In this enlightening and practical book of brief essays, author James Ragonnet focuses on total growth. According to Ragonnet, few golfers ever manage to lower their scores, improve their skills, achieve their full potential, or ultimately attain peace of mind, despite expending enormous amounts of energy, time, and money. Sadly, most golfers experience only a short buzz of initial growth followed by a protracted and frustrating period of stagnation. Simply stated, golfers (unlike cyclists, weight lifters, or most other athletes) tend to stagnate. An experienced teacher and learning specialist, Ragonnet addresses this thorny problem. To truly grow, Ragonnet insists, golfers must learn the fine art of "playing awake." By nourishing their powers of awareness, golfers become able to observe accurately, interpret correctly, and remediate effectively exactly what's happening around them. At the book's core are three Buddhism-related truths: awareness , balance , and unity . The book consists of such entertaining chapters as "Spinning Your Wheels," "Dead People Don't Play Golf," "No Mind, Right Mind," "The Four Kinds of Horses," "Deep Longing," "Be Thou a Happy Golfer?" Each chapter, focusing on growth, guides readers to become not only the best golfer but also the best person possible. As the book's growing golfing and non-golfing audience attests, this is not your average golf book. This book says something first, something different, and something better.