2020 Best Golf Books

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Ben Hogan's Five Lessons

Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf

These are Amazon reviews from genuine purchasers of this book:

"I'm a novice golfer that has been away for the sport for several years. Getting back into it I wanted to find a resource that took a simple and direct approach to the golf swing. I think I have found it. In a sea of technology, social media marketing and five steps programs to driving the ball 300+ yards, this book gets right down to business and what the golf swing is really all about. If you take the teachings and then go online and see the many slow motion videos of Mr. Hogan's swing, then you can really see how it all comes together. And the illustrations in the book are very effective and well done too. I'm a visual learner, so that was important to me. Lastly, I'll say that I love the way this book is written. Somehow it seems to give you a sense not just about the swing, but about the man behind perhaps the most beautiful swing in golf history. Very beautifully executed book."

"Hogan's book is a short, but comprehensive analysis of the golf swing. His stated purpose of giving the average weekend golfer the tools to develop a repeatable golf swing has, in my opinion, been met. The fundamentals he espouses are few, and simple enough to implement without causing one to overthink. I found his views about grip and stance, and their importance in setting up the rest of the swing, particularly helpful. If you're a student of the game, this book is a prerequisite before reading the multitude of expert analyses of Hogan's swing that are available elsewhere. The advanced golfer interested in developing his/her knowledge of shaping shots and ball flight won't find information here. But if you're like me and want to develop better consistency of contact with all your clubs and eliminate anxiety as you stand over the ball, then this book is for you."

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The supplier says:

A timeless classic with nearly one million copies in print, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport—fully illustrated with drawings and diagrams to improve your game instantly.

Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport, believed that any golfer with average coordination can learn to break eighty—if one applies oneself patiently and intelligently. With the techniques revealed in this classic book, you can learn how to make your game work from tee to green, step-by-step and stroke by stroke.

In each chapter, a different experience-tested fundamental is explained and demonstrated with clear illustrations—as though Hogan were giving you a personal lesson with the same skill and precision that made him a legend. Whether you’re a novice player or an experienced pro, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons is a must-have reference for anyone who knows that fundamentals are where champions begin.

Arnold Palmer A Life Well Played

Arnold Palmer A Life Well Played

These are Amazon reviews from genuine purchasers of this book:

"The sad part about this review is that Mr. Palmer won't be able to read it. This book was on my "wish list" before he died and it was released a couple of weeks early after he did. There is only one book to read about Mr.Palmer and A Life Well Played is that book. The chapters are short and many topics are covered. The reader feels as if he's actually having an Arnold Palmer while Mr.Palmer shares his take on a variety of subjects. There is no gossip here, nothing controversial -- it's just Mr. Palmer talking about this and that. The world lost someone special when Mr. Palmer died. When is the last time you ever heard something bad about Mr. Palmer? Never. What a great compliment and thankfully he was able to pen this book as the unexpected end was so near -- his last gift to us. Rest in peace Mr. Palmer and Thank You!!!!!!!!"

"As a 15 year-old novice golfer, I was able to follow Arnold in the MEmphis Open. He was my hero and golfing idol. He didn't mind your speaking to him during his competitive play. He signed his autograph with a smile - AND You easily recognize his name. I also spent a lot of time walking with Winnie. I did again in the 1962 Memphis Open. They are indeed two of the finest humans I've ever met."

The supplier says:

"A wonderful compilation that reflects who he was as a person, as a golfer, and as someone who believed in giving back. He was a champion at each turn, and it was an honor not just knowing him and competing against him for nearly 60 years, but also being his friend." ―Jack Nicklaus, from the foreword

This book is Palmer’s parting gift to the world -- a treasure trove of entertaining anecdotes and timeless wisdom that readers, golfers and non-golfers alike, will celebrate and cherish. No one has won more fans around the world and no player has had a bigger impact on the sport of golf than Arnold Palmer. In fact, Palmer is considered by many to be the most important professional golfer in history, an American icon.

In A Life Well Played, Palmer takes stock of the many experiences of his life, bringing new details and insights to some familiar stories and sharing new ones. This book is for Arnie's Army and all golf fans but it is more than just a golf book; Palmer had tremendous success off the course as well and is most notable for his exemplary sportsmanship and business success, while always giving back to the fans who made it all possible. Gracious, fair, and a true gentleman, "Arnie" was the gold standard of how to conduct yourself in your career, life, and relationships. Perfect for men and women of all ages, his final book offers advice and guidance, sharing personal stories of his career on the course, success in business, and the great relationships that gave meaning to his life.

Be a Player

Be a Player: A Breakthrough Approach to Playing Better ON the Golf Course

These are Amazon reviews from genuine purchasers of this book:

"I am always leery of buying yet another golf instruction book, and I have been researching books from Vision 54 for some time. When I saw that they released BE A PLAYER, it looked like it was the way to go, and I purchased the Kindle version. Their concepts may not be for everyone, but they were right on target for me.

This book does not concern itself with swing fundamentals, it is about the mental side of the game. You will learn about issues that prevent you from playing up to your potential on the golf course. You will learn more about yourself on the course, why you play well and why you do not play well. There are many subtle things that affect you while you are playing and you were most likely unaware of them, or how they change how you play. Once you are aware of the aspects they discuss you can monitor yourself during a round and make adjustments between rounds and even during rounds."

"I have read all of pia and lynn's books and they are all phenomenal, and each one of them take your golf game to a new level. Their most recent book, Be A player continues to take you even further into the internal world of golf, which addresses the saying that golf is 90% mental. While traditional golf instruction continues to only focus on external side of golf; technique, technology and physical fitness. This book will help anyone, at any level of golf. Be prepared to be shocked as the very 1st round after reading this book I got my 1st hole in one. Thank you Los and Lynn!!"

The supplier says:

The founders of the world-renowned VISION54 training program and the authors of the bestselling Every Shot Must Have a Purpose take golf instruction to the next level in this groundbreaking new approach to mastering the game.

Golf is a beloved yet technical game, so a sound swing and precise technique are essential. Most golfers who want to improve their skills go to the range and work painstakingly on their swings, not realizing it’s often their performance state on the course that needs work, not their technique. Simple things such as awareness of your balance, tension, and tempo, as well as the ability to control mental, emotional, and social variables you encounter while playing can quickly take your game to a new performance level.

Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, founders of VISION54’s groundbreaking and innovative golf program are here to help. Aimed at both the weekend golfer and the advanced player, each chapter presents a series of “human skills”—including assignments, explorations, and mini-lessons—that strip away the complexity surrounding swing technique and playing consistency—the conditional variations that plague golfers.

Be A Player is the must-have book for any golfer who wants to unite technical skills and on-course performance seamlessly and effectively. With this cutting-edge text by your side, you will become a true student of VISION54 and a better player better on the course…where it matters most!


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About the Author Phil Lancaster

I'm a passionate golfer and, like many amateur golfers, swing between love and frustration. Love because nothing beats the satisfaction of a sweet round played on a challenging course under a beautiful sky in the open air. Frustration when nothing seems to go right. The duffed shot off the tee, the slice that results in a lost ball, the missed 3 foot putt and even just not playing to your handicap. This site is aimed at helping you with articles that provide you with knowledge and advice, along with research and recommendations into clubs, accessories and clothing. May all your drives be straight down the middle of the fairway.

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