The Downhill Lie
Will He Ever Feel Good About Golf?
One of the hardest things about golf is quitting for 30 years, than playing well when you’re 50. This is exactly what Carl Hiaasen did. We will follow his journey returning to golf, and let’s see what happens.
The Downhill Lie by Carl Hiaasen is a great memoir about this fantastic author’s golf life. In 2007, Carl Hiaasen’s journey with the game started in Florida. Mike Lupica, David Feherety, and Mark Leibo help Carl with his golf outings. I giv ...more
It is unfortunate, then. to see him turn his immense talents into a book as poorly crafted and humorless as is The Downhill Lie. The only value I can see in this book might be to pad Mr. Hiassen's wallet. There are enough people who will bu ...more
Turning his eye to the non-fiction realm, Hiassen looks at his taking up the game of golf again after a 32-year break. Hiassen's look at how the game can grow into an obsession is wonderfully witty, wryly observed and self-deprecating. The great part is that Hiassen doesn't take himself too seriously, allowing the reader to experience the highs and lows of trying to play the game of golf. ...more
Long Version: The short version above represents more accurate summarization than snarky criticism. ”A Downhill Lie grows out of a golf journal Hiaasen keeps during a roughly 18 month return to the activity of golf in which he details his deteriorating play, efforts to remedy it and the emotional toll it takes on him. The book lacks true literary merit – it isn’t particularly funny or
I think its great. I can't compare it to his other works yet, but on its own its pretty funny. I love jargon laced descriptions of sporting events (Grishams "Bleachers" comes to mind here), so his accounts of his games and the tournament were great.
Even better were the times he either remembered something about his fat ...more
Hiaasen decided to get back into golf after decades away and spent a year and a half, a sizable chunk of change, and many hours of frustration trying to get his stroke back. I knew I'd like him from the first line of the preface: "There are so many people to blame for this book that it's hard to know where to begin."
What makes this memoir better than the Q School slog ...more
I did not love this book. Actually, I didn’t even like this book, which is the equivalent of the author blowing a 2-inch putt, uphill.
Most of this memoir has all the pizazz of a dieter’s logbook—sliced it here, flubbed a chip, made a seven-footer to save par. Then the next hole. Who cares? And the few interesting stories have the author bludgeoning sm ...more
I don't know anything about Carl Hiaasen and his previous books. What I do know is this book speaks to anyone who's had a remote difficulty with the game. So many of his stories were practically my autobiography with the sport of golf, despite my 30 years of age difference between myself and the author. I laughed out loud more times than I can remember during this book.
This book is the real ...more
As a hacker in his teens, he had given up golf until mid-life. This book is a diary of his efforts to exceed his best teen score, having wondered what it would be like to play the game again.
It's a fast read, and anyone who has ever attempted to play the game will chuckle and smiloe with each turn of the page.
I'm sending my copy to my brother first ( a good golfer) with a note that he send it t ...more
I enjoyed it... and it will help me to keep the game in perspective... ok - done, now I'm going to play a quick 9 holes....
Thanks Kate f ...more
Readers are able to see the comedy of errors in his life and meet the people that join him in this journey. It is equal parts biography ...more
Who knew, though, that Carl H. Is such an introvert and a 1-800 junkie? The things we learn.
Anyway, don't let lack of golf knowledge keep you from this ...more
Author: Carl Hiaasen
I'm not a golfer but I do like Carl Hiaasen's novels so I soldiered through this one. Not recommended for non-golfers!
Ever wonder how to retrieve a sunken golf cart from a snake-infested lake? Or which club in your bag is best suited for combat against a horde of rats? If these and other sporting questions are gnawing at you, The Downhill Lie, Carl Hiaasen’s hilarious confessional about returning to the fairways ...more
For anyon ...more
However, there is a nice mix of reminiscing about playing with his Dad when he was younger, and enjoying his son's interest in the ga ...more
I just don't get the golf addiction thing. Maybe it's that I'm not a perfectionist or maybe it's that I like ...more
Anyway, in Florida alligators are considered lateral water hazards and local wildlife can and do fly off with your ball. Consult with the USGA rulebook to see how tho ...more
Mostly, Hiassen describes his frustration at the difficulty of the game while he pokes fun at his own highly inflated expectations for how he will score on the course. He spices the narrative by including funny stories about his friends in golf, David Feherty and Mike L ...more