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Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf Hardcover – 8 May 2012
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The late Harvey Penick was one of the game's great teachers and his Little Red Book is one of the game's great inspirational motivators. Comprised of epigrams and anecdotes culled from the notes Penick took over a very long lifetime, it is filled with gentle prodding, practical swing advice, calming emotional counsel, a contagious love for the game and much good will and encouragement for golfers at every level.
Before titanium drivers, before oversized heads and bubble shafts, before electronic systems to tell you how far you are from the pin, golf was much the same game it is today. The lessons Harvey Penick taught in the pre-gadget days still stand. The golf swing is basically the same and Penick could teach it better than anybody. For most of his life, he never intended to publish his Little Red Book, a notebook of golf wisdom and anecdotes that he compiled with the idea that he'd pass it on to his son. But, for the sake of history, it's a good thing that he changed his mind. Contained in its 175 pages is just about all you need to know about golf from a technical standpoint, along with Penick's priceless memories of working with famous pros, teaching absolute nobodies to get the ball in the air and finding a horde of bat manure and hauling it across town in a pickup truck to fertilise his golf course. This book makes you feel good about playing golf, that you're part of something steeped in ritual and mystery and tradition, and that the game was played perfectly well before perimeter-weighted, graphite-shafted irons came along. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The venerable sage of golf instruction." --"Chicago Tribune"
"America's favorite golf teacher." --"Los Angeles Times"
The golfer s equivalent of"The Elements of Style". "The New York Times"
"The golfer's equivalent of "The Elements of Style."" --"The New York Times"
The golfer s equivalent of "The Elements of Style." "The New York Times""
The venerable sage of golf instruction. "Chicago Tribune""
There are a million golf instruction books, but Penick s . . . is the best and the most widely read book in sports. His innovation? Golfers need to keep it simple. "Golf Digest""
America s favorite golf teacher. "Los Angeles Times""
Some sixty years worth of wisdom . . . from anecdotes to maxims, delivered in a pithy, down-to-earth manner. . . . His teaching offers hope that at least some of our crookedness can be made straight. "The New York Times Magazine""
"The golfer's equivalent of The Elements of Style." --The New York Times
"The venerable sage of golf instruction." --Chicago Tribune
"There are a million golf instruction books, but Penick's . . . is the best--and the most widely read--book in sports. His innovation? Golfers need to keep it simple." --Golf Digest
"America's favorite golf teacher." --Los Angeles Times
"Some sixty years worth of wisdom . . . from anecdotes to maxims, delivered in a pithy, down-to-earth manner. . . . His teaching offers hope that at least some of our crookedness can be made straight." --The New York Times Magazine
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A little of it is historical friend-mentioning, but if you can get it second hand for less than a fiver, it's worth getting.
It's not that it's not worth more money, it is, but a second hand copy is a wiser purchase - I've marked mine with yellow marker for the phrases/words I think are exceptionally handy, and I'd not have done that with an expensive hardback copy.
If I every lose this book, I'm be purchasing another. It's a keeper and one to re-read every now and again.
I was a little dubious in buying something second hand but surprise, surprise, when it came, it looked as if it had never been used.
It's in wonderful condition, and even with the sleeve on.
My brother is thrilled with it, don't know if it will reduce his handicap but will at least give him an interesting read and some valuable golfing tips, I hope.
I can't rate this book highly enough.
I have only ever read one other golf instruction book play your best golf all of the time by Tommy Armour, this book equals that for just simple clear advise that you can read over and over again.
You will always find something that will bring your game back on track.
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