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Best Golf Books of All Time


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#1 KirkNo-yes

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 10:31 PM

Title speaks for itself except here is the caveat. It doesn't matter if it's instructional or fiction or biography. We all find "inspiration" or some form of motivation from golf books so what one is your favorite. If you have more than one so be it. Let it rip!

I have always come back to Faldo's instructional book for basic framework but pretty much any Hogan book gets me fired up.

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 10:55 PM

Harvey Penick's Litte Red Book is so great.
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Posted 02 May 2016 - 11:41 PM

George Knudson's "the Natural Golf Swing" is great for instruction

I liked 7 Days on the Links of Utopia for life and mental approach.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 12:36 AM

"Tales from Q school"  brutal read if you are going thru it..

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 01:04 AM

I like "A Lifetime of Lessons" by Marshall Smith.  For me , it made sense.  He likes to draw comparisons to baseball and it helped me understand his concepts.


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Posted 03 May 2016 - 01:08 AM

I really enjoyed paper tiger

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 06:11 AM

Tiger didn't like it but I really enjoyed The Big Miss by Hank Haney. Such an excellent insight into his life in his peak years.

On the Tiger theme as well, How I Play Golf was a fantastic instruction book.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 07:59 AM

I found Greatest Game Ever Played by Mark Frost really thrilling and at the same time it's a great insight into golf's history.

I also like the books about Ben Hogan, his Five Lessons and James Dodson's Hogan biography.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 08:11 AM

The Harvey Penick book with all three or four books in one: "The Wisdom of Harvey Penick"

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 08:54 AM

Golf is Not a Game of Perfect - Bob Rotella - I picked up the audiobook and listen to it occasionally, really has done wonders for my mental game.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 10:00 AM

Just finished the little red book a good read. The complete Hogan is also a good read and an insight into how he went about things.
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Posted 03 May 2016 - 10:49 AM

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 11:10 AM

Don't let the crappy movie throw you off. The Legend of Bagger Vance is a good read. As is Timothy Gallwey's The Inner Game of Golf.
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Posted 03 May 2016 - 11:42 AM

Percy Boomer's On Learning Golf is my golf bible.
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Posted 03 May 2016 - 03:16 PM

Tommy's Honour which has recently been made into a movie.


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Posted 03 May 2016 - 04:48 PM

View Postnorge5, on 03 May 2016 - 01:04 AM, said:

I like "A Lifetime of Lessons" by Marshall Smith.  For me , it made sense.  He likes to draw comparisons to baseball and it helped me understand his concepts.
I should qualify my selection.  I think it's the only golf book I've read as well.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 04:52 PM

The Big Miss

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 04:54 PM

View PostCalgaryFly, on 03 May 2016 - 12:13 AM, said:

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark Frost.

Yes, this was very good. I also enjoyed, "A Good Walk Spoiled", by John Feinstein.
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Posted 03 May 2016 - 05:13 PM

The Greatest Game Of All - Jack (via Herbert Warren Wind)
American Triumvirate - Dodson
St. Andrews Sojourn - Peper
Ben Hogan - Scott (thanks to Richard for this tip)
A Round Of Golf with Tommy Armour
The Complete Golfer - Harry Vardon
The Bogey Man - Plimpton

The list could go on and on, have about 20 more at least that I love, but that's where the top few stand in my mind this week. Frost and Dodson are top notch, heard some recommendations over the weekend I am pursuing online this evening. Ouimet's A Game Of Golf is a fun read.

My wife is reading Monte's book tonight, that should be interesting! It's really good.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 05:25 PM

Final Rounds by James Dodson

St. Andrews Sojourn by George Pepper

The Dewsweepers by James Dodson


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Posted 03 May 2016 - 05:38 PM

View PostShilgy, on 03 May 2016 - 11:10 AM, said:

Don't let the crappy movie throw you off. The Legend of Bagger Vance is a good read. As is Timothy Gallwey's The Inner Game of Golf.

Bagger Vance is my favorite, as well. Much better than the movie - so much so that I hardly consider them the same story.  A lot of religious and mystic undertones that may turn some people off, but I thought it was both entertaining and thought provoking. Great read!!!

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 06:08 PM

View Postagatha, on 03 May 2016 - 12:36 AM, said:

"Tales from Q school"  brutal read if you are going thru it..

Cant stand finestein

But that was very good.



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Posted 03 May 2016 - 07:03 PM

"From 60 yards in" by Raymond Floyd is an excellent short game book.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 07:14 PM

Troon McAllister aka Lee Gruenfeld

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 07:18 PM

I went from a hack to breaking 80 regularly using Jack Nicklaus' advice in "Golf My Way".  Greg Norman also credited some of his success to the lessons he learned from that book. It might be a bit dated, but like Hogan's books, the fundamentals really never go out of style.

I also liked several books noted above, like "The Match" and "Final Rounds".  My favorite short story about golf is "Dormie One" by Holworthy Hall (1917). One place to find it is in a golf collection called "Perfect Lies', which has a number of other worthy stories, too.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 07:26 PM

View Postpattg, on 03 May 2016 - 03:16 PM, said:

Tommy's Honour which has recently been made into a movie.

Incredible read- I think Ive read this every winter the last 4 or 5 years and still find it interesting each time
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Posted 03 May 2016 - 07:47 PM

View PostFbgstaff, on 03 May 2016 - 05:25 PM, said:

Final Rounds by James Dodson

St. Andrews Sojourn by George Pepper

The Dewsweepers by James Dodson
I looked up the George Peper book, and the cover looked similar to Two Years in St Andrews. Are they the same book with different titles?

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 07:52 PM

Shark Attack by Greg Norman. The short game section is still superb.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 08:18 PM

View PostShilgy, on 03 May 2016 - 11:10 AM, said:

Don't let the crappy movie throw you off. The Legend of Bagger Vance is a good read. As is Timothy Gallwey's The Inner Game of Golf.

I need to read the book because the movie was damn near unwatchable.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 08:29 PM

View PostAppAlum, on 03 May 2016 - 08:18 PM, said:

View PostShilgy, on 03 May 2016 - 11:10 AM, said:

Don't let the crappy movie throw you off. The Legend of Bagger Vance is a good read. As is Timothy Gallwey's The Inner Game of Golf.

I need to read the book because the movie was damn near unwatchable.

I must be the only person who enjoyed that movie.


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