Posts Tagged ‘Golf Books’

Golf Books #283 (Charlie Takes His Shot: How Charlie Sifford Broke the Color Barrier in Golf)

Jul 25th

Charlie Sifford loved golf, but in the 1930’s only white people were allowed to play in the Professional Golf Association. Sifford had won plenty of black tournaments, but he was determined to break the color barrier in the PGA. In 1960 he did, only to face discrimination from hotels that wouldn’t rent him rooms and clubs that wouldn’t let him use the same locker as the white players. But Sifford kept playing, becoming the first black golfer to win a PGA tournament and eventually ranking among the greats in golf.

Publication date: January 1, 2018(source)

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Golf Books #282 (My Mind Body Golf)

Jul 18th

“Adam Stevenson is hands-down one of the top golf coaches in the world. His new book My Mind Body Golf is incredible! It’s packed full of great information on all aspects of golf performance, health and fitness, mindset, and so much more! Every golfer could benefit from reading this book!” – Clint Howard MS, Bestselling Author

“Adam Stevenson is one of golf’s superheros!  His excitement for teaching along with his ability to educate and entertain in his golf instruction separates him from the pack.  Adam has an incredible passion for learning, which is what makes him such a great teacher.  He has been on a constant quest to understand the mind and body on a deeper level, and this book brings together the pieces of the puzzle to help us all play better golf.” – Jeff Pelizzaro, 18STRONG

“Finally a book that teaches you how to succeed on AND off the golf course. Adam shares the tools and techniques you need to maximize your performance in a fun and professional manner.  If you want to perform at your highest level in golf and in life, than you need this book.” – Jordan Jeske of GolfLife Performance

Publication date: June 15, 2017 (source)

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Golf Books #281 (The Life of Tom Morris: With Glimpses of St. Andrews and its Golfing Celebrities)

Jul 11th

The author, W. W. Tulloch was an eyewitness to the enormous changes in golf that took place at St. Andrews from 1850-1900, all of which revolved around the figure of Tom Morris, who was, as Ben Crenshaw said: “… the first player who had people’s adulation that really made the game universally popular”.

Filled with sketches of the famous early professionals, the great matches, and all the stories of the early days of championship golf, this is one of the most famous and hard to get books on the game.

Many humorous stories are woven throughout this great biography – for example: Tom Morris, at a commemorative dinner, on hearing a lady sing: “Doctor, her pronunciation is very bad, for I canna mak oot a word she’s sayin.” No wonder. The song was French! Tom’s reputation for short putts was not good; in fact he once received a letter from a friend, addressed “The Misser of Short Putts, Prestwick”, which the postman took straight to the champion. At Prestwick, where Tom worked in his younger years, a man was heard “shouting out one cold, frosty morning that there was ‘a man on the beach trying hard to drown himself.’

It was only Tom Morris breaking the ice to enjoy his usual morning dip in the sea, for he made a practice of bathing all the year round, notwithstanding the state of the atmosphere.” This is the greatest of all golf classics, and no lover of the game should be without it.

Publication date: April 5, 2017 (source)

Golf Books #280 (Golf Shoes: Why They Matter So Much)

Jul 4th

When you ask avid players about the key aspects of the game of golf, then there is a great chance that they will tell you about the importance of the golf clubs and the iconic golf ball. However, they fail to realize that the shoes on their feet play an essential role on how they play the game.

In fact, wearing the wrong kinds of shoes on the course may impede your game and even cause painful injuries in the worst cases. The game of golf, just like other professional sports, requires the use of specialized shoes.

In this book, you will learn about the first kinds of golf shoes and how they evolved to being the technological wonders that they are today.

You will also learn how to choose the right kind of shoes for your particular needs. Aside from that, you will gain some tips on how to keep them in tip-top shape so they can serve you well for many years. I am sure that once you finish reading the last page, you will have a trove of knowledge about golf shoes. In the process, you will gain a better understanding of its importance.

Publication date: April 5, 2017 (source)


Golf Books #279 (Life’s an Unplayable Lie)

Jun 27th

As its front cover accurately states, “Life’s an Unplayable Lie” is 28 years’ worth of unbelievable, true, golf stories as told by Angelo Spagnolo, “America’s Worst Avid Golfer,” including the most incredible one…how he recorded the highest documented score, 257, in the over 555 year history of golf…including a 66 on one hole!!!” With a foreword by “Golf Digest” magazine’s Bob Carney, the story is divided into three parts; Part One, “A How-To Guide to Becoming the Worst Golfer Ever” goes from telling of his many early sports failures all the way to the epic 1985 “Worst Avid Golfers” Tournament.

From there, Part Two, “Life as America’s Worst Avid Golfer” describes the incredible fallout from becoming the only documented worst golfer in the history of the game, including amazing occurences that took place on golf courses around the world. As an unexpected conclusion, in Part Three, “Detailing Life’s Ups and Downs,” the author describes in riveting detail the results of another amazing attempt at once again slaying his own personal nemesis, the 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass… this time in front of the cameras of the “Golf Channel”. But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #278 (Golf with the Devil)

Jun 20th

Rolf Zeiler, a German born writer has dedicated this book to all golfers because golf is a tough devilish game. To survive it, he felt that all of us need some big laughs to ease the painful moments that this game definitely gives us.

