Posts Tagged ‘Golf Book Review’

Golf Book Review – Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons – The Modern Fundamentals of Golf!

Friday, October 30th, 2009


Even with Tiger winning so many majors and Jack Nicklaus having accomplished so much, there’s still only one “best striker” of the golf ball in my mind, Ben Hogan.

What’s amazing about Ben Hogan is not that his swing is perfect (which it is and most modern golf instruction have derived from Ben Hogan’s concepts, this very book), his car got hit by a big rig on a foggy day and he was paralyzed from the waist down!  Well, he came back somehow and was able to walk again AND he won more majors after that.

If you get into such a serious injury and still be able to win major golf championships, that certainly is a miracle.

Not all Ben Hogan’s concepts are valid as golf equipment has changed over the years but most of the core concepts are very valuable and if you haven’t read this book, you are not a real golfer.

Really, what do Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have in common?  I bet they got Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons of Golf somewhere in their house.

Look at all the shots Tiger is hitting, all those knockdown shots?  Well, they are Ben Hogan’s shots, really.

I bought my copy when I was 9 years old, that’s 20 years ago.  The pages are sorta ripped but I still read it at least once a month, it’s very entertaining to me to read it over and over again.

Get your copy on Amazon, this is a book every golfer should have if they consider themselves real golfers.

P.S. This is like the “bible” of golf, seriously.  No one else in the world has written a book detailing the mechanics of swing the correct way decades before slow-motion digital cameras were available.

Golf Book Review – Advanced Golf by Greg Norman!

Thursday, October 29th, 2009


If you want to get your game to another level, one of the MUST READ golf instructional books is Advanced Golf by Greg Norman.  Before Tiger Woods came into golf, Greg Norman was the #1 golfer in the world.  Well, Greg Norman might have failed in a lot of majors but I don’t think it’s his game that caused that rather something “mental”.  Regardless of how he came up short at majors, he’s still regarded as one of the best golfers ever lived along with Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan.   At least in my book he is still one of my golfing heroes.

I grew up watching Greg Norman beat virtually everyone and I betcha Tiger Woods has this very book in his bookshelf somewhere, probably autographed by Greg himself. I know for a fact that Tiger looked up to Greg Norman and learned a lot from him before he became the #1 golfer in the world.

Anyways, if you are going to get this book, make sure to get the hardcover version as it will last you longer, I still have my same book I bought back in 1995, still good as new after 14 years. :)

Let me tell you a little bit about the book though, it’s a great book because Greg Norman features his iron swing and driver techniques in detail, especially made for those golfers who are trying hard to break 90, 80, or become a scratch golfer.

This book was also written while Greg Norman was taking lessons from Butch Harmon.  (and Tiger started taking lessons from Butch before he started winning everything…)

FYI, Tiger Woods started golf when he was 2, Greg Norman started when he was 15 years old!  If you count how many years it took Greg Norman to win a professional tournament versus how long it took Tiger, you will get what I mean how talented Greg Norman is.  If Greg only started golf a bit earlier, we would never find out.

Anyways, this book is definitely a classic and I am sure it will be a classic for years to come.  If you are a hardcore golfer, this is a MUST to have in your bookshelf.

Get it on Amazon here, and make sure to get the HARDCOVER if you are hardcore golfer! (there’s an option for that)

Golf Book Review – Tiger Woods – How I Play Golf

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Tiger Woods - How I Play Golf

I remember when How I Play Golf came out to the bookstores. I immediately bought one and I think it’s a very good book Tiger has put together.This is a must to get. If you don’t have one yet, GET IT NOW!  Tiger will teach you everything from trick shots to health fitness.  Although I DO NOT recommend you to copy his swing mechanics unless you are under 18, there’s so much short game and putting in this book that can help your golf game.

There’s no denying that Tiger Woods has taken golf by storm. It seems like every time this 25-year-old swings a club, another PGA record is shattered. While his explosive drives, accurate approach shots, and steady putter certainly contribute to this success, both fans and critics agree that it’s Tiger’s devastating mental game that has propelled him to become the premier golfer of our time. Now Tiger shares his thoughts on what he calls the game of a lifetime. He reveals the five secrets he believes are responsible for his success-a combination of physical, metaphysical, and psychological practices he uses daily to keep his game in top shape and help him to transcend all the ups and downs of golf. Best of all, Tiger reveals his unique approach to the game for the first time ever in this one singular volume.

