Guest Author - Letta Meinen
This book is written by Don J. Snyder in dairy format from December 2006 to February 2012 which covers his experience of learning to become a caddie for his son playing in the Pro golf events. The book called Walking With Jack Ė A fatherís Journey to Become his Sonís Caddie is a detailed account of this adventure. Don is an author and has written many books and this one is a personal account of wanting to encourage his son to excel as a golfer.
I ordered this book as I love golf stories and this book covered an area I had little knowledge about of the golf caddie situation. The author was relating this tale from his own experience covering being a writer and learning the trade of a caddie. The story is long and covers 336 pages and there were sections that I thought rambled on far too long. Included in this story is how the author includes his personal life with his family and friends he meets on this journey.
I could never understand why he decided to move to Scotland where he would learn the trade of a caddie on the rugged courses at St. Andrews. He does explain that he spent most of a year in Scotland writing one of his books and lived in a room overlooking the old course. He goes in a lot of detail about his writing and his life with his family. I did enjoy the descriptions of the weather and the hardship of walking the golf course in cold and rainy weather. It was during these winter months that golfers from all over the world wanted to come to Scotland and play at St. Andrews.
Donís reason to learn to caddie was to give his son the incentive to be able to compete on the Pro golf tour. He would caddie for him if he makes it and he does get the chance in the Pro Tour and the last section of the book is their experience in Houston Texas and the elimination of the golfers during the 2011 season. This is where Don becomes an old golfer relating every stroke hole by hole that his son accomplishes. It reminded me of my husband when after a good round I had to listen to stroke by stroke of the entire eighteen holes.
There are good golf parts to this book and of Don Snyderís days in Scotland, the people he meets as a caddie and of players who came to play St. Andrews. The rough weather and conditions he lives in so he can send money home. He has an understanding family and wife and Don does let you know how he feels about his family and his writing.