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I have been buying golf ' help' books since 1995.

The latest one is Dave Pelz ' Damage Control'.

Some of the stuff is obvious, but I never think about it when faced with a trouble shot.

Sort of a refresher of the basics, and when to gamble.

 Once a read something, then when faced with a situation on the course, the results are better.

What are some of your favorites?

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One book that I read recently, that really helped me was "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect" by Dr. Bob Rotella. I've recommended it to others, and they said they benefitted from it was well. I'm definitely going to check out Damage Control.

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I was just going through golf books yesterday, getting ready to reread some over the winter--plan out what to concentrate on for 2021.  

 

Topping the list are my favorite golf books of all time:  

 

Percy Boomer, On Learning Golf (1946)

Fred Shoemaker, Extraordinary Golf and Extraordinary Putting

Gary Nicol and Karl Morris, The Lost Art of Playing Golf and The Lost Art of Putting

 

I rounded out my reread list with:

 

Golf Practice, How to Practice Golf and Take Your Range Game to the Course, by Matthew Cooke, Arick Zeigell and Zack Parker with Game Like Training.

And all of the Vision54 books by Pia Nilson and Lynn Marriot (Every Shot Must Have a Purpose, The Game Before the Game, etc.)

Regarding Fitness:

I need to reread Yoga for Golfers, by Katherine Roberts.  Time to review my yoga routine and see about adding in some more advanced poses.    

I'll also review Golf Sense, Practical Tips on How to Play Golf in the Zone, by Roy Palmer.  The title on this is misleading.  The "playing in the zone" stuff is just kind of an add on.  The book spends most of its time discussing the Alexander Technique and showing golfers how to become more aware of their bodies and applying the new knowledge to their golf games.  (I confess, I'd never heard of the Alexander Technique before reading this book.  My daughter, who got her masters in theater production knew all about it.  I wonder if Chisag has ever heard of it or applied it to golf?

 

That should get me through rainy days in January and February.   

 

 

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2 hours ago, gman8966 said:

One book that I read recently, that really helped me was "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect" by Dr. Bob Rotella. I've recommended it to others, and they said they benefitted from it was well. I'm definitely going to check out Damage Control.

I bought Damage Control on Ebay for $6 ??????.

It was brand new, and lists for $40+.

There are some on Amazon, too.👍👍👍

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Zen Golf was a game changer for me.

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14 hours ago, BadgerGolfer said:

Zen Golf was a game changer for me.

Read that one as well, really like how he related old proverbs to golf.

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I would tend to categorize golf books as being about golf, or golf help.

If you're looking for golf help:

Zen Golf

Own Your Game - Dave Stockton

Unconscious Putting - Dave Stockton

Unconscious Scoring - Dave Stockton

 

If you're looking for books about golf:

A Good Walk Spoiled - John Feinstein

The First Major - John Feinstein

 

That's the extent of my collection right now.  I'm planning to pick up Golf is not a Game of Perfect for the winter.

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Golf is not a game of perfect

Every shot must have a purpose

Anything by Harvey Penick.

I set my copy of Five Lessons on fire.



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Your Short Game Solution - James Sieckmann

Be a Player - Pia Nilsson Lynn Marriott (I found this better than "Every Shot Must have a Purpose")

Lowest Score Wins

Throwback - Golf My Way - Jack Nicklaus

Better Faster: The Modern Golfer's Blueprint for Getting More from Less

Also agree with the other Bob Rotella and Dave Stockton books listed above. 

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Not a golf book but " The subtle art of not giving a f***k".

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As others have mentioned Zen Golf, and anything from Bob Rotella or Harvey Penick are my go to books.

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Your Short Game Solution - James Sieckmann
Be a Player - Pia Nilsson Lynn Marriott (I found this better than "Every Shot Must have a Purpose")
Lowest Score Wins
Throwback - Golf My Way - Jack Nicklaus
Better Faster: The Modern Golfer's Blueprint for Getting More from Less
Also agree with the other Bob Rotella and Dave Stockton books listed above. 
What did you like about Be a Player? I'm really working on the think box - play box approach and a repetitive routine.

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Art of Putting, Art of the Short Game, and Art of the Swing all by Stan Utley.

The Golf Whisperer by Gary Battersby

Golf in the Kingdom by Michael Murphy.

Legend of Bagger Vance by Stephen Pressfield. (So different and better than the movie in my opinion).

Trouble Shooting by Seve Ballesteros. 

 

 

 

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Another one I forgot about was Ben Hogan's Five Lessons. This book is really great when you are first starting or for a refresher on things like grip, posture, stance, etc. Ben Hogan was one smart fellow.

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I like Hogans 5 lessons book and skim / read through it often as it sits on my desk with the rest of the organised mess.  Even if you don't like his 'avoid a hook' swing technique, As mentioned already it's a good reminder of the fundamentals of grip, posture, etc.

I also like Golf My Way by Jack, although I have only watched the video and not read the book.

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20 hours ago, Tsmithjr9 said:

What did you like about Be a Player? I'm really working on the think box - play box approach and a repetitive routine.

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I found that it had all of the content from "Every Shot Must Have a Purpose" plus more, and there wasn't anything important from the other book that was left out of be a player. I like the practice exercises and "explorations" they structured for 9 hole rounds from Be A Player better than the few practice games in the other book that seemed more driving range specific. 

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Ben Hogan: An American Life

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I found that it had all of the content from "Every Shot Must Have a Purpose" plus more, and there wasn't anything important from the other book that was left out of be a player. I like the practice exercises and "explorations" they structured for 9 hole rounds from Be A Player better than the few practice games in the other book that seemed more driving range specific. 
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One of my favorite books about golf is My Place at the Table by John Derr.  Mr. Derr covered the second Masters Tournament as a boy reporter for a small newspaper, and covered the next 60+ Masters for print, radio, and television.  The book simply tells stories from his life, including encounters with Mahatma Ghandi, Albert Einstein, Hogan, Palmer, Dwight Eisenhower, lots more.  Sadly, I don't think its in print anymore, but Amazon shows used copies available pretty inexpensively.  This article gives a taste of the kinds of stories he had to tell:

https://www.linksmagazine.com/characters_john_derr/

 

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