Best Non-Fiction Books to Read: The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever (Mark Frost)

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The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever is a book written by famous sports author Mark Frost. While it may seem dull to read a book about golf (especially if you are not interested in it), Frost is such a great writer that he makes the book both factual and entertaining to read.

Readers who enjoy golf will definitely enjoy The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever more than readers who do not enjoy golf. Although Frost dumbs down some of the golf terminology (as well as focusing more on the history/background of the players rather than the match itself), readers who do not play/know about golf may not understand some of the topics discussed in the book.

The subject of The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever is a game played between Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson vs. Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. I had never previously heard of the match, but from the way Frost describes it, it seems like the match really did change the future of golf forever.

One of the topics discussed in the book is the idea of amateurism in golf, and how important of a role it used to play in golf. Nowadays, every famous golfer in the world is a professional who plays golf for money; however, in the mid 1950s, the profession of golf was not looked upon highly, and amateurs who played golf purely for the enjoyment of the game were thought of more highly than professionals. As the game continued to grow though, professional golfers started to make more and more money, and it became harder for the amateurs to beat the pros; the last stand of the amateurs was in this match between Nelson and Hogan vs. Venturi and Ward. Nelson and Hogan were two of the best pro golfers in the world, while Venturi and Ward were two of the best amateurs in the world.

In The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever, you will learn about the epic match played between the teams, and how it ultimately brought golf closer to the sport it has become.

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever Recommendation Rating: 4

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for

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