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Harvey Penick , Bud Shrake
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Book Description

6 May 1996
The final work from the legendary teacher.

His gentle demeanor and timeless wisdom made Harvey Penick America's best-loved teacher of the game of golf. At the time of his death in April 1995, Harvey was well along in the work on this, his fourth book of golf instruction. Like his classic "Little Red Book", "The Game For a Lifetime" is filled not so much with swing tips and stance aids, but with a timeless philosophy that seeks to improve your play by improving how you feel about your game.

Harvey tells us about the different methods he used to help his pupils find twenty more yards off the tee; about the sweet-swinging students whose swings he could remember and recognize without having seen them for thirty-odd years; and he advises the seasoned golfer -- whose seasoning is measured not in years, but in experience on the links and at the practice tee.

Harvey always said that he knew that his teachings have stood the test of time. His was truly a lifetime spent pursuing the best the game has to offer us: physically, emotionally, spiritually. "The Game For a Lifetime" is a fitting testament from this remarkable man.

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (6 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671553143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671553142
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,884,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Golf manual 18 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Like most golfers I would like to improve my game. This includes reading manuals. I like golf and books about golf, so this successor to the little red book was not a disappointment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Game for a Lifetime 17 Oct 2009
Harvey Penick is always a good read. An excellent bedside book with short chapters on all aspects of golf. It is witty, funny and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than just a golf book 22 Aug 2003
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sure this is an excellent book about golf with countless items not even touched upon in other books , but like the other Penwick titles it offers so much about life in general and is truly inspirational.
A must read for everbody that could easily have been called
" The book of life!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars You must add this book to your Penick collection. 3 Feb 1999
By Tommy Smith ( - Published on
If you enjoyed Harvey's other books, you'll also enjoy this one. My wife ordered it for my birthday, and I couldn't put it down. There are more interesting anecdotes and golf wisdoms from golf's greatest all-time teacher. Like his other books, you feel as if you're sitting with him in his golf cart under the shade of a big old pecan tree at his beloved Austin Country Club. It's a quick read, and the stories he tells will stay with you on the golf course forever. Thanks, Harvey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Help From the Beginning 8 Mar 2001
By Michael Marine - Published on
I was given this book by my dad when I made my high school golf team and I can honestly say it's the one thing that got my game on track. From the minute I read the first page, I was hooked. His lessons make so much sense, and his love for the game enlightens you as you read it. From the greenside bunker shots, to the "waggle" before a swing, this book has it all. The choice of words Penick uses and his approach to teaching are very unique, yet beautiful. He teaches the person, not the swing. I reccommend this book to anyone who wants to better their game as well as their life. A MUSTREAD FOR GOLFERS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for golfers, but others will want to read it too 23 May 2007
By Blaine Greenfield - Published on
I haven't played golf for many years, yet I remain a fan of the

game . . . as such, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to THE GAME

OF A LIFETIME by Harvey Penick with Bud Shrank.

The book's subtitle says it all: MORE LESSONS AND

TEACHINGS . . . though published in 1996, shortly after

Penick's death, it is still surprisingly relevant . . . any

fan of the sport will appreciate the many tidbits of useful

life from one of America's best-loved teachers of the game.

I especially liked hearing about how he helped develop

the careers of two of his most famous pupils, Ben Crenshaw

and Tom Kite . . . however, equally noteworthy was his account

of seeing somebody with an unorthodox grip or swing who posted

great scores--and tell that person not to let anybody fiddle

with his game.

Jack Whitaker's narration was excellent . . . I also liked hearing from

Tinsley Penick, his son, at the end of the program.

THE GAME FOR A LIFETIME is a "must" for any golfer, yet

I'd recommend it to non-golfers as well if just for them to discover

what their spouses and friends find so exciting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Penick's Book 10 Sep 2011
By J. R. Rowland - Published on
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Great reading with some good tips for amateur golfers. I recommend it for all those who really love the game of golf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golf's Timeless Wisdom 23 Feb 2011
By Ranger Rick 72 - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you chop, hack, or are refined at the links, Penick provides excellent stories and exceptional wisdom about the beauty of the game. A great read.
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