I have always respected and admired the work of James Dodson. He has written some of the best books that I have ever read. Books such as “Final Rounds,” “A Golfer’s Life,” and “Ben Hogan: An American Life” have a permanent place on my bookshelf. Recently, I found out about his book “A Son of the Game: A Story of Golf, Going Home, and Sharing Life’s Lessons.”
I knew by the title alone that this book was right up my alley. I love the sport of golf. It is something I am truly passionate about. I could not wait to read Dodson’s take on the game. Plus, with his fantastic writing style, I knew that he would be able to expertly tie in the lessons learned in golf to life lessons in general.
In reading the book, I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the anecdotes about the history of golf and about the course where Dodson first learned the game, Pinehurst in North Carolina. There is such rich detail in his words that you really feel like you are on the first tee with him as he gets ready to play another round.
In fact, “A Son of the Game” makes for a perfect companion to “Final Rounds,” as they both deal with how the game has such a significant impact on his life. I know that his dad was a big influence on him. In fact, his father taught him the game of golf. In doing so, his father imparted wisdom about life, which allowed Dodson to get through some pretty rough times.
In reading this book, I am inspired to teach golf to my own son, using that opportunity to help him develop into a strong, positive man. I can’t thank Dodson enough for the knowledge he has given me.