I am an avid reader – maybe collector is a more accurate description…lol – of books and have many favourites.
Please leave your personal reading suggestions – Golf, life, business, or otherwise – in the comments section for all of us to enjoy.
Here are my current golf favourites in each category.
Take note of the classic Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons – The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. If you are looking to overhaul your swing, or simply tune-up on the essential keys, then this book is ideal for you. This book should be in every golfer’s collection as it has long been considered one of the greatest instructional books ever written.
The basic fundamentals of the game are broken down in tremendous detail. Golf instructors all agree that the game begins and ends with solid pre-shot fundamentals and Hogan helps emphasizes this by devoting the first 60 pages of the 127-page book to the grip, stance & posture.
Sports Psychology is an excellent category for any golfer, but specifically for those that feel they underachieve.
Consider any one of the numerous titles written by Dr. Bob Rotella, a world-renowned Sports Psychologist who currently works with a number of the best professional golfers in the world, and heads the Sports Psychology department at the University of Virginia.
His books help to create an awareness of the mental struggle associated with the sport, and are written in a very casual anecdotal style. His titles are always insightful and entertaining, making it tough to choose a favorite, try Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect and branch out from there.
If pure entertainment value is what you are after, then you must read Who’s Your Caddy? by Rick Reilly.
It provides a revealing look at the world of golf, through the eyes of a caddy. Reilly himself takes time away from his post as a sportswriter for Sports Illustrated, and caddies for numerous golfers – both professional and celebrity – including the likes of Donald Trump, David Duval, John Daley, Jack Nicklaus, and many others.
Reading the book is the second-best thing to actually playing the game itself. You get to see a completely different side of some of the professionals, and it is all told in traditional Reilly fashion, humorous and witty…if you like reading his columns in Sports Illustrated, you will love the book.
What are your recommendations? Leave them – any genre welcome – in the comments for all to enjoy.