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Paper Tiger: An Obsessed Golfer's Quest to Play with the Pros

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  151 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The riotously funny story of one weekend golfer who lived the dream—devoting a full year to nothing but the quixotic quest to qualify at the PGA Q-School

A lifelong golfer and former caddy, Tom Coyne could drive the ball 300 yards but always struggled against stiff competition; he had often wondered whether the pros won because they were more innately talented or just bec

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Gotham
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Brad Larsen
Interesting treatment of the standard golfer's question: "if I took a year and did nothing but golf, how good could I get?"

I liked the narrative feel of the story - as if I was sitting at the bar listening to the author tell it. There ultimately was something missing from the story and from the golf game. I had trouble staying interested through the end. It just didn't flow.
Andy Valen
Marginal. This guy tries to make the PGA tour...and fails. But he proposes to his girlfriend at the end as if you are supposed to feel like you didn't waste your time reading this book. Another thing I didn't like was that he slips in that his girlfriend is hot numerous times. That seemed to annoy me for some reason. It seemed like he was saying, "Yeah, I didn't make the PGA tour...I didn't even do anything of note for the past year except waste peoples money...but I have a girlfriend - and she ...more
This was a very interesting book about a talented golfer devoting himself to golf and seeing if he could play with the big boys. For any golf fan, it shows the marginal difference between the good players and the great players. It also shows the sacrafice needed to really compete with the Phil's and Tiger's of the world. A great read!
Jamie Gallagher
As someone who has been around the game of golf for 20 years. I feel like I have known 5 to 10 people who could of tried this. Just give up life for a year a dedicate it to your golf game. None could of written about as well as Tom. This is a must read for any golf fan.
Becki Tooley
I bought this to better understand Golfers. I was impressed with the insight and the beautiful way the preparation for a round of play was written. I am still not a golfer, but perhaps I will try to swing a stick soon. Good Read.
Becoming a golf pro is harder than one might think. I loved reading about Tom Coyne's quest for Q School. Any golfer will enjoy this book and wish they could take a year off to live and breath the game.
Phil Simon
Rarely do I laugh out loud reading books. This was one of those times. I could relate on some level, being an amateur hack. Amazing story.
This is just a really nice book about finding out what's important in life. I liked it a lot. I will read more from Tom Coyne.
Jared Ober
Coyne is an EXCELLENT writer. Had a nice flair without being overly glib. Really seems to connect with the reader.
This is like imagining how you would spend a lottery win for golfers.

5 stars, very humorous. My second Coyne book-loved it.
Vince Carter
Vivid glimpse at coming to appreciate how good those guys are!
Tim Morgan
Well written and what every good folder thinks. A fun read.
Scott Korljan
Recommend if you like the game of golf. If not, don't bother.
Strong start, weak ending.
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