Swing Vote

Swing Vote

As captain at DePauw, Quayle was a scratch player.
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In May the Wall Street Journal asked me to review
John Feinstein’s new golf
book, Inside Q School: Tales
from Golf’s Fifth Major,
and I
thought, Why not? I had read
and liked several of Feinstein’s
books and, like many golfers, I
enjoy reading about the game
almost as much as playing it.

Everyone remembers Feinstein’s
1986 best seller on Bob
Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers, A
Season on the Brink
. (Coach
Knight once gave me a capsule
review that’s unprintable.)
I enjoyed A Season on the
as well as Feinstein’s A
Good Walk Spoiled
, which to
me ranks up there with the
greats: Harvey Penick’s Little
Red Book
; The Legend of Bagger
; the unforgettable
Golf in the Kingdom; Dead
Solid Perfect
(what a great
title); my fellow hoosier Pete
Dye’s Bury Me in a Pot Bunkerand even Rick Reilly’s books,
which crack me up.

Tales from Q School struck
me as good but not great, with
so much on-course detail that
its anecdotes can blur together.
“I suspect that many fans
of A Good Walk Spoiled will
find themselves longing for
that book’s adept storytelling,”
I wrote in my review.
Still, I recommended Tales
from Q School

to devoted golfers,
and I know from friends
that I helped Feinstein sell a
few books.

As for my own golf, it’s a
work in progress. I have loved
the sport since I was eight, and
while I was never a great player,
I had some game —captained
my college team at DePauw,
won the Congressional Golf
Tournament, got my handicap
down to scratch. Then I had
back surgery in 2004 and began
shooting more 80s than 70s.

Now, at 60, I’m on the comeback
trail. I have a wealth of instruction
books: Ben Hogan’s
Five Lessons, Dr. Joseph
Zen Golf, David Lee’s
Gravity Golf
and books by
David Leadbetter, Jim Flick
and my friend Jim McLean.
If you see me on TV at this
week’s American Century celebrity
event in Lake Tahoe , I’ll
be working on my preset position —
it’s like the one Ryan
Moore used to employ — and my
new, improved swing using my
new, improved Pings.

I call it the Swing of the Future.
My golf buddies at Whisper
Rock in Scottsdale call it
the Swing of Futility, but I’m
going to stick with it and take
some of their capital.

Former vice president Dan Quayle
is chairman of Cerberus Global Investments and a seven handicap.

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