Golf with the Devil is a book for the 60 million golf enthusiasts worldwide trying to master the game. It is a suitable gift purchase for all people wanting to buy a golf humor book for their golf-addicted friends. The book is a compilation of ten short stories evolving round a golfing mad Devil. Getting souls to hell is an easy task for the Devil these days. And like the human working population, he suffers from monotony.

Just for fun, the writer add an interview, sections of legal Implications in negotiating with the Devil, golf courses named after the Devil and a few jokes. So, the Devil in these tales uses golf, his hobby, to win a soul because it presents a more exciting challenge.

But it’s not that easy, as readers would discover, some golfers are smart enough to outwit the Devil while others fall prey. But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #277 (Stableford: A Life in Golf, War and Medicine)

Jun 13th

Known as the ‘Patron Saint of Club Golfers’ throughout the world, Dr Frank Barney Gorton Stableford is recognised as one of the most prominent figures in the history of golf.

Like the good doctor he was, Stableford introduced and developed a scoring system which greatly reduced the pain of bad play and increased the enjoyment of the game for golfers of all standards.

Beyond golf, his achievements as a man of ideals and many talents provide us with shining examples of how to contribute to the world in which we live and make a difference through personal commitment.

This fascinating book traces his family background from its industrial beginnings through the decades of tumultuous and peaceful times and his life in golf, medicine and war.

Publication date: June 5, 2017 (source)

Golf Books #276 (The Golfing Brain: Fast-Brain Golf)

May 23rd

Golfers’ most essential tool is also their least understood tool: the brain.

Golfers are of course aware that they use their brain to swing a club, plot strategy, and estimate outcomes. But most golfers know very little about how distinct brain functions promote or inhibit a satisfying round of golf. They’re unaware that they can consciously shift modes to their benefit. They operate under the false assumption that the physical and mental aspects of golf are separate elements of the game.

Without an adequate understanding of the interplay of the brain and the rest of the body, golfers can spend thousands of hours on the practice tee and still have disappointing rounds. They can buy the latest high-tech equipment and take decades of lessons, and still find themselves grinding away, hole after hole.

Golf—even competitive golf—should be a pleasant experience. It should elicit our best selves, not our worst selves. This is the guiding principle of Fast-Brain Golf. The book’s author, James H. Grubbs, is a practicing psychiatrist, competitive golfer, and golfing-brain instructor. His interest in psychology and neuroscience, and his years of golf experience, inform this practical and innovative guide to better golf.

Fast-Brain Golf does not purport to reveal “secrets” of good golf—because, as the author insists, there are no golf “secrets.” There is only adequate understanding of brain functions as they apply to golf, ongoing stroke practice, and the willingness to enjoy every round, regardless of what’s at stake.


Golf Books #275 (Memoirs Of The Legendary Iron Man Of Saint Andrews)

May 16th

With the Foreword written by Donald J. Trump, “Memoirs of the legendary Iron Man of St. Andrews” reads very much like an historical analysis of the birthplace of golf, yet most golf academics say it’s more than that, …much more.

The 93000-word memoirs entail a hauntingly in-depth account of the Iron Man’s 89 well-spent years of life and golf within the enchanted royal burgh of his birth, beginning mid-June of 1827, when at age six, he and his six year-old best chum, wee Tom Morris met “The Wizard of the North,” Sir Walter Scott, beneath St. Rules Tower in the graveyard amongst the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral.

This historical novel provides a revealing look into the real history of 1800s Saint Andrews, Scotland and its golfers.

Publication date: January 22, 2017 (source)

Golf Books #274 (Reflections on the Art of Golf)

May 9th

After six years of turmoil caused by the illness and injury of the two people closest to me in my life, and the aftermath of dealing with their eventual deaths, I found myself in need of a place to live in order to spend what remained of my life. And as destiny would have it, I stumbled on a townhouse on the third hole of the golf course I had played the last five years, and immediately purchased it and moved in a week later. As hoped, the change in my environs pulled me out of the introverted world in which I lived, and propelled me into a new life in the only place of cheer left to me; the golf course.

Having completed the four novels in The Art and Artifacts of Adventure series I spent the last three years writing, concerning the adventures my companions and I survived on a lengthy archaeological expedition through Mexico and Central America in 1981, I needed a break of indeterminate length, until such time as I felt ready to begin another major project. But to keep my hand in the game as it were, out of the blue I resolved to write about the people I watch play past my porch when I am not myself playing golf.

In theory, this inconsequential task would help hone my observational skills on matters mundane, surreptitiously surveilled from my back porch not a stone’s throw from the tee on the third hole of the Littleton Golf and Tennis Club’s executive golf course. I would then use these observations to write and edit a chapter in a single sitting until it was publication ready, before emailing it to a dozen people to be read. I hoped this intensive exercise would drastically improve the composition quality of my first drafts, and concatenate the dozen rewrites I usually made into a single carefully composed edit, as if I wrote a daily column for a newspaper on a fixed deadline. But wait, there’s more…