Teacher’s Comments: A humorous and insightful trip through nine holes with the good Doctor and his friends.
Golf Sucks and Then You Die is probably not the best title for this book by Harvard trained psychiatrist Jack Weltner. The phrase implies a sense of despair and hopelessness, but the book is anything but. It is instead an uplifting read, full of gentle observations. For example:
“Every shot, like every dear friend is a treasure. Let them go deep inside.”
Weltner, currently 77, is trying to hit his age, and “Golf Sucks” is a sort of one-day snapshot of his pursuit. Unlike many tales of a golfers’ chase of a particular score, however, Weltner does not descent into obsession or pathos. He is obviously fully aware of the golf gods’ capricious nature, and is willing to take what the game gives. And the game gives a lot.
“Golf Sucks” is a slim volume (60 pages), with lots of white space, and a large cartoon on every facing page, so it’s a very quick read.
This would be a good gift for the golfer who has everything.