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Stoke 'The Potters' Football Club Petrol Storm Proof Lighter
Stoke 'The Potters' Football Club Petrol Storm Proof Lighter
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great item, 24 Mar 2014
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Great quality item that meets its description perfectly. For me its just as good as the more commonly known and more expensive brand of similar design. Very pleased with purchase.


James Braid Champion Golfer
James Braid Champion Golfer
by Robert MacAlindin
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read., 5 Nov 2013
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This isn't the longest and most detailed golfing biography you'll ever pick up but it does give an interesting insight into the early days of golf at the turn of the previous century. Having read 'Tommy's Honour' (about Young Tom Morris) and Harry Vardon's biography this complements them nicely and brings a little colour and humanity to someone who often looks quite austere and dour in the black and white photographs that are available. The life and times of early golf professional's are far removed from the pampered show ponies that are around today and it's refreshing to read about the struggles of men who played for the love of the game and the honour and prestige of the trophies rather than simply milking the cash cow of the modern tour.


Grown at Glen Garden: How Golf Legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson Got Their Starts at the Same Course
Grown at Glen Garden: How Golf Legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson Got Their Starts at the Same Course
by Jeff Miller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read!, 20 Aug 2013
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257 pages does not offer a great deal of space to go into precise detail of every aspect of the lives of two of the greatest golfers ever to play the game, especially when you throw in a little golf club history and incidental contemporary information as well. If you are looking for that you would be better served trying Dodson, Sampson or Companiotte.
What Grown at Glenn Garden does do however, is serve as both a great 'taster' introduction to both Hogan and Nelson, and offers a new slant by comparing and contrasting the two with insightful observation and well researched historical information. Having read this book you are likely to want to move onto a more detailed biography of each player (if you haven't already done so) as it really captures the flavour of the grind and hardship faced by touring professionals in the early mid 20th century. If you are already well acquainted with other individual biography's, as I was, you will still find plenty to interest you in this book and it will be a welcome addition to anyone's golf library. The incidental history regarding the golf club itself, the nearby Doctor Pepper factory and so on, provides a very interesting aside to the lives of the golfers and there some extremely well researched links between people and places that add colour to the story. Definitely worth giving it a go!


Ben Hogan: An American Life
Ben Hogan: An American Life
by James Dodson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 9 April 2013
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What an amazing read. This is researched so well and adds to the works of Sampson and Gregston. I can't recommend this highly enough. It takes you through the dramas of Hogans childhood, the struggles of his early career, to the highs, the accident and amazing comeback and beyond. It is absolutely engrossing. You will not want to put it down and the only dissapointment you will experience is when it is over.


Silent Mind Putting: How To Putt Like You Never Miss
Silent Mind Putting: How To Putt Like You Never Miss
by Robin Sieger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed, 9 April 2013
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Silent Mind Putting is the third in a trilogy of golf books by Sieger and I would highly recommend all three. Mr Sieger writes with an easy style that is eminently readable and very easy to understand and put into practise. This is only a relatively short book (140 pages) but it gets to the heart of the matter without labouring any points. Certainly as good as Rotella.
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Longest Shot, The
Longest Shot, The
by Neil Sagebiel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.14

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful., 9 April 2013
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This review is from: Longest Shot, The (Hardcover)
This is a fantastic read and perfectly captures the excitement of the tournament and the highs and lows experienced by Fleck and Hogan respectively. Having read many golf history books by well known and respected authors such as Curt Sampson, Mark Frost and John Feinstein I would say that this stands up there with the best of them. Well researched and well written, it takes you right into the thick of the action. It's an incredible underdog story which if you didn't know it was true seems almost too far fetched to believe. I can imagine people at the time saying " you just couldn't write it!", well Neil Sagebiel has, and has done it very well indeed.


One Magical Sunday: But Winning Isn't Everything
One Magical Sunday: But Winning Isn't Everything
by Phil Mickelson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth dipping in!, 9 April 2013
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This is never going to win any prizes but it is certainly a pleasant easy read. The style takes a little getting used to but you soon start making the links between the story of winning the Masters, the historical flashbacks and the supporting comments from friends and family. It really captures the essence of Phil Mickelson and I think its fair to say if you like Phil, you will enjoy this book.


