It's Only a Game: Words of Wisdom from a Lifetime in Golf

It's Only a Game: Words of Wisdom from a Lifetime in Golf

by Jackie Burke, Guy Yocom


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Legendary player and teacher Jackie Burke is the preeminent elder statesman of American golf. A PGA Champion, a Masters Champion, a Vardon Trophy winner, and a PGA Player of the Year, he won four consecutive tournaments in 1952; and is a winner of seventeen events on the PGA Tour, a five-time Ryder Cup member (twice as captain), and a member of the PGA, Texas Golf, and World Golf Halls of Fame. Before leaving the PGA Tour he cofounded (with Jimmy Demaret) the world-famous Champions Golf Club (host of the Ryder Cup, U.S. Amateur, and five PGA Tour Championships) and has instructed students including Phil Mickelson, Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Ben Crenshaw, and many other PGA Tour pros in a career that has spanned seven decades.

Reverberating with the straight-talking Texas wisdom that could only come from Jackie Burke, It’s Only a Game will bring the words of this venerable sage to everyone who loves the links. Spiced with anecdotes from a long and illustrious career, this stirring book features pithy insights on the nature of competition and the erosion of amateur play. Burke goes on the record about profit-minded equipment manufacturers and self-promoting golf gurus. His provocative topics include insight into why the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup team suffered its worst defeat ever (Burke was a cocaptain), the alarmingly high cost of playing public and resort courses, country clubs that stress cosmetic appearances over the playing of the game, and a host of other topics. He also provides no-nonsense, time-tested secrets for improving anyone’s golf game, based not on shallow “tips” but on a well-rounded, sensible approach to the game that he began developing before the Great Depression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592401161
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/23/2006
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,158,523
Product dimensions: 7.72(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 18 - 13 Years

About the Author

Jackie Burke, Jr. was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004 he received the Bob Jones Award from the U.S. Golf Association for distinguished sportsmanship, American golf’s highest award. His playing record includes seventeen PGA Tour victories, including the 1956 Masters and PGA Championship. He played on five Ryder Cup teams in the 1950s, serving as player-captain in 1957 and solo captain in 1973.
Guy Yocom is an awardwinning senior writer for Golf Digest and the coauthor of Tiger Woods’s How I Play Golf and Johnny Miller’s I Call the Shots.

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Acclaim for It’s Only a Game:
“Easily the best golf instructional-type book since Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book. . . . This book is a classic.”
—Bud Shrake, coauthor Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book

“Jackie is a warrior. He is a born competitor who meets every challenge head on, on and off the golf course. His values and integrity are unassailable, as pure as those of any man I've known.”
—Ben Crenshaw

“This book is pure Jackie, and I hope that from reading it you get some of the fulfillment and enjoyment he’s given to me and others over the years.”
—Steve Elkington

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