The Story of Golf in Fifty Holes

I always like to read a fresh perspective on golf.  Tony Dear provided that opportunity with The Story of Golf in Fifty Holes.  Instead of only focusing on the history of architecture or the competitive history of golf this book seeks to investigate both.

It takes us on a journey from St. Andrews to Pinehurst to Bandon Dunes and many other courses in between.  The book is a whirlwind around the golf world that has interesting tidbits about the history of the holes and courses as well as the competitive events that occurred on the links.

This book has a little bit of everything.  I enjoyed that I could hear about Old Tom Morris, Bobby Jones, Tiger Woods, and Annika Sorenstam as well as the events played on these holes. Continue reading “The Story of Golf in Fifty Holes”

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One Putt

I was recently given the opportunity to review the book One Putt by Ken Brown.  Ken is a former touring professional who was known for his putting ability.  You can also see him today in the golf commentary space.

The book is set up in a interesting way.  Ken explains it as a putting ladder.  He takes the time from the beginning to start at the bottom and work his way up to the top.  The rungs of the ladder are choosing a putter, basic set-up, reading greens, set-up routine, the stroke, touch and feel, tips and drills, and one putting.

The individual chapters are not overly long or technical, which I believe is a positive.  Any golfer from beginner to seasoned player can get something out of the tips presented throughout the book.  Ken does a good job of breaking each section down into small parts that are easily digestible.  I can also see it as a book that would be very easy to refer back to when your putting needs a tune-up.

Overall, the book is a very easy read and has many great tips for improving your putting. I think all golfers could definitely improve their putting from reading this book.  I want to give one of you the opportunity to do just that.  Let’s do a giveaway on Twitter!

  1. Follow @TgrGolfTraveler on Twitter
  2. Mention me in a tweet saying “I want One Putt”
  3. Deadline to enter is 7 days from this post

That’s all you need to do and I will pick a winner.  I look forward to someone else getting to read this book!

The Healthy Golfer

This book, written by Dr. Philip Maffetone, focuses on multiple aspects of living a healthier golf life.  The chapters cover topics such as proper golf shoes, the benefits of walking, muscle imbalance, injuries, water management, and what to eat.

The book is very easy to read and not incredibly academic in its style.  The chapters are short and give you only the information you need with no fluff.  Another great feature is the appendices in the back of the book.  They expound on some topics throughout the book for future reference.  This allowed the chapters to which they relate to stay short and readable.

I didn’t agree with everything in the book, but there was a lot of great stuff.  I agree with the benefits of walking and wish I could do it more often.  Unfortunately our course doesn’t allow it on Saturday mornings which is when I play most of my rounds.  It’s also tough to walk when it is in the upper 90’s during our summers.  I will try and do better though.

The book also reinforced my belief in True Linkswear shoes.  The amount of discomfort that comes from over-engineered shoes causes ripple effects up and down the body.  Now if only the Trues were not so low-profile that my pants dragged along the ground.  I’ve go to go see the tailor!

How To Play The World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs

SabinoThis was a fun read to say the least!  If you don’t know about John Sabino and you like top golf courses you are missing out.  You can check out his blog at http://top100golf.blogspot.com/.  If you’ve not visited his site, you may want to block off a day because you will be there awhile!  He has been featured in many publications as one of the few people to play the Top 100 in the World.  It is an incredible achievement and one I hope to emulate with my own unique quest.

John decided to put his thoughts into a book.  As he states, he didn’t want to do a rehash of playing the courses (although there is some of that in the book), but rather tell the average golfer how they can play some of the world’s best courses.  He details basic methods, advanced methods, and has in-depth appendices.

If you enjoy his blog you will enjoy the book, but that is not a prerequisite.  There is so much in this book that is interesting to golfers.  You can read about the customs at foreign golf clubs, which was fascinating.  You can also read about so many ways to get on top courses.  Don’t get me wrong, you aren’t getting a Pine Valley invitation by reading the book.  What you will get are some ideas you may not have considered.

The best news is that the profits from the book are going to charity per John.  That’s incentive enough, but go out and get the book.  It is available on Amazon at the following link. 

The Match

I like to read as much as I can.  However, between work, golf, movies, and television it is not as much as I would like.  I wanted to start relaying my thoughts on the golf books that I read.  A good one to start with, in my opinion, is The Match by Mark Frost. Continue reading “The Match”