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Four Iron in the Soul (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. April 1998

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Lawrence Donegan's tale of life as a golf caddy is a refreshing look at sport through the eyes of neither a star, a fan nor an outside observer.

Four-iron in the Soul is told from a fresh angle--that of a newcomer to golf and all its to-ings and fro-ings--a tale expertly told by the amusing ramblings of a man well travelled in his own chosen profession.

Donegan, a musician of "Lloyd Cole and the Commotions" and "Bluebells"(remember the staccato "Young at Heart"?) fame, and later journalist with the Guardian, put down his bass guitar and tucked his quill in his pocket to caddy for pro golfer Ross Drummond on the European Tour.

Donegan's childhood dream had been to become a professional footballer or golfer but after a brief flourish in his early years he abandoned his sporting aspirations.

That was until Drummond--by his own admission one of the competitors present more to make up the numbers in most tournaments--grudgingly agreed to let Donegan be his caddy.

Donegan points out that he was more of a bag carrier for the player ranked towards the bottom half of the world's top 500. He tells of the day when, researching an article, he first met Drummond and got bitten by the caddying bug.

Four-iron in the Soul is open and witty, blunt and hilarious all at once. It is an enjoyable read and a crisp, original insight into the game of golf. --Andrea Thursday


In this very funny sports book (a cross between Nick Hornby and Bill Bryson) young journalist Lawrence Donegan tells the story of the summer he spent caddying for Scottish golfer Ross Drummond, ranked over 400 in the world, on the European Tour. This is the inside story of the geniuses,the cheats, the gurus and the hangers-on that make up the golf scene. 'A joy to read. Not since Bill Bryson plotted a random route through small-town America has such a breezy idea for a book had a happier or funnier result' - Lynne Truss, "The Times". 'Funny, beautifully observed and it tells you things about sport in general and golf in particular that nobody else had thought to pass on' - Patrick Collins, "Mail on Sunday".

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living the dream 9. November 2006
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i am not a golf fan and the closest i have ever got to the game,is the pitch and put at whitby,but never the less,i am a fan of lawrence donegans books.

all his books are about living the dream,from california,to ireland to being a caddy at a golf tournament.four iron in the soul,captures a moment in a mans life when,he actually pushes himself to something he always wanted to do,to partake in a pro golf tournament,sadly not as a golfer,but as the next best thing,a caddy.

even if you are not a golf fan,you can relate to moments in this book,as its a travelling life,interspersed with characters ,you can only meet in a life style like caddying.the books an eye opener,an emotional roller coaster of laughs and tantrums,its a book ,that once you pick up,you won,t put it down till you have read the last page.
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Best Golf Book Ever! 20. März 2010
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Okay, perhaps the title overstates the case a little, but nonetheless this is a surprisingly compelling read. If you like golf at all, and like good writing, this book is for you. Donegan is witty, quick-tongued, and pulls the story along nicely, as one might expect from a pop star (think Lloyd Cole and the Commotions) turned journalist. Caddying for Ross Drummond on the European Tour for a year seems very college-pranky, but after you get over the snark factor and get into the tale you will find (as I did) that the book is hard to put down.
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Entertaining, if now somewhat dated, look at a caddies' life on the European Tour 28. Dezember 2013
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Take a journalist who is a mediocre weekend golfer with no experience as a caddy, hook him up to caddy for a mediocre professional golfer – then set them loose in the world of the European Tour ( a 2nd-string imitation of the PGA Tour ) and watch what happens.

Oddball characters and offbeat antics ensue when Glasgow-based journalist Lawrence Donegan goes on the road to caddy for Scottish golf pro Ross Drummond – ranked 438th in the world – but the hilarity wears thin after a few chapters. Yes, we get it – the Tour is an odd place, pro golfers are self-entitled dilettantes at best, neurotic self-obsessives at worst, and their caddies are the modern-day equivalent of Wellington’s 19th-century British Army – "scum" drawn from the lowest ranks of society. It's fun for a while, but it gets old before you get to the end of the book.
Well-written account of a caddy 5. Juli 2014
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This is one of those "joy to read" books that hooks you from the first page. In fact, all it takes in this case is the first sentence:

"The first thing to understand about caddying is that it's not brain surgery. It is more complicated than that."

Factor in the obligatory pre-chapter quotes --- from both Cervantes and Bobby Jones --- and you realize you are about to read a far-from-dull account of life on the pro golf tour. Donegan spent a year --- a "season" if you will --- on the European Tour back in the early 1990s and survived the experience with damaging his mind, body, and soul. I think it helps to be a fan of golf to enjoy this book, but Donegan's writing is so engaging, and often funny, that I think it certainly could have a wider appeal among readers who have never hit the links. I love the way that Donegan eloquently describes the not-so-glamorous nomadic life as a touring caddy, particularly working for a golf pro who is not a star. After reading this book, you will eager to read more books by Donegan, even his account of working as a used car salesman in California.

As an aside, Donegan used to be a bass player for Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, a band that had a sizeable following around the world in the 1980s, and before that he was a member of The Bluebells, a much more obscure band, but one that is well worth hearing. In fact, you can find a Bluebells "Best of" CD here on Amazon.
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