Get it here:

How I Play Golf

How I Play Golf
by Tiger Woods

Golf Book Review – Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Golf is Not a Game of Perfect

I bought this book, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, when it came out at the bookstores long times ago. (I think about 10 years ago or so…)

Anyways, this is one of the best books on golf psychology that I’ve seen in my lifetime. Although Dr. Bob Rotella isn’t a pro-golfer, he does case a lot of scenarios with other pro-golfers such as Tom Kite among many other pro-golfers to show you the mental side of playing golf.

Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price (last year’s Player of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, and many others. Rotella, or “Doc,” as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What Rotella does here in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer’s game, from mental preparation to competition. The most wonderful aspect of it all is that it is done in a conversational fashion, in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. And, as some of the world’s greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular.


Golf Book Review – John Daly’s Grip and Rip It

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Golf Book Review - John Daly’s Grip and Rip It

John Daly is probably one of my favorite golfers of all time. His swing is somethin’ If you read his book, “Grip It and Rip It”, you will find that he does a lot of things that you don’t expect him to.

For example, John Daly does have one of the longest swings ever BUT he does has one of the best rhythms in golf. You don’t realize how great his rhythm is because all you are focusing on is his long swing and his distance. But look at his swing carefully and you will see a little Freddy Couples in him.

Even, Tiger’s previous Coach Butch Harmon, quotes John Daly in his book, Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf (By the way, THIS book, is way too cool…).

I used to try to copy his swing during one of my golf years and was pretty successful at it. I remember when I would read his book over and over again until couple pages decided to take lives of its own and take off somewhere in my bedroom…

Anyways, check it out. You should also read his book from couple years ago where he writes about his life but we will get to that so…

Get Grip It and Rip It! here

John Daly’s Swing on Youtube;

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P.S. The weirdest thing is that I live in San Francisco right next to John Daly Blvd., right next to Daly City! It must be a coincidence that he’s among my favorites. I mean, of all the places you can live in, I am living next to John Daly Blvd and Daly City?!? John should really move here.

Get the book here:

Grip It and Rip It: John Daly's Guide to Hitting the Ball Farther Than You Ever Have Before

Grip It and Rip It: John Daly’s Guide to Hi…
by John Daly

Golf Book Review – Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Golf Book Review - Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book

Having spent more than 18 years playing golf, I’ve read a lot of golf books. (Actually, I think I read more than 95% of them, at least what’s on the bookstands..)

Anyways, I figured I could start recommending a few if you want to become a better golfer.

Harvey Penick is the teacher of the two famous golfers, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw.

In this little book, you will learn a lot about how to “play” the game, not just hit balls.

There’s a lot of analogy between Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw in this book.

For instance, one time Tom Kite was practicing too much so Harvey told him to go play with 3 golf balls on the golf course instead.

There’s a little bit of this here and there that will tremendously help you understand that golf is not just hitting the ball. You can learn a lot of golf psychology from this little book. Although I personally don’t think Harvey’s swing mechanics are upto par, golf isn’t about swing mechanics so this should help.

Get it here.

Harvey Penick’s life in golf began when he started caddying at the Austin, (Texas), Country Club at age eight. Eighty-one years later he is still there, still dispensing wisdom to pros and beginners alike. His stature in the golf world is reflected in the remarkable array of champions he’s worked with, both men and women, including U.S. Open champion and golf’s leading money winner Tom Kite, Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, and LPGA Hall of Famers Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls, and Kathy Whitworth. It is not for nothing that the Teacher of the Year Award given by the Golf Teachers Association is called the Harvey Penick Award.Now, after sixty years of keeping notes on the things he’s seen and learned and on the golfing greats he’s taught, Penick is finally letting his Little Red Book (named for the red notebook he’s always kept) be seen by the golf world. His simple, direct, practical wisdom pares away all the hypertechnical jargon that’s grown up around the golf swing, and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play their best. He avoids negative words; when Tom Kite asked him if he should “choke down” on the club for a particular shot, Harvey told him to “grip down” instead, to keep the word “choke” from entering his mind. He advises golfers to have dinner with people who are good putters; their confidence may rub off, and it’s certainly better than listening to bad putters complain. And he shows why, if you’ve got a bad grip, the last thing you want is a good swing.Throughout, Penick’s love of golf and, more importantly, his love of teaching shine through. He gets as much pleasure from watching a beginner get the ball in the air for the first time as he does when one of his students wins the U.S. Open.Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book is an instant classic, a book to rank with Ben Hogan’s Modern Fundamentals of Golf and Tommy Armour’s How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time.