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7 golf books to read this winter

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We hope you find this list valuable, GolfWRXers! All products were independently selected by GolfWRX staff. We may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Prices are accurate and items in stock as of publication or ready to pre-order!

1. Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf by Ben Hogan

Description: “A timeless classic with nearly one million copies in print, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport—fully illustrated with drawings and diagrams to improve your game instantly.”

Get it from Amazon for $7.21

2. Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr Bob Rotella

Notable review: “This is the bible for golfers who want to learn to have a better mindset when playing and practicing the game. If you find yourself getting worked up during a round of golf, or feel like your game is stagnating, this book can help get your mind right. Well-written and straightforward I recommend this book to anyone who takes the game seriously (maybe too seriously). I learned that the way to improving my game was not in perfecting the golf swing but in improving my thinking and emotions on the course.”

Get it from Amazon for $12.76

3. Make Your Next Shot Your Best Shot: The Secret to Playing Great Golf by Dr Bob Rotella

Description: “In Make Your Next Shot Your Best Shot, Rotella’s message is simple but effective: to reach your greatest potential in golf, you need to set your sights high and always think positively. He wants you to aim for something incredible: free your mind, concentrate on your process, accept whatever happens, and commit to making your next shot your best shot. Rotella shows you how to focus your mind, create a routine for success, persevere, and overcome failure.”

Get it from Amazon for $23.34

4. A Course Called America: Fifty States, Five Thousand Fairways, and the Search for the Great American Golf Course by Tom Coyne

Notable review: “Tom Coyne has delivered another fantastic read with “A Course Called America”. With his easy flowing style and vivid descriptions he brings you along on another amazing adventure, but this is more than just a golf book. It’s about people and priorities and remembering what’s important in life. If you haven’t read anything of his before, start with this book and you will quickly want to read A Course Called Ireland and Scotland.”

Get it from Amazon for $20.49

5. Up and Down: Victories and Struggles in the Course of Life by Bubba Watson

Description: “He was a small-town boy who burst onto the international golf scene with a dramatic hook shot from deep in the woods to win the Masters— before the game he loved almost killed him. Opening up about the toll that chasing and achieving his dream of being a champion golfer took on his mental health, Bubba Watson shares his powerful story of the breaking point that gave him clarity.”

Get it from Amazon for $23.99

6. The Story of The Masters: Drama, joy and heartbreak at golf’s most iconic tournament by David Barrett

Notable review: “This book made me feel as though I were outside the ropes at every Masters through the decades. Barrett’s deep research and deft writing does what no other book on the Masters has done–provide a year-by-year narrative of the world’s greatest golf tournament. When the Masters comes this April, I’ll have this book at my side to reference all the history and what happened at the time. Highly recommended for all who love the Masters and sports history.”

Get it from Amazon for $21.49

7. The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney

Description:The Big Miss is Hank Haney’s candid and surprisingly insightful account of his tumultuous six-year journey with Tiger Woods, during which the supremely gifted golfer collected six major championships and rewrote golf history.”

Get it from Amazon for $17.95

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  1. Will Skeat

    Oct 28, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Five Lessons and the Coyne book are fine – the rest aren’t worth bothering with.

  2. Fred C.

    Oct 24, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    “Inner game of tennis” should be on here. One of the better books on the mental side of sports

  3. Leezer99

    Oct 24, 2021 at 4:30 am

    Hogan’s book was the original ruiner of swings before there were Instagram and YT coaches trying to fit everyone into the same ‘fix’. Use the basics of posture, grip and alignment but ditch the rest.

  4. K

    Oct 23, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    If you liked the books by Dr. Rotella definitely check out “Zen Golf” by Dr. Joseph Parent. Useful knowledge beyond the course too. Crazy how a few simple mind tricks can have such a profound influence on the body….

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MLB All-Star sued for $64k by North Carolina Country Club

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Booking tee-times has often been a contentious issue even for the most private of clubs, but San Diego Padres star, Will Myers, has found his frustrations leading to the courts.

According to a recent report by The Charlotte Observer, Myers and his wife, Margaret, joined Carmel Country Club in ‘lockdown’ year 2020 after issues with his previous club, problems that included availability of tee-times due to high demand.

Per the report, after paying 20 percent of his $80,000 initiation fee, the remainder was to be paid annually over a period of four years. However, with golf experiencing a boom during the year of the pandemic, tee times were again hard to obtain and in December 2020, the Myers’ resigned and cancelled their membership.

In response to his resignation, Carmel then charged the couple for the remainder of the fee – $64,000 – and set a date of December 2020 for the amount due. They then took to the courts in March 2021 to find the couple countersuing three months later, stating they had suffered |knowing misinterpretations and commissions.”

Court filings state that the MLB star “found it almost impossible to find a tee-time and frequently could not even use the driving range.”

