Posts Tagged ‘Golf Books’

Golf Books #272 (Unprecedented)

Apr 18th
2017
To mark the twentieth anniversary of his historic win at the 1997 Masters, Tiger Woods will for the first time reflect on the record-setting win both on and off the course.
In 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 23, 2017 (source)

About the Author

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.

Golf Books #271 (Understanding the Golf Swing)

Apr 11th
2017

This modern classic of golf instruction by renowned teacher Manuel de la Torre (the 1986 PGA Teacher of the Year and the #11 teacher in America as ranked by the editors of Golf Digest in 2007) presents a simpler approach to the golf swing based on Ernest Jones’s principles.

Understanding the Golf Swing includes information on the philosophy of the golf swing (with emphasis on the development of a true swinging motion), the most thorough analysis of ball flights available, and analysis of the principles of special shot play (including sand play, pitching, chipping, putting, and playing unusual shots) and the mental side of golf and effective course management.

The final chapter offers an organized approach to understanding golf courses and playing conditions. The result is a blend of philosophy and practical advice found in few golf instructional books.

Publication date: October 24, 2017 (source) But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #270 (The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup)

Apr 4th
2017

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Good Walk Spoiled returns to golf with a riveting inside look at the 2016 Ryder Cup—the mega-tournament pitting the United States against Europe, and one of the most exciting and highly watched tournaments of all time.

As a golf tournament, the Ryder Cup is unique—pitting the greatest American and European golfers against one another in a contest that emphasizes team over individual victory. Tensions have flared in recent years as the Europeans have dominated the tournament—setting up the fierce showdown of the 2016 Ryder Cup. As a #1 New York Times bestselling sports journalist John Feinstein had a tee-side spot and personal access to all the players from both sides. What results is a riveting book that covers a superb tournament, played in the United States for the first time since 2008 (at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota).

In true Feinstein style, he takes readers through the team selection, preparation, travel, and, with incredible detail, the riveting matches among the very best players in the world. From Rory McIlroy to Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson to Phil Mickelson, Feinstein delves into the side stories and skirmishes, the camaraderie and challenges that ultimately led to a superb tournament for the American team. Feinstein’s mega-bestseller, A Good Walk Spoiled, set the bar for golf books, and golf fans will now have the type of inside story that prompted The Boston Globe to call Feinstein “the best writer of sports books in America today.”

Publication date: October 24, 2017 (source)

Golf Books #270 (The Range Bucket List: The Golf Adventure of a Lifetime)

Mar 28th
2017

From beloved golf writer James Dodson, author of Final Rounds and American Triumvirate and a two-time winner of the USGA’s Herbert Warren Wind Award for best golf book of the year, The Range Bucket List is a funny, intimate, nostalgic journey of self and sport in which the legendary author completes his golfing “bucket list.”

Many years ago, when James Dodson was thirteen years old, he wrote himself a list titled “Things to Do in Golf.” It included the golfing aspirations of a young boy who had no idea where life would take him.

A few years ago, now in his sixties and one of the most respected golf writers of all time, Dodson rediscovered the piece of paper in an old trunk. Realizing that he had yet to achieve many of his thirteen-year-old dreams, and pondering the things he’d add to the list if he wrote it today, he expanded the list into a golfing “bucket list” of the people and places he had yet to meet and see in the golf world.

In this tribute to the game he loves, Dodson takes readers on a journey around the world and into the lives of characters large and small. From an interesting lunch with Donald Trump to rounds with John Updike and intimate conversations with Arnold Palmer, from scoring a memorable thirteen on a hole at St. Andrews to revealing the real reason The Masters has always been broadcast on CBS, The Range Bucket List is simultaneously an exhilarating armchair adventure and one man’s love letter to a game that has fundamentally shaped him and his life, filled with unforgettable characters, untold history, and lots of heart.  But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #269 (Legacy of a Common Man)

Mar 14th
2017

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
2017

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
2017

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
2017

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
2017

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
2017

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…