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#1 marty69

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:34 AM

my instructional favorites are: the 5 fundamentals of golf by ben hogan

the art of putting by stan utley

the little red book by harvey penick

please list all good golf books you have read, Thanks in advance


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Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:38 AM

How I Play Golf  By: Tiger Woods

Every Shot I Take  By: Davis Love III

Mind Over Golf  By: Dr. Richard Coop with Bill Fields

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 02:06 AM

My favourite is the latest edition of Jack's Golf My Way. It's the only instruction book that I actually enjoyed reading.

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 08:57 AM

Here are the most significant books in my golfing library.  I've got a couple of other fitness, drills, and tips booklets, but these are my major references:

How I Play Golf - Tiger Woods
The Fundamentals of Hogan - David Leadbetter
Playing Lessons - Jack Nicklaus
Golf My Way - Jack Nicklaus
Short Game Bible - Dave Pelz
Putting Bible - Dave Pelz
Hogan - Curt Sampson
Afternoons with Mr. Hogan - Jody Vasquez  (Mr. Vasquez will sign your copy, check www.jodyvasquez.com for more information)
Going Low - Patrick Cohn
Art of Putters - Bill Vogeney
The Scotty Cameron World - Japanese issued Scotty Cameron book

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 09:02 AM

This is a must own for every golfer.

A Disorderly Compendium of Golf by Lorne Rubenstein and Jeff Neuman


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Posted 28 March 2007 - 10:16 AM

I just read "Paper Tiger" by Tom Coyne....very good book, a regular Joe like the rest of us trying to make the tour....his trials and tribulations.  He's the same guy who wrote "A Gentleman's Game".

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 10:23 AM

The 7 Laws of Golf has the best visuals of any book Ive seen, the images stick with you on the course or range and anything by Jim Hardy!

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 10:35 AM

Not instructional books, but a great read!



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Posted 28 March 2007 - 11:24 AM

i agree paper tiger was a great book and very insightful into what it takes to get through Q school and the amount of dedication it takes. also "A Good Walk Spoiled", "How I Play Golf", "Hogan", and one of my favorites because it has helped the mental side of my game so much "Zen Golf"

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 12:43 PM

Golf in the Kingdom and The Kingdom of Shivas Irons.  

I dont need any more instruction, I need to learn to quit thinking when playing.


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Posted 28 March 2007 - 07:36 PM

View Postaaronp, on Mar 28 2007, 12:24 PM, said:

i agree paper tiger was a great book and very insightful into what it takes to get through Q school and the amount of dedication it takes. also "A Good Walk Spoiled", "How I Play Golf", "Hogan", and one of my favorites because it has helped the mental side of my game so much "Zen Golf"


I just picked up Zen Golf for the girlfriend. I really need to get paper Tiger. It sounds like a great read.

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 08:30 PM

A couple of years ago, when we and my buddy graduated from high school, a marshall (more like a friend) gave us Tommy Armour's "How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time" and I think it is great.  It was a special gift and a great read.

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 09:40 PM

I used to be addicted to buying golf books, to the point of it being a sickness. :D  I not only own most of the more well known golf instruction book ever written I was  member of a the Classics of golf and recevieced books from them for many years.  I read so much golf instruction at one time I could barley take the club back. :beach: I was having pesonal David Duval Issues.  I was a classic golf book HO!!!  I decided to put most of the instruction down and get back to basics, it has helped my game tremendously.  I bought a copy of Ernest Jones's Swing the Club head and feel it has done more for my game to clear my mind and get the feel for a golf swing than anything I have ever encountered.  I also enjoy reading a lot of literature about the game of golf, I would say that one of the most enjoyable books is Dan Jenkins "dogged victims of enexorable fate'  friggen hilarious, historically informative, and a great read.
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Posted 29 March 2007 - 12:01 AM

Golf For Enlightenment: Seven Lessons For the Game of Life - DEEPAK CHOPRA

Edited by vanquish007, 29 March 2007 - 12:04 AM.


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Posted 29 March 2007 - 01:08 AM

My three favorites:

Dave Pelz Short Game Bible

Every Shot Must Have A Purpose

Tom Watson's Strategic Golf


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Posted 29 March 2007 - 01:25 AM

Actually Faldo has a book out and it's very good the none technical aspects are what I liked the most.
I also just read Hogan's Biography and that put's everything perspective (life) not golf but talk about a tough road.
I think the tournaments back then paid the top 15 wow! maybe that's what we need on our tour! I would really like to see these guys play and old style course with the old clubs and balls just to compare!

It would make for great entertainment to see these guys have to hit a one iron no Hybrid or and old five wood(wood)!

