Collecting Golf Books

Be careful. Collecting golf books can become quite addictive once you take the plunge and get started.

Seriously though, collecting golf books is a great way to read about golfers past and present. How they played the game, the shots they played, their memories of notable rounds of golf, etc. There is some wonderful golf literature out there. Most important of all, to those aspiring to improve their golf game, there is invaluable information on how these great players, like Harry Vardon, Jack White, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, the list goes on, played their golf shots from tee to green. All we need to do is study what they did.

Fortunately for us golfers, there is a wealth of golf literature written by many different,and very able,golfers. The best way to improve your golf game is to try and model your golf swing on a golf hero of similar build to your own. That way, your expectations don’t become too high and, with patience and practice, you have a good chance of becoming a better golfer.

When I first started playing golf, my role model was Ben Hogan. If you read either of his two classic golf instruction books, The Modern Fundamentals of Golf and Power Golf, you will find both books are well blessed with photographs of the Ben Hogan golf swing. Many of these are sequence shots, so you have the complete swing in still photographs.

If you take photographs of your own swing, or have someone take them for you, you are well placed to see where your golf faults are happening in the swing, then you can work on eliminating them. For example, if you think your swing is too flat you change it to a more upright golf swing.

The more golf instruction books you read you will probably find, as I did, there are some golfers whose swing you would like to copy but you just cannot when you try them out on the golf course. Try as I did, I just couldn’t swing like Jack Nicklaus. Jack Nicklaus is, by the way, a prolific author of golf instruction books, such as Golf My Way, Jack Nicklaus’ Lesson Tee, My 55 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score. There are many more golf instruction books authored by him.

I hope this has whetted your appetite to try collecting golf books. If it has, you will find your bookshelves a constant source of pleasure and inspiration for many years to come.

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