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#61 illinikyle

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Posted 09 July 2007 - 09:50 AM

Golf in the Kingdom - Michael Murphy

It's Only a Game - Jack Burke Jr

Two Years in St Andrews - George Peper

Dream Golf - Stephen Goodwin

The Anatomy of a Golf Course - Tom Doak

Alistar MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club - Geoff Shackelford

Grounds for Golf - Geoff Shackelford


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Posted 18 July 2007 - 09:12 AM

Not an instructional book, but I just bought John Daly, My Life in and out of the Rough.  Pretty good book.

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 01:59 PM

the little red book by harvey penick

tbh... its the only golf book I've read but its great. the man was a golf genius.

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 03:31 PM

My Favorites:

Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
The Art of Putting by Stan Utley
The Art of the Short Game by Stan Utley
Harvey Penickā€™s Little Red Book
The Golfer's Mind: Play to Play Great by Bob Rotella
Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 08:15 AM

Great thread!  You can find many of the books on Half.com for dirt cheap!  I picked up one of these book in good condition for .97 cents.


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Posted 19 July 2007 - 10:12 AM

Missing Links - Rick Rielly
The Foursome - Dean McAllister

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 01:19 PM

All four of Harvey Penick's books. They are untouchable in my opinon

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 03:09 PM

In no particular order;

- Harvey Penick's "Little Red Book"

- Faldo's "A Swing for Life" (excellent book, very under-rated)

- Tom Wishon's "The Search for the Perfect Golf Club"

- Bob Rotella's "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect"

- Jack's "Golf My Way"


I'm going to start "Every Shot Must Have a Purpose" by Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott in the next couple of days. It looks interesting.

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 08:59 AM

Paper Tiger -  An obsessed early 30's golfer  drops it all to see if he can make it to the PGA tour.  Great concept, fun read.

Bud Sweat and Tees - Inside view of a young golfer (Rich Beem) and his Caddie (Steve Duplantis) trying to make the big time.


The King of Swings - Biography of Johnny Goodman, the under-appreciated golfer who was the last amateur to win the U.S. Open (1933)

The Old Man - Biography of Walter J. Travis.   Not great writing, but a very interesting subject.  Walter Travis was unknown to me, but I was amazed to learn of the man who took up golf at 35 years of age, and four years later won the U.S. Amateur (1900).  He won the U.S. Amateur 3 times, and the British Amateur once (1904).  He was the first American citizen to win the British Amateur.   He also published his own golf magazine, and was a highly regarded course architect and turfgrass innovator.

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 02:04 PM

Instruction Books:
The Swing Factory (Sieghart, Gould, & Wilkinson) - based on the swing principles of Leslie King
The Plane Truth for Golfers(Jim Hardy) - tough read!!! but it is supposed to have inspired, to some extent, the current swing of Tiger
Golf, le mental pour scorer (JP Vaillant) - I read in French and the author is French, I have no clue if it has been translated to English. It is a very structured book on how to improve the mental aspect of the game. Rotella should learn French and read to learn how to structure his writings better!

Novel:
The Caddie (J. Michael Veron) - sweet novel :-)

I've read many quite a few books about golf and it is my best selection to date.

Cheers!


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Posted 23 August 2007 - 02:46 PM

golf is not a game of perfect - bob rotella

golf is a game of confidence - bob rotella

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 06:43 PM

View Postbklynbenz, on Aug 23 2007, 03:46 PM, said:

golf is not a game of perfect - bob rotella

golf is a game of confidence - bob rotella

My thoughts exactly.

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 09:04 AM

Keep an eye out for this new book that is to be published in Oct 2017 . Will be about £165  on amazon (yikes!).
Routledge International Handbook of Golf Science

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 09:14 AM

Ray Floyd - The Elements of Scoring: A Master's Guide to the Art of Scoring Your Best When You're Not Playing Your Best

I love reading this book for the mentality it gives you and Floyd saying specifically that even if he had your game, he would still beat you 95% of the time because he's a better thinker on the course.

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 12:59 PM

View PostFlyFish, on 29 March 2007 - 01:08 AM, said:

My three favorites:

Dave Pelz Short Game Bible

Every Shot Must Have A Purpose

Tom Watson's Strategic Golf

Pelz Short Game Bible is superlative.


