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

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9780002185387: Little Red Golf Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf

With over 60 years of coaching amateur players, as well as professionals of the calibre of Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw and Byron Nelson, golf teacher and former University of Texas coach Harvey Penick has a wealth of golfing experience on which to draw. His ability to see through all the technical jargon associated with the golf swing, means that all players, whatever their level, can follow his teachings to get the most out of their game. Named after the red notebook Penick has always kept, this book is a collection of parables revealing the important truths behind the game of golf. It is full of useful advice not only for the keen golfer, but for pros and teachers as well. It is divided into a series of anecdotal lessons and teachings, from learning which club to use and practising the swing, through to overcoming bad habits and preparing for big matches. Holding the club "like a musical instrument"; letting confidence rub off on one by playing with a better golfer; "powdering" the ball to check on clubface address - these are just some of Harvey Penick's homespun tips on how to improve one's game.

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The late Harvey Penick was one of the game's great teachers and his Little Red Book is one of the game's great inspirational motivators. Comprised of epigrams and anecdotes culled from the notes Penick took over a very long lifetime, it is filled with gentle prodding, practical swing advice, calming emotional counsel, a contagious love for the game and much good will and encouragement for golfers at every level.

Before titanium drivers, before oversized heads and bubble shafts, before electronic systems to tell you how far you are from the pin, golf was much the same game it is today. The lessons Harvey Penick taught in the pre-gadget days still stand. The golf swing is basically the same and Penick could teach it better than anybody. For most of his life, he never intended to publish his Little Red Book, a notebook of golf wisdom and anecdotes that he compiled with the idea that he'd pass it on to his son. But, for the sake of history, it's a good thing that he changed his mind. Contained in its 175 pages is just about all you need to know about golf from a technical standpoint, along with Penick's priceless memories of working with famous pros, teaching absolute nobodies to get the ball in the air and finding a horde of bat manure and hauling it across town in a pickup truck to fertilise his golf course. This book makes you feel good about playing golf, that you're part of something steeped in ritual and mystery and tradition, and that the game was played perfectly well before perimeter-weighted, graphite-shafted irons came along.

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A unique blend of practical tips and parables revealing the important truths behind the game, 'Harvey Penick's Little Red Golf Book 'steers clear of all the technical jargon associated with the golf swing and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play to the best of their ability.

In a career spanning over sixty years, during which time he has coached amateur players and professionals of the calibre of Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw and Bryon Nelson, legendary golf teacher and former University of Texas coach Harvey Penick has kept a running record of all his observations on the game. Now with the help of novelist and sportswriter Bud Shrake, he has turned his thoughts and words of wisdom into a book on golf instruction. The result is a charming collection of over eighty homespun lessons and teachings from a man whose simple and common-sense approach to life and, above all, his love for golf shine through.

No extravagant terms, no complex analysis. Penick tells it straight, whether it concerns holding the club correctly, how to knock strokes off your game, or playing with a positive attitude. His book is full of valuable advice that will inspire you with confidence, and help you improve your golf and enjoy your game.

"…the most important instructional book ever written."
TOM KITE

"Harvey Penick tees up a lifetime of wisdom."
PEOPLE

"…should be required reading for golfers of the world."
GOLF WORLD

"Once you start reading, you never want to stop."
AMERICAN STATESMAN

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