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59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot
59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot
by Richard Wiseman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 17 May 2010
A great little book filled with some wonderful observations.

But... the really great thing about it is that all his observations are back up by solid statistical research. There is zero "Quantum Physics" nonsense like the guff that is spouted in The Secret.

He has a great blog too that I would highly recommend.


The Game: Undercover in the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
The Game: Undercover in the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
by Neil Strauss
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, 29 Mar 2010
This book was recommended to me by a friend. Initially I was sceptical (I'm a happily married man) but he told me to stick with it.

Boy - was he right! It's a wonderfully written book that really shows just how deep a journalist can go to get a story. But beyond that you really get to discover some truly fascinating things about the human psyche - both male and female. The guys, in this bizarre world, are a strange mix of clever psychologists and good old fashioned marketing men.

I think the really odd thing about it is how an (by his own admission) nerdy little guy could come in and arguably become the king of the world.

Well worth a read.
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Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
by Ben Hogan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.55

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still an all time great, 20 Mar 2010
There are those out there, dragged down by too much technical knowledge about golf, who will argue that this is really just Hogan's cure for a hook.

But the reality is that it is all here. Pretty much all the physical golf instruction you could ever need is contained in these pages. Did anyone (with the possible exception of Moe Norman) actually strike the ball better than Hogan? I sincerely doubt it.

Buy this book and work diligently through it. It's (almost) as simple as that. Even Ernie Els keeps a copy with him at all times.


Practice Made Perfect: How Anyone Can Master Anything Quicker, Easier and Better Than Ever
Practice Made Perfect: How Anyone Can Master Anything Quicker, Easier and Better Than Ever
by Roberto Moretti
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting addition to the talent/practice genre, 3 Jan 2010
This book majors more on the practical processes and less on the theory (see Outliers/Talent Code/Talent is overrated for more theory) and has some good information.

Sadly what it doesn't do is dig really deep enough into the sort of "deep practice" techniques that are clearly essential for real growth. It skirts over this some pretty superficial (and almost school project-like) instruction on how to practice.

Having said that it is a very easy read and is worth a go if you're trying to improve your sporting or musical prowess. It's easily read in a couple of hours and would be good use of your time. Or would you be better just practicing... :-)


The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Maths, Art, Music, Sport, and Just About Everything Else: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Maths and Just About Everything Else
The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Maths, Art, Music, Sport, and Just About Everything Else: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Maths and Just About Everything Else
by Daniel Coyle
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 3 Jan 2010
Well worth a read. A much more detailed development of the work that Gladwell did in Outliers.

It suffers a little from some "Bad Science" in the sense that there are some fairly serious assumptions made from limited data but at heart there is some really fascinating information. It seems like there has been a rash of this type of book recently but for anyone seriously considering trying to improve a physical skill this particular book is essential reading.


The Golf Delusion: Why 9 Out of 10 Golfers Make The Same Mistakes
The Golf Delusion: Why 9 Out of 10 Golfers Make The Same Mistakes
by Hugh Grant
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.40

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Insufferably smug, 3 Jan 2010
Clearly this is a love it or hate it book but I'm in the latter category I'm afraid.

I really do not want my golf instruction to feel like a brochure and be littered with celebrity name dropping.


Every Shot Must Have a Purpose
Every Shot Must Have a Purpose
by Pia Nilsson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.10

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 3 Jan 2010
Arguably the best "mind game" book out there. Certainly top three with "Fearless golf" and "Golf is not a game of perfect" as the other contenders (in my opinion anyway).


Little Red Golf Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf
Little Red Golf Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf
by Harvey Penick
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for any golfer, 3 Jan 2010
A truly wonderful little book. I dip into it every few months and still find hidden gems.


One Day
One Day
by David Nicholls
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable., 3 Jan 2010
This review is from: One Day (Hardcover)
It hardly needs any more reviews but this was easily the most enjoyable fiction I read last year.

Highly recommended.


Spin Selling
Spin Selling
by Neil Rackham
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 23.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 30 Nov 2009
This review is from: Spin Selling (Audio CD)
A very well thought out analysis of the sales process. Vastly more useful that some of the "come on, get out there" nonsense that is associated with sales books.


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