In Search Of The Greatest Golf Swing: Chasing The Legend Of Mike Austin, The Man Who Launched The World'S Longest Drive And Taught Me To Hit Like A Pro
Publish Date: 2004-03-29
Author: Philip Reed
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Can you teach an ordinary golfer like me to drive the ball 300 yards? With this question sportswriter Philip Reeds search for the greatest golf swing begins. When Reed met ninety-year old Mike Austin, he knew that Austin held the record for the longest drive everan awesome 515-yard shot during a Senior PGA event. What he didnt know is that he was forging a bond with a man whose amazing life he has now chronicled in a book that is charming, funny, and wise. As Reeds tutelage under his cantankerous teacher begins, he learns of Austins winning wagers on trick shots, sharing a Hollywood apartment with Errol Flynn; giving secret lessons to Howard Hughes; and matching shots against Sam Snead and Ben Hogan. As Reed's drives get longer, Austins health worsens. Mike soon suffers a stroke that silences him, but Reed is sure that Mike wants someone to tell his storyof a man who could do one thing better than anyone else, who possessed the most prodigious golf swing ever. This book is not just for golfers, but for all readers who savor heartwarming stories of unexpected friendships and are eager to learn secrets of living life to the fullest.