former stand-up comic) and to his genuine humility in the face of so complex a game, this is one golf memoir that engenders more sympathy than envy.”
“Breezy and enjoyable memoir.”
---Publishers Weekly
The Old Man and the Tee is a must for anyone who hasn’t played with Willie Nelson and has given up this stupid game more than once.”
---David Feherty, bestselling author of A Nasty Bit of Rough and Somewhere in Ireland, a Village is Missing an Idiot
“A lot of fun to read. Turk Pipkin sets his course upon a voyage of vastly
improving his golf game and discovers a renewed sense of life itself.”
---Ben Crenshaw, professional golfer and Masters winner
“Turk Pipkin is the most passionate golf nut I know. This book proves it. He actually thinks the game is fun.”
---Dan Jenkins, author of Rude Behavior, Semi Tough, and Fairways and Greens
“Turk Pipkin goes on the quest that all amateur golfers dream of but few dare
to do---take a year off from life to cut ten strokes from his game. Go on this
trip with him and you will improve your own game, meet some interesting
people around the world, and have a grand adventure.”
---Bud Shrake, coauthor of Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book

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About the Author

Turk Pipkin; Forward by David Leadbetter

Turk Pipkin has been a stand-up comedian and actor, appearing in Christopher Guest’s Waiting for Guffman, as well as The Sopranos, The Alamo, and Friday Night Lights. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Fast Greens and has written for CBS, NBC, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Travel + Leisure Golf, Playboy, and Texas Monthly. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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The Old Man and the Tee
How I Took Ten Strokes Off My Game and Learned to Love Golf All Over Again
Turk Pipkin; Forward by David Leadbetter

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312320850
ISBN10: 031232085X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
January 2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466862920
ISBN10: 1466862920
288 pages

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