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Top 3 Golf Books

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Hello

I cannot post this in the reading room so I'm asking it here.

In your opinion, what are the top 3 best books about golf?

Take care,

Navid

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Instruction? I learned the game reading Ben Hogan's Five Lessons & Jack Nicklaus Golf My Way.

About the players? Arnie & Jack - Inside Golf's Greatest Rivalry is a great read.

Fiction? The Mindfield, by yours truly. Coming to a bookstore near you in the near future.

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Originally Posted by navidfirouz

Hello

I cannot post this in the reading room so I'm asking it here.

In your opinion, what are the top 3 best books about golf?

Take care,

Navid

Depends on what aspect of golf you are talking about.  Instruction?  History?  Personalities?

Narrow down what you are asking.

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My favorite two are Bob Hope's Confessions of a Hooker - My Life Long Love Affair with Golf

and the book about Titanic Thompson's golf hustling career - The Unsinkable Titanic Thompson

according to Bob Hope, the only reason he got into acting and the entertainment business was to support his golf habit.

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  • Five Lessons  - The Modern of Golf - Ben Hogan
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played - Mark Frost
  • The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses - Tom Doak

These provide a great insight into pretty much everything one needs to know about how to play the game, how the modern game evolved and beginnings of professional golf, and what golf course architecture is all about.

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Thanks guys!

I bought these two for now:

  • Five Lessons - The Modern of Golf - Ben Hogan
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played - Mark Frost

They cover a wide aspect of golfing.

Nave

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Originally Posted by turtleback

Depends on what aspect of golf you are talking about.  Instruction?  History?  Personalities?

Narrow down what you are asking.

Thanks turtleback - I was looking for something more general. The other replies did answer my question.

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5 lessons..Ben Hogan

Down to Scratch..Abe Mitchell....better than 5L, IMO.

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I just finished reading Zen Golf and it has really got me thinking. I'm going to have to buy the Ben Hogan book and check that out since everyone else loves it.

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Great options there.

If you like "The Greatest Game Ever Played," check out "The Match." Awesome book. It is about a match between the best professionals at the time (Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson) vs. the best amateurs (Ken Venturi and Harvey Ward). Really well written.

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I realized recently that golf has been a big part of my entire life but I've never really read any golf books. Fiction or non-fiction can you all recommend some good books written about the game- whether it be from a historical, personal, spirtual, etc. perspective, just looking for good book ideas. Thanks

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I think that there is suppose to be a pretty good one coming out in about a week or so...

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I just finished "Putting Out of Your Mind" by Dr. Bob Rotella. It was a great read and I am considering picking up some of his other titles.

Anyone read any of his other books?

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I own a lot of the books listed in this thread. Hogan's 5 Lesson is a very good book, and Penick's Little Red Book would be the 2nd of the three of my favorites. Penick's book is just a great, simple book to read. My third, and also my favorite is the " Nine Bad Shots of Golf......... [Jim Dante] " I found myself always going back to this book when ever my swing took a vacation. My reasoning is that if you know (understand) what causes a particular bad ball flight, you will have a head start fixing the swing problem(s) associated with it. This is especially important for an on course fix during a round. I also found out a long time ago, that (IMHO) most book titles that use the word "secret" in it's title is probably not worth a read. There are no "new secrets" in the golf swing. I prefer the older teachings of the golf swing, and anything by Manuel de la Torre will help anyone's golf game. So would anything by Ernest Jones.

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The Match is the best golf-related book I've ever read.  It's tough to put down.

Another really good one is A Course Called Ireland by Tom Coyne.  It's a travelogue of sorts--he walks the entire perimeter of Ireland carrying a golf bag and plays every course he encounters, including all the great Irish courses.  Along the way he experiences things you'd expect someone to experience if he walked the perimeter of Ireland for 3 months carrying only a golf bag.  Well written, funny, and lots of great reviews of courses.

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Ben Hogan Five Fundamentals

Harvey Penick books- Red & Green

Dave Pelz  Short Game Bible

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On Learning Golf - Percy Boomer  (an early [1946] book on how to be a feel player, respected by everyone who reads it)

A Golfer's Education - Darren Kilfara (a Yale golfer fanagles his way to doing his senior research project at St. Andrews so he can play there and on many other outstanding Scottish courses. Fabulous descriptions of them and what it is like to play them)

The Golf Swing - Cary Middlecoff  (probably the most articulate instruction book ever written, the chapters, "Your Swing," and "Some Personal Conclusions" should be memorized.)

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Has anyone in here read "Open" by John Feinstein? One of the people I follow on Twitter mentioned it the other day during the US Open, and it made me want to check it out. Just curious if anyone else had read it before.

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