The 1st book I read was a book called Golf Fore!! Beginners: the fundamentals by Stephen J. Rutherber. It was ok. But for some reason I would slice the ball far right. So then I would start aiming to the left of the fairway, so if I did slice I'd still have a chance of landing on the fairway. I knew my club head must have been opened on impact, but try as I might, I just couldn't seem to get it square.
Then I read this book, Ben Hogan's Five Lesson's. It showed me how to rotate my left hand farther to the right, and how to place my right hand ( I'm a right handed golfer). The grip still feels a bit uncomfortable for me right now. But it works. I can easily tell by looking if it's right. This book gave me more confidents in my swing plane.
So I read this book and practiced in my yard with some almost golf balls for a week. I went out yesterday for a 18 hole round (my 4th game ever, 1st 18 hole round). Low & behold, I had some great tee shots and other shots as well. I even had two long straight shots with a 4 iron, the 1st time I ever hit a long iron well. On average with my driver (tee shots). I was hitting them 200+ yards ( I'm 53, for me that's good). And keeping them on, or close to the fairway. When I did miss the short grass, it was only by a few feet left or right of the fairway. Much better then 30+ yards right of the fairway stuck behind trees and stuff. Water holes, well now that's a different story. lol.
Now that I'm gaining confidence in my swing, maybe now I can devote more time in learning my short game. Any good suggestions on a short game book?
I know some people can argue that Ben Hogan's swing is out dated and 80 years old or so. But for now it's working for me. Later on when I get better, if I decide I want to go longer, then maybe I'll try to learn to swing more from my right side. But for now I'll stick with this swing.
Now if I can only learn to waggle with out knocking my ball off the tee.