About The Book
Welcomed as a classic on its original publication, Dogleg Madness is more wide-ranging and comprehensive than any other book on the game of golf, covering the metaphysics and mechanics of the sport; course design; life on the pro tour and the frustrations of weekend golf; the great Scottish courses; and legendary players. A winning, witty writer and a knowledgeable, experienced reporter, Mike Bryan here provides the best explanation yet of why so many of us are consumed by the desire to master this maddening game.
“The thrill of the first tee shot of the U.S. Open, the agony of the shank on the muni course–they’re all here in Mike Bryan’s Dogleg Madness, an account of the author’s love affair with golf . . . .Whether addressing the holy coils of Saint Andrews or the baked fairways of a nine-hole ranch in Ozona, Texas, he evokes the spirit of golf as well as any current writer.” –Playboy
“Dogleg Madness is not only an amusing and edifying book for the true believer, but one that finally de-baffles the game of golf for the bemused skeptic and even the reprobate cynic . . . . Bryan, himself a self-avowed hacker with a beautiful swing, works his way through the mysteries of the game, illustrating them with apt insights from his years on the links with duffers and champions.” –San Francisco Examiner
“Mike Bryan’s name should now be added to a short list that includes the late Bernard Darwin, the New Yorker‘s Herbert Warren Wind, and Michael Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom. . . .To golfers, [Bryan’s musings] will strike a chord as resonant as the sound of a cleanly hit long iron.” –Booklist
“A savvy, sprightly, and loving golf memoir.” –Kirkus Reviews