First published in 1923, 'Humours of Golf' by William Heath Robinson was created from the golfing illustrations he drew for 'The Bystander' magazine. In addition to these cartoons, Heath Robinson made a number of small line drawings on golfing subjects that were added at intervals through the book. There are several allusions to contemporary events, fashions and inventions in his illustrations that provide added interest today but, for many, it is Heath Robinson's quirky characterisation of 'a good walk spoiled' that will give the most pleasure.
Heath Robinson didn't play golf himself but he was obviously a shrewd observer of the game and its players. Heath Robinson gently pokes fun at many aspects of golf and golfers in this book. We are all familiar with jibes about the clothes golfers wear, the challenges of maintaining a golf course when nature is determined to undermine (sometimes literally!) the greenkeeper's efforts, and the frustrations of a difficult lie, and there are illustrations on all these topics. However, as was his wont, Heath Robinson also provides lots of ideas for practical solutions and gadgets to help golfers overcome the many challenges they face on the course. Among many others, he proposes:
- the telescopic putter to save the legs;
- the golfer's safety hat
- a patent putter with adjustment for levelling out worm casts
- and plus fives and minus fours.
Heath Robinson's 'Humours of Golf' gives so much to so many - entertainment, history and practical advice for enthusiastic golfers. As we have now made it available as an ebook you can read it on your ereader or smart phone while you are waiting to tee off. To golfers who are also married flat-dwellers with a garden and a car we offer our other ebook titles by Heath Robinson:
- How to Live in a Flat
- How to be a Perfect Husband
- How to Make a Garden Grow
- How to be a Motorist
All our Heath Robinson titles include a Foreword by Geoffrey Beare, Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust, who is working to build a Heath Robinson museum in North London.