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Fore Plus One: Five Golf Books That Changed My Game


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Recommended by Rebecca of the library's Adult Department.

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Harvey Penicks Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf

by Harvey Penick, with Bud Shrake This little book contains just about every tidbit about the game of golf that you can imagine. It was recommended to me by a golf pro from whom I took lessons and was and still is the foundation of my game.

Extraordinary Golf: The Art of the Possible

by Fred Shoemaker, with Pete Shoemaker I love that fact that this book stresses staying in the moment and playing one shot at a time, something that changed my focus and took strokes off my scorecard. Dont look here for tips on the mechanics of the game. This one is all about the inner game of golf.

A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour

by John Feinstein A Good Walk Spoiled is a look at the pain and pleasure of playing golf professionally. The author takes readers inside the PGA Tour over the course of a year. I was consoled to learn that even the best players have bad rounds. Feinstein does a great job of showing the PGA Tour as the people behind the professional facade. When I watch tournaments now, I feel like I know the players.

The Cosmic Laws of Golf (and Everything Else)

by Printer Bowler This is a feel good about your game and yourself book. After I read The Cosmic Laws Of Golf, my confidence in my game soared. Now I feel like anything is possible when I hit the links. I especially love the cosmic golf training exercises that Printer Bowler shares.

Golf and the Spirit: Lessons for the Journey

by M. Scott Peck This one is my favorite! Pecks book is golf as a metaphor for life. Reading it made me look at my golf game and my life in a whole new way. Once I stopped trying so hard I actually started playing better. Golf and the Spirit is a book I go back to again and again.