May 19, 2021 • 1HR 19M

Michael Murphy - Author, Golf in the Kingdom

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Jay Revell
Hi, my name is Jay Revell and golf is a massive part of my life. Lately, I've begun to worry that it might consume too much of it. With a young family, a startup media business, and a scratch handicap, I explore what it means to be addicted to golf in the modern world. On the show, I dive into the good, bad, ugly, and glorious in conversations with folks battling to find a balance between golf, life, and everything in between. Join me for conversations with some of golf's most interesting folks as we discuss just how much the game means to us all. Welcome to Mid-Am Crisis.
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Michael Murphy's book, Golf in the Kingdom, has sold over 1 million copies and has been translated into 19 languages. It's one of the highest selling golf book of all time. His story about a chance encounter with a mystic golf professional in Scotland also changed my life. I make no secret of my spiritual pursuits in golf and much of that has been inspired by the Golf in the Kingdom. Much like the book's protagonist, I too was once a hot headed player obsessed with low scores the status that comes with them. After reading Murphy's book, something changed in me. I began to seek out unique experiences in the game and worried less about perfecting it. The result was a true awaking. Today, I feel as though my soul is tethered to golf and each time I walk a fairway at sundown I can hear the many memorable lines from Golf in the Kingdom running through my head. Through Murphy's most acclaimed work, I found peace with my place in the game. Those revelations opened the door for me to start traveling and writing and talking with people on this very podcast. Now, that journey has come full circle as I've been fortunate to connect with Murphy and have one of the most special conversations of my life with him. In this episode of Mid-Am Crisis, I had an extensive conversation with Michael Murphy about what he's learned about life and golf in his 90 years. We talked about the impact Golf in the Kingdom has had for golfers like me around the globe and what he hopes the book's lasting legacy will be. During our discussion, Murphy shared many of his theories on why golf creates moments of mysticism and other occult phenomenon. I shared with him a story of my own flirtations with the unexplained while playing golf on the Kiawah Island Ocean Course and dove into some theories I've developed about the game. For someone who has long admired his writings, having the chance to talk with Michael Murphy was one of the highlights of my golfing life. I'm proud to share our full conversation and can't wait to hear how other Golf in the Kingdom fans enjoy hearing it. I hope to hear more from Murphy in the future and our discussion makes me eager to read his writings once again. Each read inspires something new in my love for golf. Golf in the Kingdom is available anywhere books are sold. Be warned though, it may lead to abnormal golfing behavior. Thanks as always for listening to Mid-Am Crisis. The show is brought to you by my friends at Imagine Golf - the #1 app for the mental game. Download Imagine Golf today and start your journey to an improved way of thinking on and off the course. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @JayRevell and find more or my work at If you enjoy the show, I would love for you to leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts. Cheers, -J Mid-Am Crisis is a production of Revell Media, LLC