Every golfer should take in as much information as possible to improve his/her game. Books are an excellent source of information on topics that range from the physical to mental side of the game. With an endless number of books available, the following list represents some of the most popular and best-selling golf books of all time – these are our picks for the must-read golf books of 2015.
Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
In this classic book, Ben Hogan instructs golfers how to break 80 by building a repeatable golf swing. Hogan uses illustrations to demonstrate the grip, stance posture, and two basic components of the swing. Five Lessons is a necessity for any golf library.
Golf is Not a Game of Perfect
Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella takes a look at the mental side of golf. Honestly, any golf book written by Dr. Bob Rotella is a must read. In Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, Dr. Rotella examines how to achieve optimum performance for players of all skill levels. After you finish Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, be sure to check out Dr. Rotella’s other books, which include: Golf is a Game of Confidence, Putting Out of Your Mind, and Your 15th Club.
Little Red Book
Take dead aim! Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book is a must-read for any golfer, and is the highest selling golf book ever published. Penick shares stories that occurred over his career as a golf instructor. Penick’s instruction seems to make the game easy to understand. Some of his students, such as Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw, are featured in the Little Red Book. After you finish the Little Red Book, check out Penick’s other titles, that include: And If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend: Further Reflections of a Grown Caddie; For All Who Love the Game: Lessons and Teachings for Women; The Game for a Lifetime: More Lessons and Teachings; and The Wisdom of Harvey Penick: Lessons and Thoughts from the Collected Writings of Golf’s Best-Loved Teacher.
The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever
Written by Mark Frost, The Match features the improbable matchup of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson against Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward. The book follows the hole-by-hole true story of one of the greatest golf matches ever played.
Golf for Dummies
Gary McCord, CBS Golf Commentator, explains everything about golf in this fun-to-read introduction to the sport. McCord entertains readers while providing excellent instruction and drills. This is a perfect book for any beginning golfer.
PGA Teaching Manual: The Art and Science of Golf Instruction
Written by Dr. Gary Wiren, the PGA Teaching Manual is designed primarily for PGA members and apprentices. Every PGA Professional receives a copy once they become an apprentice. The PGA Teaching Manual allows instructors to formulate a style on how to teach the golf swing. In addition, the book covers the components necessary for a repeatable golf swing. While portions of the book might not be interesting to an amateur golfer, the Teaching Manual answers just about any question you may have regarding the golf swing.