Golf Books

Recommended Reading:
There are so many great books devoted to golf instruction and improvement. Below are a few of the ones that I feel are important for golfers to read. If you are going to invest time and money chasing a better game, take some time with some good books to help navigate your course. By no means is this an exhaustive list, just some books I like.
Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf

Often regarded as the swing bible for players looking to get better. This book covers in great detail the fundamentals of the Hogan golf swing. Mr. Hogan is still the measure of great ball striking in professional golf. In a class alone, his ability to control his golf ball has never been matched. I highly recommend this book to all golfers with one cavaet. My suggestion is to take this book in parts. Master the grip first followed by the stance. Take your time, it’s a journey not an instant panacea. If you are serious about the sport this book is a must addition to your library.

How I Play Golf
I often wish Tiger Woods would return to the fundamentals touted throughout this book. Much of the work he did with Butch Harmon is detailed in these pages. Aside from the technical pieces described, I found the mental techniques to be the golden ticket. The pictures are great, you can really see the positions that Tiger achieved with all the hardwork and dedication. A lot of people have great talent, but only the elite combine that talent with a significant dose of unparalled work ethic. This book doesn’t seem to hold a place high on the mantel of the greats. I can only say it shouldn’t be discounted without giving it it’s due.
Secrets of the Short Game
 “Phil the thrill”, easily one the 10 best short games in the history of golf. Honestly, top 3 given his ability and creativity. In Secrets of the Short Game, Phil accepts the challenge admirably to convey the fundamentals of his short game to the common golfer. Techinically, it’s a great piece of work, a tremedous value for people trying to improve their short game. Again, not a book to read all at once. There is a lot of information, but it’s all good. “Hinge and hold”, keeps the chilly dips at bay. Definitely, this book should grace your coffee table.
Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf
 If you play golf, intend to play golf, or just like watching golf on television, this book is a must read. The genius is in the short concise relateable story telling. Harvey Penick was a master at teaching the game of golf to his students. More importantly, the game of golf mirroring the ups and downs of life. Read this book! It’s a short and easy read. I can’t promise it will drop your handicap, but I can promise you will look at the game a little differently after reading it.
Unconscious Putting: Dave Stockton’s Guide to Unlocking Your Signature Stroke
Keep this book by your nightstand. Another one of those books that is the gift that keeps on giving. Dave Stockton is the putting guru to the pros. The fundamentals you may know, but the why is more important than the how. If you want to improve at putting, add this one to your library. Can’t say it’s the most engaging material ever produced, but you get through it and the rewards are profound.
Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game
Zen Golf is a trek through a heighten state of being as a doorway into playing better golf. Mind tricks into staying in the moment and enjoying the nuances of the mental side of the game. Afterall, golf is capable of crippling the most stable of mind and confidence. I like the book because a lot of the tenents could be applied to all areas of your life, not just golf. It’s a short one that I have read often in one sitting. A great travel companion.
Golf is Not a Game of Perfect
This book is a classic. There have been many spinoffs in the franchise, but this book, the original is the only one that is the must read in my opinion. Good solid science in the pursuit to become a better player.
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