I must have read about 100 books on the full golf swing, chipping, putting, and even golf psychology. That’s seriously no exaggeration!
But here are my personal recommendations for the books that have helped me most with my golf game.
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1. Ben Hogan’s 5 Lessons
This is an old book, first published in 1957, but it still stands as probably the best total overview of the full golf swing.
Hogan was considered by many as the greatest ball striker of all time, and was certainly one of the most consistent. Most modern golf teaching will incorporate some of Ben’s lessons in some form or other.
In 5 lessons Hogan walks through everything from taking your grip, to proper posture and stance, takeaway, backswing, and downswing.
It’s a must have book for any beginner golfer, and if you are just going to purchase one book on golf, then this is the one to get.
2. Golf My Way by Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus is probably the game’s greatest ever player (sorry Tiger!).
In this book Jack discusses his experiences of learning and playing golf, along with walking through the fundamentals of his swing.
Notwithstanding the instructional element (which is excellent), it’s a great read.
3. Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect by Bob Rotella
Did you know that the best golfers will fully visualise a shot before they hit it? Playing it over like a movie in their mind.
It’s true that there’s a big psychological element to the game of golf. When you are feeling confident the fairways seem wider and the holes seem bigger.
In this book Rotella focuses on the mental golf game, and what he recommends really does make a difference. For example, my putting improved massively after reading this book — without changing anything to do with my actual stroke.
If you struggle with nerves on the tee, or tremble with fear over short puts, then this is the book for you.
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