Re: Non-Instructional Golf Books"Chasing the Dream" by Harry Hurt
Having enjoyed "Paper Tiger", I picked this book up for more of that Walter Mitty-esgue fantasy that we all have. But I frankly didn't really care for "Chasing the Dream" much. I didn't find Hurt's writing style to be engaging. He sort of hunts back and forth between different perspectives of competitive golf, other personalities chasing the dream, and his own efforts to improve, but it rambles in the process. John Feinstein writes in a similar form and he crisply bounces around with a unifying theme, but Hurt doesn't seem to have that gift. In Tom Coyne's "Paper Tiger" he does a good job of describing the personal angst and inner demons that get in the way, but Hurt again misses in putting the reader into his cleats and give a feel for the pyschological challenges. I'm normally a pretty fast reader (I'll finish a typical novel in a few hours), but it took me weeks to read "Chasing the Dream" as I just couldn't get into it and read more than a half chapter at a time.
Despite the above, it is worth reading for those who can't get enough golf, as there is enough substance and tips to make it worth the slog. Just don't expect to put it on the shelf of your favorites.