Cracking the Code by Paul Azinger & Dr. Ron Braund

Book Review : Cracking the Code

By Paul Azinger & Dr. Ron Braund

  • Publication Date: 2010-08-16
  • Genre: Golf
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 56 Ratings)

Book Review

The U.S. Ryder Cup team ended nearly a decade of European dominance in 2008 by laying aside their individual pursuits for a single week and bonding like brothers on golf's greatest stage.

Inspired by team-building techniques used by Navy SEALs, Ryder Cup captain and ABC commentator Paul Azinger divided the 12-man team into small groups, or pods. Then, with guidance from corporate team-building specialist and licensed family therapist Ron Braund, he placed golfers based on their personality types, rather than their golf games. The relationships among teammates created an atmosphere where Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Kenny Perry, and the other U.S. golfers could perform at their highest levels.

In Cracking the Code: The Winning Ryder Cup Strategy: Make It Work for You, Azinger and Braund tell the compelling story of how the U.S. team members, half of them Ryder Cup rookies, overcame their underdog status to bring the cup back to America. In the telling, they offer team-building techniques that apply to sports, business, and beyond.

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User Reviews

  • Great book

    By dorman00024
    A great book which offered insight on how tough being the captain for the Ryder Cup really is.
  • Good read, offers insights into Ryder Cup

    By Dan FW
    I thought this was a pleasant and fast read. I enjoy the Ryder Cup and this offered insights into the preparation that goes into planning for the Cup. You can hear Paul's voice as you read the book, which makes it a very enjoyable read.
  • Cracking the code

    By Noregrets4ever
    Great book for golf sports and life. A quick simple read, couple hours. The same principles of leadership when dealing with teams of any type are applicable. Great business applicability beyond the typical vision and motivation stuff, these principles make teams work by their natural forces vs "managing" teamwork. Let's see if Pavin takes this sage advice. Another US win, priceless.
  • Inside the Ropes

    By PZazzz
    Zinger gives the inside story as Capt. America....the pod strategy was brilliant and got the best out of our u.s. team.. Great stories on the course during the matches. Couldn't put it down... Now see what Pavin does...
  • Perfect for a Guy

    By DJsteelheart
    You can read it in 1.5 hours and it takes you behind the ropes for the best Golf event every two years. CTC is also a blueprint for how to effectively manage teams whether on the course or in the corporate world...not "teachy" at all. Sit back and enjoy...
  • Great read

    By bozy26
    Neat perspective that Azinger took to picking his Ryder Cup team - seems like a good extension to business too. Frankly the US Ryder Cup team stunk it up for years and they came into the 2008 matches arguably as one of the lesser talented teams. No Tiger and Phil wasn't playing great. But looks like the "pod" methodology worked pretty well! Hope to see the same methodology used this year. Cool approach for Azinger to take. Good read even if you don't golf. And if you do golf it's a MUST read.
  • Teamwork

    By Sports Ranger
    What a great read, with great stories and excellent ideas to implement for any leader.