Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger Summary

"Think country-club clinic meets Navy Seals training. I will pay any price, bear any burden, leave my home to follow the seasons, build my own swing studio in the basement, construct a practice green in my backyard. . . . Everything the big boys have access to, I want double." Like most amateur golfers, Tom Coyne had often wondered whether the pros won because they were more talented or because they were more obsessed. Overweight and burdened by a 14 handicap, he decided to find out for himself what it takes to play like a pro.
Charting his journey, which included hiring top golf gurus such as Dr. Jim Suttie—Paper Tiger takes readers from the Michelob tournament (a win for Tom) to the Australian Tour—where forty-mile-per-hour winds and a driving rain scare off his Japanese partners. With each chapter, he tracks his weight alongside his handicap, pursuing his dream with a reckless abandon that comes to involve hardcore diets, pricey technology, even psychologists. With echoes of Dead Solid Perfect and Who's Your Caddy? Tom brings his uniquely edgy, deeply human perspective to a game that can simultaneously bring out the best and the worst in everyone who tries to master it.

Book Reviews


Humorous and Informative5 star

Great book for any golfer who thinks they have what it takes to play with the pros.55


Great book!5 star

Fantastic read for the golf lover!55


Loved this book5 star

As a fellow person who's passionate about golf I can say this book has given me a fun new insight onto how hard it really is to make it. I laughed hysterically a few times, and wish I had the balls (no pun intended) to take a leap of faith at just about anything and put as much passion as Tom Coyne has into his golf experience. What a great read.55

Taylor Norton

Must Read for avid golfers5 star

Great book55


Paper Tiger5 star

Really easy read! Enjoyed every chapter and the story flowed very well. I would encourage anyone who is considering the same path the author took to give this book a read , you won't be disappointed.55


Best book I read in 10 years5 star

Worth it. Makes you want to try and make the tour.55

Other Books by Tom Coyne

A Course Called Ireland


A Course Called Ireland
5     81
A Course Called America


A Course Called America
4.5     37
A Course Called Scotland


A Course Called Scotland
5     65

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