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I've been trying to get to the ShotScope e-books, hopefully that'll happen soon enough.  Also, I was at my brother-in-law's house yesterday, picking up a bookshelf, and came across one of Ben Hogan's books, but it wasn't offered to me, so I didn't ask for it...might have to see if I can get my hands on it at some other time. 

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I still read all 4 of Harvey Penick's books- red, green, blue, and white covers. Lookat my sig if you are surprised by that.

I also have Rotella's Golf is Not a Game of Perfect & How Champions Think.

The best new book is Every Shot Must Have a Purpose by Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott.

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Currently I focus more on the golf digest. Great articles and lighter reading. I actually learned how to hit out of traps through Golf Digest about 3 years ago and its one of the stronger more reliable aspects of my game. I am also focusing on stretching books the one below has been great in between while sitting at my desk. Highly suggest the Golf digest articles though great reads:

https://www.golfdigest.com/story/become-confident-with-your-bunker-play

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Finished Lowest Score Wins and Golf my Way. Considering picking up a copy of Unconscious Putting but see that it is offered as a free e-book on amazon currently with an audible trial. Can't argue with that price! 

Does anybody have feedback on Putting out of your Mind by Bob Rotella? I am looking for something geared toward routine and mind state as opposed to mechanics. I hear the book is relatively short with a lot of stories as examples, so it seem like it could be light on actual content which would make it easy to pick up from the e-book. 

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On 6/28/2015 at 12:20 PM, PlaidJacket said:

I haven't read any golf books lately but this one might be interesting. I mean isn't anything about Hogan interesting? We'll see. My question to all you is what golf book are you reading? Magazines don't count by the way.

 

Later today I'll be pan searing a NY Strip in my cast iron skillet. And... reading my newest golf book, Ben Hogans' Magical Device.

 

I prefer reading instructional books when it comes to golf. I've got two entire book cases full of them, plus three stacks of books next to my bed. I'm more apt to re-read ones that I have then buy new ones, for the sake of having something new. I'd say in general I've recommend books written by those known to be some of the best players in the world (Faldo, Price, Els, Norman, Hogan, Elkington, etc), or the instructors that taught them (Butch Harmon, Rick Smith, Leadbetter, etc) over less establish people.

My favorite book and one that I am reading again right now is Nick Faldo's Golf the Winning Formula. It was published back in 1992 when Faldo was at the height of his playing career, and it's an excellent break down of all parts of playing the game. It was an eye opener the first time I read it. I was surprised that some of the things he wrote of hadn't been talked about more often by instructors, and players to that point, and even today. Once in awhile another great player or instructor might mention a few of the points lending further credence to the information, but much of the information is still a secret from those who have not had the benefit of reading the book. It details the reasons why he would setup and swing, chip, putt, etc the way he did, and pitfalls people (including pros and non-pros alike) are likely to encounter if they are instead getting in some of the positions and making movements that have at one time or another been advocated by other people playing or teaching the game.

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If anyone's debatinging reading a particular instructional book, but wants a second opinion post here, and if it's one of the books in my library I'll share my thoughts on if I'd recommend it or not, and positives or negatives of it if you want that information.

PlaidJacket, the Magical Device book is not among those I've read. If you find it worthwhile let us know.

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I just finished Penick's LRB. I found it an enjoyable read. Mostly just some golf "wisdom" and gave me some things to think about. I'm definitely down with the "Take Dead Aim" mantra. It was a fun, light read. 

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I have the Little Red Book. A fun read, but so many little anecdotes it's tough to pull a ton of usable info out of it without multiple re-reads (I think anyway). Like others, I've read the Short Game Bible by Pelz and while he's a maniac, the book is great and has helped my wedge play a ton. I've also read Mickelson's short game book (however I think the video is better) and that had a ton of fun and useful info,

I'm currently looking for a good read, maybe something in architecture. I have heard good things about "Anatomy of a Golf Course" which I know was mentioned on here. Also potentially looking into Tom Coyne's "A Course Called" series. Any recommendations for that or something similar?

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I just finished Penick's LRB. I found it an enjoyable read. Mostly just some golf "wisdom" and gave me some things to think about. I'm definitely down with the "Take Dead Aim" mantra. It was a fun, light read. 
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'The Little Book of Breaking 80" by Shane Jones

A pretty quick read, gets a bit repetitive. Another analysis based 'focus practice on short game' argument.

 

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  • Anatomy of Greatness by Brandel Chamblee
  • Any book by Harvey Penick
  • Golf My Way by Jack Nicklaus
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Just read These 3 books. Nice golf stories, although the 3rd one (St.Andrews) spent a few chapters too many on back ground stuff. Overall nice reading and pretty good understanding of Golf.

 

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Just read The Mindful Golfer. It was meh. I agree with TR1PTIK about the Bob Rotells books if you like the mental side. Some other good suggestions in this thread I will look into. 

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Every other year I try to read Zen Golf. It is a quick read and a good way for me to get my mind right during the long MN winter's.

Earlier this year I finished Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. I thought it was a really good to get a look inside what made Tiger the way that he is. Especially given that I grew up watching him and he was the reason that I got into golf in the first place.

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Just bought Adam Young's book. at 370+ pages not a quick read but very interesting as it deals with a number of things 'swing' books don't like how you learn and goal/practice setting. 

 

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Just bought Adam Young's book. at 370+ pages not a quick read but very interesting as it deals with a number of things 'swing' books don't like how you learn and goal/practice setting. 
 
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