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Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: 2004
ISBN: 0-06-056278-1
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Genre: Non-Fiction – Sports
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Jeff Shelby
Reviewer Notes: Reviewer Jeff Shelby is the author of “Dead Week.” 

My Greatest Shot
The Top Players Share Their Defining Golf Moments
By Ron Cherney and Michael Arkush

     If you play golf, you can recall the best shot you’ve ever hit like you can recall your own name. It is one of those memories that lives in the recesses of every golfer’s mind and one of those things that every golfer hopes to be able to recreate the next time they step to the tee box.

     In My Greatest Shot, Ron Cherney and Michael Arkush asked the greatest golfers of our time to recount their greatest shots and this book is a compilation of the letters and responses they received. Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus are just three of the stars that responded to the inquiry. The letters are reprinted exactly as the authors received them – some typed, some handwritten, some short, some long – and they make for extremely compelling reading for all golf fans.

     Some of the shots described will be familiar to golf fans. Tom Watson lists his famous chip-in at the 1982 U.S. Open. Sergio Garcia describes his six-iron from the base of a tree at the 1999 PGA Championship. And Larry Mize recounts his shining moment in the sport, as he chipped in to win the 1987 Masters in sudden death.

     But the most intriguing and satisfying letters are about the shots that no one but the golfer would ever remember. Notah Begay tells how he made a hole in one when he was eleven years old, but no one was around to witness it. Brad Faxon remembers the shot that helped him earn a place on the 1995 Ryder Cup team. And Esteban Toledo tells in great detail of the remarkable birdie that finally got him through Q-School and earned him his PGA Tour card.

     And David Feherty, easily the funniest man in golf and maybe one of the funniest people on the planet, recounts a story about a shot that alone justifies the price of the book.

     This is a book written strictly for the ardent golf fan – even modest golf fans might find the details in the letters a little overwhelming. But for those that can’t get enough of the game, they would be hard pressed to find a better book that illustrates why so many people love the sport.