Thursday, October 18

Podcast: Talking Ben Hogan, Jack Fleck, 1950s Tour, Greatest Upset

FRED GREENE HOSTS GOLF SMARTER, one of the top golf podcasts on the Internet. Beginning in 2005, Fred has done more than 300 episodes with all types of golf gurus—instructors, architects, mental coaches and more—as well as writers and authors such as yours truly.

On Monday (published on Tuesday), Fred and I had a free-ranging conversation about topics related to my book, THE LONGEST SHOT: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf’s Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open, which published in May (Thomas Dunne Books-St. Martin’s Press). I can tell you that doing a podcast is quite different than those 10-minute radio segments. Fred threw out a question or a thought and told me to run with it.

LINKS:
Golf Smarter podcast with Neil Sagebiel, author of THE LONGEST SHOT
Golf Smarter via iTunes

I provide a sketch of Hogan and Fleck—both of whom you discover (or perhaps in the case of Hogan, rediscover) in depth in THE LONGEST SHOT. I tell about the economics of the early PGA Tour, including a recent anecdote I heard about Doug Sanders. I also talk about the legends I interviewed for the book and how I was able to reconstruct the dramatic 1955 U.S. Open, which was the first of five Opens played at the Olympic Club. And more!

If you’re a regular or occasional reader of this blog or if you’ve already read THE LONGEST SHOT and are even slightly curious about the guy behind both the blog and the book, I hope you’ll give it a listen. It’s free—at least the first 30 minutes. (Fred also offers premium content for a very reasonable subscription fee.)

I also encourage you to pick up THE LONGEST SHOT for yourself or as a gift. It’s available in hardcover and ebook versions, Kindle or Nook. Please see links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more in the sidebar to the right.

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