Posts Tagged ‘Golf Books’

Golf Books #269 (Legacy of a Common Man)

Mar 14th

A Powerful True Story of Triumph, Collapse, and Redemption

Jimmy has the kind of story they make movies about. He was born into the type of poverty that nobody ever escapes. But, from an early age, he showed an uncanny ability to defy the odds. Jimmy went to the prestigious Howard University on a baseball scholarship, and seemed on track to leave the legacy of generational poverty behind. But, after five years, he left Howard, without a degree and without much hope for his future.

But, Jimmy knew how to work hard. Through a combination of ambition and good fortune, he left the world of menial jobs by discovering his true passion and talent, managing golf courses. Golf would take him all the places he once hoped baseball would. Jimmy became the first African-American president and partner in Golf Course Specialist’s history.

A recognized community leader, his life was chronicled in the Golf Channel’s 2011 special, “Golf in America: The Jimmy Garvin Story.” He is also is the recipient of Proclamations from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Florida. But, while he steadily climbed to the top of his profession, he made a few ill-advised decisions. But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #268 (The Life & Times of Donald Ross)

Mar 7th

During the early years of the 20th Century, golf became a fundamental part of the American Dream. Perhaps more than any other individual, Donald Ross helped to establish the sport in his new country. His place in history has essentially been that of a prolific architect who created some of the finest examples of the form.

However, the true extent of his achievements go well beyond the consensus view. With surpassing style and insight, The Life & Times of Donald Ross re-configures his place in history and establishes the man as a notable figure in the broader field of American culture.

Publication date: December 19, 2016 (source)

About the Author

Chris Buie has been playing the Donald Ross courses of the Pinehurst area for over four decades. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal discussing Ross and is a frequent contributor to Golf Club Atlas.

Golf Books #267 (The Bogey Man: A Month on the PGA Tour)

Feb 28th

51diwillxlGeorge Plimpton chronicles his month spent on the PGA tour in THE BOGEY MAN, now repackaged and including a foreword by Rick Reilly and never-before-seen content from the Plimpton Archives.

What happens when a weekend athlete–of average skill at best–joins the professional golf circuit? George Plimpton, one of the finest participatory sports journalists, spent a month of self-imposed torture on the tour to find out. Along the way, he meets amateurs, pros, caddies, officials, fans, and hangers-on.

In THE BOGEY MAN, we find golf legends, adventurers, stroke-saving theories, superstitions, and other golfing lore, and best of all, Plimpton’s thoughts and experiences–frustrating, humbling and, sometimes, thrilling–from the first tee to the last green.

This intriguing classic, which remains one of the wittiest books ever written on golf, features Arnold Palmer, Dow Finsterwald, Walter Hagan, and many other golf greats and eccentrics, all doing what they do best. But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #266 (The Random History of Golf: Embarrassing Shanks & Outrageous Slices)

Feb 22nd

41o0dumiodlThis is the story of golf as it’s never been told before: Mary Queen of Scots cheers herself up at the links at Leith following the murder of her husband Lord Darnley; Dwight D. Eisenhower’s valet shoots the breeze as he clears up the Oval Office following a particularly grueling Presidential putting practice session; and Bob Hope’s chauffeur experiments with some one-liners while waiting for his boss in the clubhouse car park.

The albatrosses, the Big Berthas, the yips and the holes-in-one that have provided the perfect excuse to linger at the 19th hole are amusingly recalled for the delectation of the Fair Isle sweater brigade.

Publication date: May 1, 2016 (source)

About the Authors

Aubrey Ganguly is the Editorial Director at Future Publishing. Justyn Barnes is a former editor of United magazine and now works as a freelance writer, contributing regularly to various publications. Tony Husband is an award-winning cartoonist.

Golf Books #265 (The Release: Golf’s Moment of Truth)

Feb 14th

71-fawun7elToo much of what we hear of golf instruction is either way too simple or way too complex. It is either just another tip or the instruction is so clouded in scientific language that you need an advanced degree to understand it.

This book will completely explain club delivery and will teach you there are two very opposite ways to do it. Both are in the Hall of Fame and you will learn which release belongs in your game and how to correctly execute it. In his fourth and latest book, The Release: Golf’s Moment of Truth, Jim Hardy tackles the most critical part of the golf swing.

His simple, clear explanations of the two types of releases in the golf swing (RIT and LOP) will be sure to help everyone determine what is best for their swing and instantly hit the next ball better. His clear explanations using photos and simple terminology promises that you will not be bogged down with language you do not understand, or information that does not easily relate to results. Everyone wants results and the clearer the information is communicated to you the sooner the results are achieved. But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #264 (The 145th Open Annual: The Official Story)

Feb 1st

51nlcpnxlhlThe 145th Open Annual chronicles Henrik Stenson’s thrilling victory at Royal Troon as he became the first player from Sweden to become the Champion Golfer of the Year and claim the prestigious Claret Jug. This year’s edition of golf’s oldest and most international Major Championship saw the most incredible head-to-head battle between Stenson and former Champion Phil Mickelson. Playing alongside each other over the weekend, 36 holes of intense drama, the pair produced record scoring before Stenson finally pulled in front of the popular American with four birdies in the last five holes to win by five strokes.

