More than 20 years after the compelling original biography, author Tim O’Connor has written the second edition of The Feeling of Greatness: The Moe Norman Story, providing greater perspective and detail about the mysterious golfer whose bittersweet life is one of the most legendary stories in golf.
The updated hardcover version of the acclaimed biography published by Brown Books of Dallas, Texas, has been significantly expanded to 336 pages and includes 43 never-published anecdotes from Moe’s closest friends, new vintage photographs, and commentary from Tiger Woods, Lee Trevino, Nick Price, Vijay Singh and Paul Azinger.
Originally published in 1995, the best-selling Feeling of Greatness was applauded for compassionately telling the story of the complex Canadian who was both admired for becoming the best ball-striker in the world and scorned by the country club blue blood for his appearance, strange ways and working-class roots.
“After his death in 2004, I felt compelled to update Moe’s story. To put his life in perspective, explore his legacy, and to properly document that last 10 years of his life when many beautiful and sad things happened to him,” said O’Connor, an author of four books, including The Single Plane Golf Swing. Play Golf the Moe Norman Way, co-written with golf professional Todd Graves.
“There were many parts of Moe’s life that I felt had not been fully explored. Notably, his spiritual side which fed his drive to become the best at hitting a golf ball, as well as his long-overdue recognition as one of the game’s greats, his relationship with Titleist and Natural Golf, his struggle with heart disease, and indeed my relationship with him.
“I felt that we could learn a lot more about Moe, and from him—especially how he persevered in a frightening world that treated him harshly. He was an under-appreciated genius who left us with many inspiring lessons for life and golf,” said O’Connor, a mental performance coach and coach of the University of Guelph (Ontario) golf team.
The second edition of The Feeling of Greatness includes 100 pages of updated and newly researched material, especially from 1995 to his death in 2004, while original chapters have rewritten and up-to-date.
We can gain new insights into Norman’s bittersweet life through 43 first-person anecdotes collected over the years from some of Norman’s closest friends. Intersperse throughout the book, the stories are hilarious, sad and compelling, and tell jaw-dropping tales about his other worldly ability to hit the ball more accurately than any human before him.
You can gain insights into Norman’s original single plane action in the updated chapter on his swing, which includes commentary from Todd Graves, whose Graves Golf Academy teaches Norman’s method, as well as David Leadbetter, Chuck Cook and Dr. Jim Suttie. The new version also includes many of Moe’s instructional sayings and wisdom, known as Moe-isms.
With the Second Edition of The Feeling of Greatness: The Moe Norman Story, Tim O’Connor provides a moving perspective from 20 years later on the legendary golfer and the life lessons that he left for us.
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