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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.

Follow Through

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Follow Through

As you can see, the follow-through shown here is not too on-plane, but not too bad. (for playing golf for the first time in couple months…)

Anyways, the ideal follow-through is the one that will meet that yellow line. (or the plane)

This swing is actually going slightly outside-in, which was how I was hitting the ball today.

Anyways, hopefully I should be able to get my golf game together over the next couple days and get you a perfect plane shot…

In the meanwhile, you can try to “hit the right field” if you are experiencing lots of slices. For hookers? I don’t know, just stop being a hooker! :p

Here’s my swing from last year

Friday, September 7th, 2007

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Here’s my swing from last year

After college, I played in the mini-tours in Northern California called, Pepsi Tour. Basically you pay your $300 entry fee and if you win, you win like $1000 to $3000. Not a bad deal if you win most of the time but I lost most of the time… It was a good experience because I got to play with all the best players on that mini-tour. There not that many contenders so if you play enough tournaments, you get to play with the best players eventually.

I would have kept playing but I broke my middle finger while playing basketball so I need to save some money until I get back on tour.  (I am thinking of making donation buttons on this site if there’s enough traffic in the future…hehe… you can ALL sponsor me… and I will give you 500% return if I make it to PGA Tour.  Good deal huh?)

Eventually, I should be able to make money selling mattresses at my new company and get back on to playing golf.  If you wanna be a pro golfer and you live in the Nor-Cal area, I do suggest playing the Pepsi Tour.  It’s a lot of fun.

Anyways, the above video shows my swing with some LEDs in the dark.  I was making this LED device for fun but it could be a good training device too.  (I should patent it huh?)

Check out how to make the LED Golf POV here at my Zedomax site.