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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

On The FRINGE...

Gregory Barton: The Golf Guy who Writes great books!

Pilots an golf just seem to go together, and for those who carry clubs around the world on their trips show a bit more dedication than most. But when you’re going to be stationed in Jakarta for a month—why not?

This is where I learned to golf. How could I not with four of the best teachers? “Your legs are too close together,” one captain said. “Your legs are too far apart,” another chimed in. “Use the power of your body as you swing,” a flight engineer added. “Make sure you look at the ball.” You know how those pilots are—always telling you how to do it better.

I had more help than I knew what do with. But despite their gallant efforts I proceeded to hook the ball—it flew to the left on the driving range. And then one of the captains’ said, “Try my clubs.” His clubs happened to be left-handed and my problem was solved. I just used them like I hit backhand on the racquetball court and it straightened out. Perfect! 110 yards—not far, but straight. For all avid golfers you know I wasn’t really swinging the club properly. I think the comment would be “more body, less arm.”

True Golf Story: A 747 Northwest Airlines captain had to give up golfing for a few years after he lost his clubs—he threw them into the water. Every golfer has a story.

Greg and his sons

What could be better than giving that golfer in your life a compilation of golf stories?

Gregory G. Barton’s book, ON THE FRINGE and other uncommon tales of golf, was a fun read. I’m thinking this may be the gift to give that person who has everything—except the perfect game.

This well written book is filled with golf stories that only a true golfer could enjoy. If you know a golfer, or you yourself swing a club, leave a comment and share your story, or just tell G.B. hello and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win an autographed book for you, or someone you love—and just in time for Christmas.

Please follow Greg on Twitter at @GGuilfordBarton He would love to hear from you.

More great news… The kindle edition of Greg’s book The Nimble Men, golf is no ordinary game, is now available. This is a single story out of the compilation of stories. Click HERE for an easy download.

Do you have a golf story you’d like to share? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered into the drawing for an autographed copy of ON THE FRINGE and other uncommon tales of golf...

Drawing to be held on December 22nd

If you can't wait for the drawing, you can also purchase a copy of ON THE FRINGE and other uncommon tales of golf by clicking HERE.

Enjoy the Journey.

XOX Karlene


  1. I'm not a golfer, but as I get older I see the pleasure of the sport more clearly. Great to be outdoors, moving with a purpose, breathing the fresh air. Thanks for sharing this--it gave me a great image.

  2. I think this book would be a fantastic gift for my brother-in-law or his son -- both vivid golfers!

  3. Linda, maybe we should go play one day. Martinis' first? :)

  4. Great Angela! I know some golfers that would love it too. Thanks so much for your comment.

  5. I know just the person ON THE FRINGE would be perfect for. What a lovely surprise for him if I were so fortunate.


  6. Marybelle, Thank you for the comment! And good luck on the drawing. The perfect book always needs to be in the perfect hands!

  7. Take me with you! I don't know a thing about golfing except how not to do it. :D

  8. Christine, I know how not to do it too. But we're all teachable. :) If we can make planes fly, we can make golf balls fly too!

  9. This is nice post.All this post is interesting and lovely . I like this all content. Thank,s to the writer for writing this post.
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    1. Thank you so much for the nice comment. You will love the book too!


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