The debate will last forever about the best golfer who ever lived, especially as it is actually impossible to compare like with like as equipment changes have placed different clubs and balls in the hands of new generations. Debate about the most successful golfer is more straightforward and few would argue with Jack Nicklaus as first choice. He dominated his era and his playing years were many.
This large format book is a compilation of a long-running series of instruction articles in "Golf Digest" and, like his other golf activities, it is meticulous and comprehensive in its scale. Each page is filled with colourful cartoon instruction on almost every aspect of the game and explained in an easily accessible and sensible style which makes the meanings clear. The language is appropriate, accurate and very descriptive of his style, making the instruction very helpful indeed. The drawings are very clear and accurate, conveying all that needs to be seen very simply and a great credit to the artists and art directors.
This is not simply a book of golf instruction, i.e. physical aspects of the swing; it is about the much-ignored aspect of the game (at least by amateurs and certainly during the era in which he played at the top. It is about managing a golf course, plotting a sensible way around one to score well with the swing taken to the golf course that day. One of his hallmarks was his ability to score well, even when not swinging well and to plot his way round without wasting silly strokes. (Although "not swinging well" for Nicklaus was an entirely different experience than most amateurs saying the same!)
This book will help golfers to think their way around a course, seeing it like a chess game, positioning the ball in the best place for the next shot and to utilise the best of any golfer's game. For a book of this age, it is very modern and was well ahead of its time when published.
By the end of it, readers may not be able to play like Nicklaus but they will certainly know how he does it.