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Posted 25 July 2017 - 10:40 PM

Is there a contest for bumping the oldest thread and no one told me?
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Posted 26 July 2017 - 08:40 AM

I picked up a copy of getting up and down with Tom Watson at a used book store when I was 12. Spent a lot of time with it so I'm fond if it. The pro side vs amateur side miss for putting is one of my favorite things to focus on, can't sink it if it doesn't reach the cup.

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 09:17 AM

A round of golf with Tommy armour, no real swing tips, it's 90% course management, should save most golfer at least 2 or 3 strokes just by preventing them trying dumb shots

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 06:32 AM

Only three books ever made a measurable difference in my game:
"The Inner Game of Golf" -- Gallwey
"Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect" -- Rotella
"Zen and the Art of Archery" -- Harrigel

Anyone who knows me would find that surprising.  As fond as I am of certain method books, I don't think any of them really improved my game.  They're interesting, though.  The mental techniques serve me best.

The one technique book that best describes the mechanics of my swing is Todd Graves' "The Single Plane Golf Swing", but it only reinforced things that I learned on my own.  I actually attended one of his schools and didn't get much out of it.  It's sort of odd that I ended up using that method but coming at it from another direction.

Edited by MountainGoat, 02 August 2017 - 09:27 AM.


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Posted 27 July 2017 - 02:07 PM

A cool coffee table book is Kinetic Golf.  The information in is it okay, but the pictures are solid.  You can get it used on amazon for $6 or so.


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 04:14 PM

Hogan's 5 lessons was very good but I got a lot out of Jack's Golf My Way.


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 06:04 PM

View PostMountainGoat, on 27 July 2017 - 06:32 AM, said:

Only two book ever made a measurable difference in my game:
"The Inner Game of Golf" -- Gallwey
"Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect" -- Rotella
"Zen and the Art of Archery" -- Harrigel

Anyone who knows me would find that surprising.  As fond as I am of certain method books, I don't think any of them really improved my game.  They're interesting, though.  The mental techniques serve me best.

Ummm, I think you miscounted.... :dntknw:
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Posted 01 August 2017 - 09:09 PM

Just got "How to perfect your golf swing" by Jimmy Ballard in today. I really enjoyed Raymond Floyd"s "60 yards and in. The tip of imagining water flowing on a green is priceless. It really helped me to read greens much better. I mentioned it to my friends and they gave me the "deer in the head light look!" I putted their brains out!!
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 09:23 AM

View Poststryper, on 29 July 2017 - 06:04 PM, said:

View PostMountainGoat, on 27 July 2017 - 06:32 AM, said:

Only two book ever made a measurable difference in my game:
"The Inner Game of Golf" -- Gallwey
"Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect" -- Rotella
"Zen and the Art of Archery" -- Harrigel

Anyone who knows me would find that surprising.  As fond as I am of certain method books, I don't think any of them really improved my game.  They're interesting, though.  The mental techniques serve me best.

Ummm, I think you miscounted.... :dntknw:

Ha, yes.  I originally had two in my list and then went back and added a third without updating the text.  I corrected my error.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 03:56 PM

The Jimmy Ballard book is a very good read so far, great tips as well. Glad I bought it, hit some great shots afterward.

Edited by platgof, 04 August 2017 - 03:56 PM.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 07:15 PM

I also picked up Practical Golf John Jacobs, and 8 Traits of Champion Golfers Dr.Graham and Jon Stabler from recommendations here.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:11 PM

My favorite book right now is Jimmy Ballard's. I was at the car dealer waiting on a recall to be fixed, and was reading "How To Perfect Your Golf Swing" and it finally clicked what he was trying to get across. Then I watched the pros, and it was right there. Really good book, plus he debunks misconceptions as well, and I was using a lot of those. I am about half way through, highly recommend.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 04:26 PM

Don't know how this thread got resurrected, but any list of golf books that does not include Missing Links by Rick Reilly is fake news.  It's not book about how to play golf.  It's just a wonderful book about the people who play golf--hackers like me and a few of you.  Funny, well-written novel.  Much more fun to read than Hogan or Peltz.

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 11:06 AM

http://www.golfwrx.c...0#entry15988364

Start at the above link.

5 Lessons by Hogan

Golf Doctor by Jacobs

Seve: Young Champion by Ballesteros

My Partner, Ben Hogan by DeMaret

Good Walk Spoiled by Feinstein

Hogan by Sampson

American Life by Dodson

Little Red Book by Penick


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 11:24 AM

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