Maybe You’re Not a Novelist: Other Types of Writing to Try

In the legal profession, there are many ways to make a living other than litigation. That’s a good thing, too, because there are many different types of lawyers, each with differing abilities and preferences. For example, the histrionics of the courtroom, where lawyers often resort to dramatic speech and flamboyant … read more

Best Lawyer-Novelists in the Business

A cursory glance through literary history will turn up a host of great writers who started out as something else. Charles Dickens—newspaper reporter; Franz Kafka—insurance executive; Zane Grey—dentist; Harper Lee—airline reservation attendant; Stephen King—janitor… and the list goes on. It seems that the “writing sickness” can and does claim people from every other occupation. No wonder that book publishing is often referred to as “the accidental profession.”

Climate Change and the Game of Golf

No matter whether you attribute climate change to the impact of human behavior or the implacable, centuries-long cycles of nature, shifting patterns of weather and climate are affecting golf. From the craggy coasts of Scotland to the lush islands of the South Pacific, shifts in weather patterns and sea-level … read more

BookReporter Review

This summer’s selection of golf books includes biographies of golfing icons Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods, as well as an interesting work of golf-themed fiction. Golf fiction is rare, and most of the interesting golf novels are spiritual in nature. Michael Murphy’s GOLF IN THE KINGDOM and Steven Pressfield’s THE … read more

Bad Lies: First Review

by Les Schupak, Met Golfer

It could be the basis of a new joke: A pro golfer walks into the 19th hole bar, meets a lawyer, and says, “We should write a book together.” The lawyer responds, “About what? Golf and law? Who would read that?”

While it didn’t actually happen that … read more

Advice for Writers

By Shelby Yastrow

Since college I’ve really liked to write, and I fancied myself a pretty good writer. I was the guy in the fraternity, if another guy wanted to write a letter to his girlfriend or a teacher, he’d come to me for help. I always had a way of … read more

My Love of Golf

By Shelby Yastrow


The beginning of my lifelong love affair with the game of golf was not unlike the scenario played out in Bad Lies. When I was a kid in the 1940s, there was a little country club, a nine-hole pasture course, about five miles out of town. My older … read more

A Peek Behind the Curtain

By Shelby Yastrow


This blog would not be complete without providing a “peek behind the curtain” to meet the incredible lawyer who was the inspiration for Charlie Mayfield, the lawyer who represented the plaintiff, Eddie Bennison, in the trial that was the focus of Bad Lies.


That lawyer was John Cassidy, … read more

Pro Players Who Didn’t Get a Lot of Recognition…But Deserved It

By Tony Jacklin


A big difference between golf when I went on the tour and today is that we weren’t on television. I made the first hole in one ever televised in Britain. It was at Sandwich, I was leading on the 16th hole, a par 3, and … read more

It’s Not the Ball, It’s You

by Tony Jacklin


The biggest change in the game today, apart from the money involved, is probably the golf ball itself. Today’s golf ball literally goes 40 to 50 yards farther than when I was in my prime back in the 1970s and ‘80s. And that’s really a problem.


Titleist is the … read more

Bad Lies Cover


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