Carmel denied all accusations and would go on to say that the COVID-19 pandemic “immediately and overwhelmingly altered the lifestyles and available leisure activities for all members of the club.”

The trial is set for February 2022.

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The Match V: Brooks vs Bryson – Full Viewer’s Guide

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Those with long memories might recall the halcyon days of television’s Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, a series of two or three-player stroke-play ‘match’ events that showed many of the top golfers of the day in light-hearted but competitive action over 18 holes.

Players such as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam were some of the miked-up stars that thrilled the crowd and viewers with their comments throughout the hour or so of recorded coverage.

Not in their wildest dreams could they envisage that 27 years later, we would get to a point where two golfers meet in what has become a huge grudge match, with both Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka ramping up the hate over the past few months and even further over the past couple of days.

Cartoon hate or real? Either way, this made-for-TV match has the golfing public eagerly awaiting the best of-12 hole bout and here is the outline of how, when and what this is all about.

Take a look at the figures and hop over to Matt Vincenzi’s article on all the betting odds available and his final verdict.

  • When: Friday November 26th 4pm E.T 1pm P.T
  • Where: Wynn Golf Club, Las Vegas
  • Commentators: Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley
  • Play-by-play: Brian Anderson
  • On-course: Amanda Balionis
  • Format: 12-hole Matchplay
  • Bonus (charity holes): 3-6-7-9-11

And as they want to play it like a boxing match, let’s have a ‘Tale Of The Tape’:

                                      Bryson vs Brooks

 

Is it all nonsense? is it all genuine? Is it all for PIP (Player Impact Programme) income?

Who knows. Whatever, it’s going to be the best ‘The Match’ yet.

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The Match V: Brooks vs Bryson – Top prop bets and who we’re picking to win

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“The Match V”: Brooks Koepka vs Bryson DeChambeau is all set to take place at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 26th at 4:00 PM ET.

For those who want to make the event a bit more interesting, there are plenty of betting options in the prop market for the Brooks Bryson showdown.

Odds via betonline.ag

  • Bryson is a slight favorite to win the Match at 4/5.
  • A hole-in-one by either player pays 50/1.
  • Bryson is the obvious favorite for the longest drive however, Brooks is getting nearly 4/1 on this prop.
  • A blowout match decided by hole 9 or earlier pays 11/2.
Winner of The Match V
American Odds
Fractional Odds
Bryson DeChambeau
-125
4/5
Brooks Koepka
+105
21/20
Both Drives to Find Green on 12?
No
-2500
1/25
Yes
+900
9/1
DeChambeau Drive to Find Green on 12?
No
-240
5/12
Yes
+200
2/1
Koepka Drive to Find Green on 12?
No
-300
1/3
Yes
+250
5/2
Closest to Pin on Par-3 11th Hole?
Bryson DeChambeau
-110
10/11
Brooks Koepka
-110
10/11
Either Player to Hit a Hole-in-One?
Yes
+5000
50/1
First to Break Par on a Hole?
Tie
+130
13/10
Bryson DeChambeau
+190
19/10
Brooks Koepka
+210
21/10
Leader After 1st Hole?
Tie
-130
10/13
Brooks Koepka
+270
27/10
Bryson DeChambeau
+270
27/10
Leader Thru Six Holes?
Bryson DeChambeau
+160
8/5
Tie
+175
7/4
Brooks Koepka
+195
39/20
Longest Drive?
Bryson DeChambeau
-500
1/5
Brooks Koepka
+395
79/20
Match Settled By Play-off?
No
-300
1/3
Yes
+250
5/2
Total Holes Conceded
Under 2½ Holes
-180
5/9
Over 2½ Holes
+160
8/5
When will The Match be decided?
After a Play-off
+250
5/2
Hole 12
+300
3/1
Hole 11
+325
13/4
Hole 10
+400
4/1
Hole 9 or Earlier
+550
11/2

The Match V: Best Bets

Winner of The Match V: Bryson DeChambeau -125

For these types of events, I typically tend to side with the underdog due to the variance that can occur in a single match. With the match being only 12 holes, the outcome becomes even more unpredictable. However, there are a few reasons why I still believe that the value lies with DeChambeau at a slight -125 favorite.

For starters, DeChambeau has experience in this type of event. Aaron Rodgers and Bryson appeared in the match last year and defeated Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson quite convincingly. After a slow start, Bryson really appeared to gradually settle in as the match went along and should have a better idea of what to expect this time around.

Additionally, DeChambeau is just playing much better golf than Koepka recently. In their past 24 rounds, DeChambeau ranks 9th on Tour for Strokes Gained: Total whereas Koepka ranks 121st of 150 qualified golfers. Brooks is also coming off of back to back missed cuts at Mayakoba and The Houston Open.

While it is entirely possible that Koepka’s killer instinct kick in as he attempts to take down DeChambeau (who I genuinely believe he truly dislikes), I am siding with the guy who is simply a better golfer right now as a slight favorite.

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