Countdown to publication…

The final edits are done, the cover is all set and the endorsements are rolling in. I’m so excited to share this book with golf fans and players of all ages in January 2018. There is already talk of the book being used as a teaching aid by one of the world’s largest junior golf organizations. I’ll keep you posted.

The Puddle Club is unique and has a lasting impact on the reader. It shows in vivid detail how the the game of golf and the game of life are similar and the only way home in both is to play through to the best of your ability.

But first you have to…JUMP RIGHT IN!

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Jumping in.

The Puddle Club is a work of fantasy fiction that was created and written by Michael McGruther and Gregg Russell and is inspired by the experiences Gregg had as a youth golf instructor and Michael still has as the father of a junior golfer.

Golf is a game of self-mastery and self-mastery does not come naturally to most young people. The idea for the book was originally titled “I’m Only Eight” and was going to be a study on the ability of junior golfers to handle themselves like adults on the course but then return to their natural childish state when the game is over.

The more we talked about it the more it became obvious to me that the best way forward was with a fantasy for young readers that connected them to the spirit of the game.

I can say with confidence that there has never been a book written about golf like The Puddle Club. It vividly takes the reader on a journey to the heart of the mystical side of golf and will leave them with a sense of lasting wonder.

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What is The Puddle Club?

The Puddle Club is a mystical country club that can only be entered by jumping into a puddle. A magic kind of puddle that invited you by name.

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There is only one way out of the Puddle Club and that is to play through. But don’t worry if you’ve never played the game of golf before — The Puddle Club has coaches like Parnell Knickerbocker Rittenhouse the 3rd ready to prepare you for the journey.  Folks say he’s real nice even for a gopher.


The Puddle Club is also a state of mind because once you’ve been there you are changed forever.

The Puddle Club will be available on April 1 from Hosel & Ferrule Books.

Jump right in!


Puddles Are Fun

Children know exactly what to do when they encounter a puddle. The puddle invites them to come and disrupt it’s peaceful facade, to create water ripples with their fingers and to get a glimpse of one’s own wavy reflection.


The puddle is a temporary doorway to another world. One that disappears just as quickly as it appeared. The mystery beyond the puddle is the place daydreamers are drawn to.

In my upcoming book “The Puddle Club,” a young girl jumps into a puddle and is transported to a parallel world where she learns that the game of life has many rules, but none of them are more important than jumping right in.


“The Puddle Club” will be available on April 1, 2018 from Hosel & Ferrule Books.

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Puddle Theory

When you were a child you jumped right into the puddle without a care in the world, because puddles are fun and splashing in them is a universally shared joyful human experience.


When you grew up you stopped jumping in puddles because puddles make you dirty and mess everything up.  The puddle never changed. You did.

This is Puddle Theory and it is about finding your way back to the puddle and reconnecting with the part of you that mysteriously vanished.

Please join me as I introduce and blog about Puddle Theory in the coming months that lead up to the release of my first book “The Puddle Club”

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