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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.

Golf Tip – How To Master Every Shot You Make On The Golf Course

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Before you can go out to the golf course, you should know exactly how far you hit the ball with each club in your bag under normal weather. (Such as 70 degrees fahrenheit)

If you do know, then you can expect your ball to fly a little bit further or less depending on the weather conditions.

Remember, in the cold weather, the ball will not fly as far and in hot weather, the ball will fly further.

Another thing is that in the cold weather, your ball will not stop as quickly on the greens while your ball will stop a lot more quickly in warm or hot weather.

But again, you need to know the exact yardage for each shot that you know how to hit whether that be a 1/2 swing sand wedge or full driver.

Even though specific clubs are designed for long shots and other clubs were made for shorter ones, the distance that different players can hit the very same club will vary tremendously. This is why so many beginner golfers do not get the results they want from a club that is supposed to hit the ball in a certain way.

The best way to learn specifically what you can accomplish with each is to find a large field that is big enough to handle the travel distance of your longest drive. Make sure that there are no windy conditions that day, and of course be positive that the field is empty for obvious safety reasons.

via onlinegolfexperience