Christina Kim's New Book Is Quite Good
By Kickntrue on 4/28/10
LPGA star Christina Kim has a new book called "Swinging From My Heels" which is co-authored by Alan Shipnuck. I received an advanced copy of the book early last week- and besides a few hiccups (accidentally left it at the office 2 nights in a row), I couldn't put it down. Christina launches right in to life on the LPGA Tour and covers subjects in Chapter 1 like dating, getting laid, and lesbians. Do I even need to finish my review?
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In case you need more... the book's chapters are laid out in weeks that cover Kim's entire 2009 season. She recaps each event and how she played, but the meat of the book is really the "in-betweens" that talk about the struggle of the LPGA player. I think in a lot of ways it's more interesting than that of a PGA Tour star because even as a top player on the female circuit she doesn't make a ton of dough. One of the more interesting points was a breakdown of where her money is spent and how making $500k per year really doesn't go that far when you consider how much cost there is associated with transporting yourself, your equipment and caddie to every event. There are costs associated with paying a caddie, covering your own health benefits and in a lot of cases those of the caddie and then lodging at each event. Remember- pro golfers are technically independent contractors out there each week.
I hate paying for a new hardbook book, but this one is pretty darn good. Maybe you can find it cheaper on Kindle or iBooks.
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Kurt the Knife says:
I hate that so many pro sports players get agazillion bux whether they play or not.
These golf pros really earn their scratch. Its surprising.
Matt F says:
My favourite LPGA player. That book is on my wish list.
A lot of people don't like Kim because she is a bit... ummm... flamboyant. I think its GREAT! I'd absolutely love playing a round of golf with her and finishing up in a nightclub that evening. It seems she has a good time despite what the fuddy duddies want and that is refreshing! Heck, she's a young, successful lady. She deserves it! I'm headed to the book store this evening!
Just bought a copy for my Dad to give on his birthday.
Torleif Sorenson says:
On the basis of Andrew's review, I couldn't wait for Amazon -- I got it Saturday afternoon (after the Bruins-Flyers game, of course) and had devoured it by 2:30 AM Sunday. Christina's tales of the player-caddie relationship are more engrossing than in John Feinstein's book "A Good Walk Spoiled," which any serious golfer needs to have read at some point in their life. I also laughed AND cringed at Rick Reilly's endorsement on the back cover. The contrast between Christina's upbringing and that of her South Korean counterparts on tour is also fascinating.
This book is as much a roller coaster-ride as Christina's 2009 season was. IMHO a must-read. Four stars (it could have been a longer book).
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