Golf's Holy War: The Battle for the Soul of a Game in an Age of Science

Backorder (temporarily out of stock)
1 other format in stock!

Product Details

$28.00  $25.76
Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
6.3 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.9 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Brett Cyrgalis is a veteran sports writer who worked for the New York Post for fourteen years, covering almost all major sporting events from the Stanley Cup final to the US Opens in golf and tennis. His work has also appeared in The New York Times and Golf Digest, among other publications. He is an accomplished golfer and lives on Long Island.


"Thought-provoking and comprehensive . . . The author is a serious, intellectually curious writer, and he incorporates quotes and references from many notables including Albert Einstein, William James, Babe Ruth, and Sigmund Freud. Golf's Holy War is truly unlike any golf book you have read, and one that will be talked about for some time."
--Les Shupak, The Met Golfer

"A fascinating look at where technological innovation and hallowed tradition meet in the golf world . . . An obvious hole-in-one for golfers and their coaches."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Brett Cyrgalis has written a highly entertaining, very smart book about a maddening, very stupid game. You should read it."
--James Patterson

"Somehow, this guy gathered an all-world foursome--Sigmund Freud, Babe Ruth, William James, Ben Hogan--in one book. That alone makes it worth the price of admission. Along the way, he goes deep on golf's most perplexing question: is the game an art, or a science? The answer is yes! Golf's Holy War shows and tells how and why with rare, true depth."
--Michael Bamberger

"Brett Cyrgalis understands that golf is about balancing dualities. Intellect and emotion, consciousness and unconsciousness, data and anecdote, art and science. The correct blends remain fluid and mysterious, although a recent tidal wave of advances has seen key elements of the game quantified like never before. Can golf's maddening code be cracked? Through penetrating portraits of a well-chosen collection of pivotal innovators--some famous, some obscure, all consequential and fascinating--Cyrgalis has expertly connected the right dots to contribute a sophisticated and timely state of the game. Of course the mystery endures, but rarely has a golf writer been as illuminating."
--Jaime Diaz

"There is intellectual power in solitude, and yet PGA Tour practice facilities are crowded with theorists, pseudo-scientists and teachers, making the practice ranges at Tour events not a place of discovery, but of danger. It's there that athletes are trading their genius for the ideas of others and losing the intuition that made them great. Golf's Holy War describes this battle like an entrenched journalist describing a war."
--Brandel Chamblee

"Golf's Holy War is a fascinating read for anyone who cares about the state of the contemporary game. A tidal wave of science has washed over the sport in recent years, threatening the foundations of the game's traditions and the defenders of its more mystical qualities. Brett Cyrgalis investigates the ripples it has caused, from the teaching of the golf swing, and the fitness and strategy of the game's best players, to the design and maintenance of golf courses."
--Tom Doak