Battling the elements as well as the course and each other, with extremes of weather from sunshine to high winds and heavy rain, the pair produced scintillating golf to match the “Duel in the Sun” between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus at Turnberry in 1977. They separated themselves from the rest of the field to finish respectively 14 strokes and 11 strokes ahead of third-placed JB Holmes. Stenson, the European Ryder Cup star who was runner-up to Mickelson in 2013, set a new record of 20 under par for The Open with 10 birdies in his final round meaning he equalled the Major record of 63, as Mickelson had done in his opening round. But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #263 (The 1997 Masters: My Story)

Jan 24th

618kpljculIn 1997, Tiger Woods was already among the most-watched and closely examined athletes in history. But it wasn’t until the Masters Tournament that his career would definitively change forever. Woods, then only 21, won the Masters by a historic 12 shots, which remains the widest margin of victory in the tournament’s history, making it an iconic moment for him and sports.

Now, 20 years later, Woods is ready to explore his history with the game, how it has changed over the years, and what it was like winning such an important event. With never-before-heard stories, this book will provide keen insight from one of the game’s all-time greats.

Publication date: March 21, 2017 (source)

About the Authors

Tiger Woods, now 40 years old, has had an unprecedented career since becoming a professional golfer in the late summer of 1996. He has won 105 tournaments, 79 of those on the PGA TOUR, including the 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2005 Masters Tournaments, 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2007 PGA Championships, 2000, 2002, and 2008 U.S. Open Championships, and 2000, 2005, and 2006 British Open Championships. With his second Masters victory in 2001, Tiger became the first ever to hold all four professional major championships at the same time. In winning the 2000 British Open at St. Andrews, Woods became the youngest to complete the career Grand Slam of professional major championships and only the fifth ever to do so. Tiger also was the youngest Masters champion ever, at the age of 21 years, three months and 14 days, and was the first African-American or individual of Asian heritage to win a major championship.

Lorne Rubenstein has written 13 books while contributing to magazines around the world. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Golf Books #262 (Open Bag: Memoir of a Homeless PGA Tour Caddie)

Jan 18th

41yitk0w-nlPierre Van Achterbergh was born in Johannesburg during the days of apartheid. An unhappy childhood afforded little stability in life and he mostly drifted in the wind. Following the loss of a successful restaurant business on account of an out of control gambling addiction, a series of crazy twists and turns led him from South Africa to discover the world of professional golf.

Pierre thrived within this world, caddying for leading golfers across the PGA, European, Sunshine and Asian Tours. As a professional golf caddie living a jet set life he hit the big time on the European Golf Tour, becoming one of the best caddies in the world. Unable to escape his gambling demons, life once again came crashing down around him, bringing a return to his home country but in a homeless position.

Today Pierre remains homeless and unable to find employment. Above all else, Pierre Van Achterbergh has earned his stripes and at heart remains a PGA and European Tour, multi-event winning, professional caddie.

Publication date: October 13, 2016 (source)

Golf Books #261 (Ray Billows – The Cinderella Kid…)

Jan 10th

51h6usjt8rl…The unlikely and colourful story of a world-class amateur golfer

In 1935, just five years after the great Bob Jones won his Grand Slam and retired from competition, a 20-year-old amateur golfer in a struggling family left Racine, Wisconsin for a $17-a-week shipping clerk job in Poughkeepsie, New York. Ray Billows brought with him a self-taught golf game from the caddie ranks, a gritty determination, and wondrous dreams of competing and succeeding at the highest level of American amateur golf.

He brought little else. He arrived at the prestigious Winged Foot Golf Club for the 1935 New York State Amateur Championship in a dilapidated $7 Model T Ford convertible that he intended to sleep in, and without enough money for a caddie. He left with his first significant title and a nickname – The Cinderella Kid – which captured what he was and what he had accomplished.

All of Ray Billows’ dreams came true, except for one that would haunt him throughout his life. This book tells his story, a story that is sprinkled with thrilling golf, wonderful success, cruel disappointment, personal highlights, humorous anecdotes with Bob Jones, the Duke of Windsor and Babe Ruth, and a reputation as one of the finest gentlemen in the game.

The book also provides a glimpse into American amateur golf during the period from 1930 to 1950. It contains a 12-page photos insert with 27 photographs. But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #260 (The Heart of Golf: Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances)

Dec 21st

51-dxmbjs9lHave you ever been “in the zone” on the golf course? Have you ever felt in control of all aspects of your game with increased power, intensified focus, and mental clarity? Have you ever experienced being on automatic pilot as if someone else is swinging the golf club for you?

From her fifty-seven years of playing competitive golf, expert golfer Joan King guides you through the learning levels necessary to put you into this flow state of euphoria where peak performances occur without struggle, thinking, or effort. Her approach ultimately involves learning about your true inner self.

It means learning how to trust and use abilities that you have rarely exhibited but do know that you have, and to have fun doing it. “The Heart of Golf” explores negative emotions such as fear and performance anxiety, the four C’s of mind blockage, the four progressive stages of learning, the supreme intelligence of the heart, and the way to access the zone in competition.

It is a player’s guide for developing your true inner self by returning to the joy and love of self instead of seeking praise and rewards from the outside world. But wait, there’s more…