Bobby Rusher On The Origins of How To Line Up Your Fourth Putt

Bobby Rusher is the author of couple of pretty funny satirical golf “instruction manuals”: How To Line Up Your Fourth Putt and When To Regrip Your Ball Retriever (You can read the reviews here). Below, he describes how the books came to be:

Hands down, my friend George wins the prize as the primary inspiration for the comic Training Manuals on the game of golf from Bobby Rusher.

We were playing yet another of our highly competitive matches at a low level of competence, having agreed at the outset that if one of us broke 100 and the other didn’t then that would be an automatic $5 win.  The use of constant banter during play was also approved in advance.  Of course, Mulligans and Shapiros were always included as two of the major tools of play.

Anyway, on the second hole, I shot a nine.  George then said, “Bobby, you’d better read my book.”  I said, “Oh yeah?  What book?”  And he said:  “How to line up your fourth putt.”  I quipped that he really was such a brilliant humorist.  And I called him a large bunker-butt.  He laughed and said that just looking at me made him shank, and he called me a shank-faced nitwit, further suggesting that I was light in the loafers.

On the next hole, I suggested to him that he should readmy book, and he enquired as to its title, to which I replied:  “How to duck hook from the bunker and still get home in 10.”  He smirked and took out a three-iron in order to flub a slightly uphill lie about five yards forward.  I said, “You’re still away, Georgie,” and he said, “I’m taking a mulligan.”  I said that was allowed only on the tee, but he replied that he was taking one of his two traveling Mulligans, “or,” he said, “Have you forgotten, my friend, about the travelers?”  I said ok, but added that he needed a lesson on how to get more distance off the shank.  He said that he considered me to be a bogey-brained chili-dipper.

This continued for the entire 7-hour round.  I forget who won.  But on the plane ride home I sat with a gin & tonic and wrote down as many “How To’s” as I could.  This list became the Table of Contents for the first book.  I eagerly showed the list to my wife when I got home, and told her I was going to write a book!  She said, “Great, honey.  Great.”

The rest is history.


6 thoughts on “Bobby Rusher On The Origins of How To Line Up Your Fourth Putt”

  1. Therein lies the problem: “This continued for the entire 7-hour round.”  How would you like to be behind those idiots?  Okay, he may be exaggerating a bit of the dialogue and action.  Maybe it was only 6 hours.

  2. Bobby,

    What do you do if lie three on the ladies tee instead of two? Does that change one’s stratgey to win the hole in match play? Please advise!!


  3. Bobby Rusher’s Response, via email to Bob’s question:

    There are three choices in this very likely situation:

    1.    Say to your opponent, “Please, a little silence if you don’t mind?  I have to concentrate if I’m going to successfully fade this next shot, ok?”
    2.    Say “Hank, can you please watch me closely on this next shot? Maybe I’m not finishing my sway before I begin my lunge.”
    3.    Ask your opponent: “if I duck hook from here, can I still get home in 10?”


    President & Chief 4-Putter
    R. Paul Rusher & Co. LLC
    16 Church Street
    Southport, CT 06890
    Tel:  203-256-1686
    Fax: 203-549-0792

  4. And don’t forget … you can also learn from HOW TO LINE UP YOUR FOURTH PUTT:  “How to get more distance off the shank.”  And from WHEN TO REGRIP YOUR BALL RETRIEVER, you will learn, among other things:  What it means when you are given a tee-time of 11:07 on the last day of the tournament, and the awards ceremony is just after lunch.”


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