The Secret of Hogan's Swing
The Secret of Hogan's Swing
by Tom Bertrand
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.44

1.0 out of 5 stars Look Elsewhere for the secret!, 9 April 2013
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The first half of this book relates how the author apparently obtained Hogans secret second hand from a pro who claims to have been taught the secret by Hogan. However when the middleman tried writing his own book on Hogans secret he received a letter from Hogans office stating that Ben Hogan could not even remember him (whether this was due to Hogan's personal deterioration is uncertain but it certainly raises questions). The second half contains the instruction, supported by photographs showing the author holding a shortened club (why?) in a bizzarly crouched stance that bears no similarity to any photo of Hogan I have ever seen.
If you want to learn about Hogans swing I would recommend you look elsewhere and try Jim McLeans excelent "The Complete Hogan" which has frame by frame analysis of Hogan himself swinging a full length club, and filmed from different angles. When the choice is a book based on Hogan himself analysed by a PGA instructor or this questionable quality third hand option, for me it's a no brainer!


Golf by the Numbers: How Stats, Math, and Physics Affect Your Game
Golf by the Numbers: How Stats, Math, and Physics Affect Your Game
by Roland Minton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.16

2.0 out of 5 stars One for the mathmetician rather than the golfer!, 20 Mar 2013
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I must start by saying that I am NOT the author's son and can therefore be objective about the book.
The advertising hype in the book description says "His mathematical morsels are not only enjoyable to read--they may even help you improve your game." Cue an investigation into the use of the word "enjoyable" and question the comment regarding improving your game.
If you have the slightest interest in, and knowledge of golf you will no doubt be aware that during the 2000s Tiger Woods was the best golfer in the world. A hundred pages of mathematical formulae and equations are not needed to convinvce you of this. Similarly, you will also be aware that to score well it will be helpful to hit fairways rather than rough, greens instead of bunkers, and get down in one putt rather than three putts. It's not rocket science, even if Mr Minton thinks it should be.
Even the author himself suggests that the average reader skip some parts of his book owing to their complex mathematical nature but I think he overestimates how interesting and easy to understand the rest of the book is.
I have to say in fairness to him that the chapter regarding cautious versus aggressive strategy was worth reading but one chapter out of eleven is not sufficient to convince me that this was a good buy.
If you have a deep understanding and love of maths you may well find this book fascinating but if you are thinking of buying this from a golfers perspective I would seriously think twice. Certainly in terms of the quote that I have referenced above, it does not do what it says on the tin!


Ben Hogan's Magical Device: The Real Secret to Hogan's Swing Finally Revealed
Ben Hogan's Magical Device: The Real Secret to Hogan's Swing Finally Revealed
by Ted Hunt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.28

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely dissappointing., 24 Mar 2011
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Mr Hunts book promises a lot and delivers very little. If you already own Modern Fundamentals you will learn very little more from this book. The little extra that it does offer would barely create an appendix to Hogans original book let alone justify a book in it's own right. The remainder is padded out with often irrelevant pictures, cliched anecdotes, and personal experiences linked to golfers other than Ben Hogan (who cares if Vijay Singh once gave a taxi driver a 30 cent tip!). You will also find that Mr Hunt is extremely repetetive in his analysis of Hogan's swing and his descriptions often typify the 'paralysis by analysis' adage.
I would also warn against obtaining Mr Hunt's second book about Ben Hogans game 'from 120 yards' if you already own 'Magical Device'. I made the mistake of assuming that they were 'companion' works that would complement each other and offer something different but found that they were virtually identical in content.(sadly I purchased both together prior to finding out how dissapointing the first one was) The two books cover the same ground, often use the same pictures and illustrations and bizarrely even use the same anecdotes and stories almost word for word. They are virtually the same book with a different cover.
Stick to Modern fundamentals and possibly try John Jacobs '50 years of Wisdom'.


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