It is human nature to try and hit a golf ball as hard as you can and to look up while doing so. It is also human nature to be jealous, possessive, greedy, selfish, thoughtless and eager to the point of violence.
Part sport, part open-air struggle against the baser instincts, golf enchants and torments our sense of self like no other leisure activity--how often a gentle round mutates into a 18-hole prosecution of the soul.
Step forward, M Scott Peck--author of the bestselling self-help book of all time The Road Less Travelled--to offer a few pointers on your mental attitude. Resist the urge to beat him briskly about the face and neck with a lofted wood, because his Golf and the Spirit could change the way you think about the game forever.
Set over an imaginary round at Exotica Country Club--golf course of the mind--the book explores the mental machinations that lay behind your 10-yard drives and those occasional belters, finding ways to approach the sport that will have old hands and non-golfers alike eager to tee-off.
Long on developing the mental muscles to enjoy the game, and mercifully short on Americanised psycho-drivel, Scott Peck is a witty, insightful student of his own golfing strengths and weaknesses. If you're looking for advice on adjusting your swing plane for the short irons, look elsewhere. But if your most common post-shot reaction is an expletive-laden cry of anguish then this book could help put the fun back into golf.--Alex Hankin