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The Buddha’s seven years of wandering in search of enlightenment ended in frustration. So did the author’s thirty years of traversing golf courses. Neither found what they were looking for until they stopped searching outside and started looking within. The result for James Ragonnet was the kind of “second birthday” Eastern thinkers describe when “you wake up to everything happening around you.” Through delightful anecdotes and practical lessons, Ragonnet reveals the power of awareness, balance, and unity to banish the dissatisfaction and stagnation so many golfers experience. He shows how “all golf Buddhas — Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Tiger Woods — play with their outer and inner eyes wide open,” describes his twelfth-green OOGE (“out-of-golf-experience”), and offers readers simple truths that prompt flashes of understanding. These insights invite birdies, drop handicaps, and transform experience both on and off the course.
Now in paperback, this edition includes two chapters of all new material.
“If you play golf, you have to read this book. It will help you understand the game better than you ever have before.”
— Mike Greenberg, cohost of ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning
“James Ragonnet’s book will rouse you from your golfing slumber and awaken your golfing potential. This book is fun to read as well as thought-provoking.”
— J. Michael Veron, author of The Greatest Player Who Never Lived
“I enjoyed this book. I applied many of the meditation precepts when I coached Justin Rose to three victories, including the 2007 European Order of Merit. I can testify that this book worked wonders for coaching this player.”
— Nick Bradley, author of The 7 Laws of the Golf Swing
“This book has wisdom that will help both your game and your life. What more could you ask for?”
— Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
“A new voice for an ancient game. Ragonnet’s insight opens doors and breaks down barriers. The lessons he teaches produce not only better golfers but better people, too.”
— Bo Links, author of Follow the Wind and Riverbank Tweed
“Ragonnet...allows golf and life to illuminate each other with humor and zest. Highly recommended.”
— Library Journal