Maybe the travis cup could introduce this or something simular! I bet the tv ratings would go UP!
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Posted 29 March 2007 - 03:42 AM

Another vote for Nick Bradley's "7 laws of the Golf swing". Stupid Title for an amazing book.

Anything and everything by Rick Reilly.

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 01:18 PM

Zen Golf
Every Shot Must Have a Purpose

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 05:38 PM

Extraordinary Golf by Fred Shoemaker... used this book w/ no lessons to get down from 12 to 3 in 1 year (at 48 yrs old).

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 09:21 PM

BEN HOGAN'S Five Lessons, The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.  There has always been a copy of this book in my golf bag, or on my nightstand since 1965.  I still read and practice these fundamentals regularly.  I recovered my golf game after a seven year rehabilitation from a construction accident that left me barely able to walk (broken back, broken neck, broken arm and more).  I was able to do this because the fundamentals (especially the grip) were so ingrained in my mind.  When I could barely walk, I still practiced gripping the club 10 minutes or more a day.  I let my mind retrain my body and after a few years, I could play golf again, albeit in pain.  I am now able to play regularly and still hit the ball well even though I am 54 years old.


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Posted 01 April 2007 - 12:30 AM

Has anybody read "Fearless Golf" by Gio Valiente? I just picked it up on Amazon. I've always enjoyed his segments on the Golf Channel.

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 12:58 AM

I'm an avid reader of everything, but just LOVE a new golf book.  Those I've enjoyed the most are "Afternoons with Mr. Hogan," "Blood, Sweat and Tees,"  (great inside stuff from the Tour via Rich Beem) and for a thrill-a-minute read, you MUST get "The Greatest Game of All," the wonderful story of Francis Ouimet's U.S. Open victory.  You CAN NOT put this one down!  Another great one:  "The Grand Slam : Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf."

I recommended many of these to the folks at BSG, but sadly, no-one there can read.  Or spel. :lol

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 03:58 PM

swing like a pro. its the only truly scientific aproach to the golf swing ive seen.

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 04:35 PM

It's not an instructional book, but my favorite golf book definitely is Open by John Feinstein about the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. Great read, and it gave new insight as to how these tournaments are really put together.

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 05:58 PM

Hogans fundamentals for instruction and anything by Herbert Warren Wind to read about the game by the best golf writer ever. His writing about Augusta and the Masters is incomparable.


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Posted 01 April 2007 - 07:24 PM

I played my best round mentally after reading that book. It keeps you centered and at peace.

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 07:55 PM

afternoons with mr. hogan - jody vazquez

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 08:04 PM

Extraordinary Golf by Fred Shoemaker is a very good read

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:08 AM

I read 60 books about golf during my challenge year some of which were, needless to say complete rubbish, but as highlighted about there are some real gems.

From an instructional perspective Hogan's Five lessons and Tiger's book lie beside my bed still and are well thumbed through.  Hogan's book is a thing of enormous beauty.  Harvey Pennick's "little Red book" is a wonderful wee book too.  In teh very early days Ernies Short game book was a pretty useful (supplanted by Seve's short game video though in my affections)

Mind stuff - well, I read all the Rotella books before I even started the challenge and to a certain extent they kicked it off particularly "The golf of your dreams"
Tim Gallweys' - The inner game of golf is obviously seminal too and started me down a train of though that was enormously useful.
"Zen golf", "Extraordinary golf" (see the amazing Artful Golfer site) and "Fearless golf" were all very good.  Never read the Deepak Chopra one but I must get it.
Only recently read "Every shot must have a purpose" - fantastic book.  

General stuff - The recent Hogan biography and the wonderful Vasquez book "Afternoons with Hogan" are both amazing as an insight.  It seems like you could read a Hogan book every week for the rest of your life though and still not finish them all.  Why are we all so obsessed with him still?

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 12:37 PM

I'd have to take a different tack, and as far as pure reading, try anything by Peter Dobereiner, Herbert Warren Wind, or Bernard Darwin.  Darwin is an absolute master of the language, and while it's about people and places long since gone, the writing is exquisite.  Lauren St. John has written a couple of good books on the European Tour, before things became so homogenized and corporate.  She's also written a great book on Seve.  The old Jack Nicklaus biography, 'The Greatest Game of All', written with Wind, is a classic and a great read.  You'll get a perspective of where golf has come from even in the last 40 years.  Lorne Rubenstein is also a great writer, for the Toronto Globe and Mail, and of golf books in general.
     As regards instructional books, I've kind of gone off those.  The Hogan books are good, and the Leadbetter book on the Fundamentals of Hogan was interesting in the perspective taken.  The mental books are good, but the pure instructional books are hard to work into one's game, I find.  I do much better taking lessons and practicing.  Another set of eyes is invaluable.

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