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#91 0351Duffer

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 12:40 AM

John Daly's Book - "Golf My Own Dam Way!" Totally funny and I could relate to almost every story and section. Lot's of great tips and advice. It's a book you can read in one evening if your so inclined and if you don't laugh at least a dozen times...you're probably dead.


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 05:48 PM

View Postartfulgolfer, on 30 March 2007 - 05:38 PM, said:

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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Would you mind sharing a bit more on this?  I just started reading this book after reading another 'mind' book called Quantum Golf.  I'm also a 12.  How did this book affect your game?  Thanks!

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 05:49 PM

Quantum Golf.  Terrific parable about approaching the game of golf from the mental standpoint.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 01:01 AM

Little Red Book -- Harvey Penick
The Venturi Analysis -- Ken Venturi
Lesson Tee -- Jack Nicklaus
Five Lessons -- Ben Hogan
Practical Golf -- John Jacobs
How to Perfect Your Golf Swing -- Jimmy Ballard

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 01:06 AM

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 07:36 AM

Any of Rotella's books

Non Instruction:

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever  - Mark Frost
Slaying the Tiger - Shane Ryan
Missing Links - Rick Reilly
Into the Bear Pit: The Hard-hitting Inside Story of the Brookline Ryder Cup - Mark James

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 06:36 PM

The Bogey Man by George Plimpton is a great book. It was written in the 60's about his attempt to play the West Coast Pro-Am swing.
The stories and characters are really good. It shows you where golf was compared to today. A must read for us older guys.

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 08:26 PM

View PostKing_Slender, on 24 July 2017 - 09:14 AM, said:

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.
Bought and read this last winter. A great read.

Now that outdoor golf is winding down (we had a freak snowstorm on Monday-3 inches, closed roads, high winds)I started re-reading Mr. Floyds book. Because my golf has changed, the book seems like a whole new read. I'm a slow swing ( and apparently a slow learner) and learned to hit a couple of high loft fairway woods this season. The part in the book I'm at is where Ray discusses swing speeds and use of FW's by slow swings.

Just finished the little red book for the second time. Damn. Did I even read this last year? Great stuff.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 08:09 AM

Can't say these are the best of the books written about golf.  They are my personal favorite and I have not read all the books about golf, not yet.


-Ben Hogan's five lessons, the modern fundamental of golf, by Ben Hogan

-The Greatest Game Ever Played, by Mark Frost

-The Making Of The Masters, by David Owen

-The golfing Machine, by Homer Kelley

-The Match, by Mark Frost

- Golf Anatomy, by Craig Davies, Vince DiSaia, cscs

-Golf Club Design,Fitting,Alteration & Repair.   By Ralph Maltby 4th Edition

-Golf Club Repair in Pictures, by Ralph Maltby

-Golf Clubmaking and Repair , by CArl Paul

-Tommy's Honor, by Kevin Cook

--Arnie and Jack, by Ian O'connor

-Ben Hogan, An American Life,  by James Dodson

  Ben Hogan's five lessons is the only book which I have multiple copies.  I believe the author had devour the truth of his "secret" in this book, however, others would not believe it because he did not emphasize enough of the most important ingredient in the formula.  "Find It In The Dirt".

He did, find it for himself.  But it could not be this simple, right ?  And a secret is supposed to be a "short cut" which shouldn't require hours and days and months of refining the tools of the golf swing.  The non-believer will never get it.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 12:39 AM

Golf is not a game of perfect! Best golf book. Anything Bob rotella!

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 02:04 PM

I am surprised I haven't seen "Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia" mentioned, although the movie was not my favorite. I thought the book was amazing.

All of the Penick books are pure gold, and will always be the greatest for me though. I have multiple copies of each that I occasionally use with my golf team and/or students...
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 09:02 AM

Flatbellies - by Alan B. Hollingsworth

I have to recommend this book,  anyone could enjoy this story, but it came out just after I graduated HS on a state championship team.  I couldn't put it down as I was obsessed with girls and golf.

This book is a fictional tale not about golf instruction, but more a high school golf team, their quest for the state title, on and off the golf course.  Adolescence in a small Oklahoma Community
The book has been compared to Hoosiers or Stand by Me, for golfers.
I really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down.  look it up and give it a read

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