• Announcements

    • iacas

      Visit FlagstickRule.com   03/13/2017

      Visit the site flagstickrule.com to read about and sign a petition for the USGA/R&A regarding the one terrible rule in the proposed "modernized" rules for 2019.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
navidfirouz

Top 3 Golf Books

19 posts in this topic

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

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

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.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

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.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • 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.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

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?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

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.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Ben Hogan Five Fundamentals

Harvey Penick books- Red & Green

Dave Pelz  Short Game Bible

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2017 TST Partners

    PING Golf
    Leupold Golf
    Snell Golf
    Talamore Golf Resort
    Lowest Score Wins
  • Posts

    • This entirely depends on where you play. I play courses that usually have three groups and a couple of singles out per side, and I would say no, but then I get to an urban course, like Long. Island, or South Florida, and it's anger management time.  I like to watch my friends's shots, and compliment their successes, I take a couple practice swings if I am in an uneven lie, or whatever, but I am not going to spend time searching for extra balls while walking between shots, or sit and BS at the tee before shooting. For some reason I am always ready to hit first, honors or no, and I just don't get why people take so long there. As long as I can do the things I enjoy, like watching my shots and my friends shots, and take due care taking my shots and putting, I don't feel rushed, but three hours for a foursome means you have four serious golfers. My golfing is more social so that is unlikely to happen. I play with one guy who takes pace seriously, and we do fine.  If we want to pick up the pace of a group, we play best ball.
    • It would  be cool to see him get his card and do well, in this age of specialists from day 1, someone takes a different route and makes it.
    • Well, what if a feel for you produces a result for another that doesn't work at all? That is the problem of using feels in trying to describe what is going on. I am not you, you are not me, and we are not Mickey Wright.  Each golfer needs to find their own feel for what might produce the same movement. 
    • GOT, Walking Dead, and 13 Reasons Why.
    • It's not the powers that be. It's anybody who understands the golf swing and its mechanics. "feel" is never scientific nor does it provide any evidence. You don't agree with that? "Reasons to support the old school motion". Iacas has repeatedly stated he supports your appreciation for what you call 'Old School". He stated he's fine and even teaches the lifting of the lead heal if it allows one to gain better rotation. You seem to be trying to defend something and I'm not sure what it is you're defending. The rear leg does not retain its flex completely on the bs. You can have the 'feeling' all you want that it does. But it doesn't. Just like 'feeling' you keep your trail arm straight to help widen your swing. It's impossible to keep straight. Feeling it as being straight? Fine. I don't think you seem to understand that just because these 'old school' golfers SAID what they felt or did during a swing doesn't  represent WHAT THEY ACTUALLY DID. Mickey Wright can say she tried to get all her weight or 95% of it on her trail leg in the backswing. Fine. But she didn't. You can't possibly believe that if we put these "old school" golfers on pressure plates their readings would be vastly different than today's 'modern players'?  No one has said the old school motion was wrong. What has been stated, correctly by Iacas, is that what you're describing as what is being done by that swing is incorrect. Hell, you even just admitted your statement on weight shift was inaccurate.  So....what, again, is your point?
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Golfgirl10543
      Golfgirl10543
      (43 years old)
    2. jkettman
      jkettman
      (28 years old)
    3. old man1953
      old man1953
      (64 years old)
  • Get Great Gear with Amazon