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

The History of Libel Law

by Shelby Yastrow


Bad Lies involves a lawsuit in which a famous athlete sues a popular magazine, charging that the magazine published articles that contained lies about him. Those lies, he contends, damaged his reputation so seriously that his sponsors cancelled his endorsement contracts, his fans—and even his friends—abandoned him, and his … read more

A Case of Inflation

by Shelby Yastrow


Having been the Chief Legal Officer at McDonald’s for about twenty years, I’ve been asked countless times, “What kind of lawsuits did you have at McDonald’s?”


Consider this: We had about 30 million customers a day just in our U.S. restaurants, so an incident with only a one-in-a-million chance of happening … read more

The Hot Seat

by Shelby Yastrow


I have had a very satisfying career in the law. I was third in my class at the Northwestern University School of Law and an editor of the Law Review, I had a good first job in a prominent Chicago law firm (and I was later a partner … read more

Lost Skills of the Old-Time Golf Pro

By Tony Jacklin


Most golf fans today have a vision of the golf pro who flies around the world in private jets to compete for big money at luxurious golf courses in exotic places. That may be true today for the top players in the era of huge purses and big-money endorsement … read more

The Agony and The Ecstasy

By Tony Jacklin


Golf has given me some of the greatest highs that a man can have. There is no way to describe adequately what it is like to win two national championships—The British Open and the US Open—and to hold both titles simultaneously. Or to hit a clutch iron shot on … read more

The Challenge of Writing a Book in English—With an Englishman

By Shelby Yastrow


One might think that I was either crazy, naïve, or overly ambitious to write a book with Tony Jacklin. Possibly all three.  


First, even though the book is a work of fiction, it involves a professional golfer, and that’s a subject Tony has lived and knows so much … read more

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