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Harvey Penick's Little Red Book : Lessons and Teachings From a Lifetime of Golf [Paperback]

Harvey Penick , Bud Shrake
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May 19 1999
Finally in paperback comes the bestseller from one of golf's greatest teachers--classic, inspirational, and homespun wisdom no golfer will want to do without. "The Socrates of the golf world".--"Sports Illustrated".

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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 guano and hauling it across town in a pickup truck to fertilize 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 the Hardcover edition.

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Penick, a golf instructor who has been credited with improving the scores of several professionals on the mens and ladies' tours (including Tom Kite and Sandra Palmer) here provides both physical and psychological tips for golfers. He also instructs on the preparation required before approaching the first tee. Though the value of this book is its information, libraries owning previous works on the mental aspects of golf (e.g., Peter Cranford's The Winning Touch in Golf: A Psychological Approach , 1961. o.p.) can pass. Illustrations not seen.
- Jim Paxman, Tennessee State Univ., Nashville
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Golf Advice Dec 7 2013
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Full of wonderful tips and very easy to read. Thanks so much to Ken for recommending to me! Let's play!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons at home Sept. 11 2013
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I went for a golf lesson this summer and the instructor after reviewing the video of my progressing performance would pull out a little red book to answer my many questions.
Guess what little red book!
The book is indexed and one can review different problems in golf in a jiffy. A great resource for the high handicapper and everyone else!
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By matt
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Written as though Mr. Penick is sitting across from the reader, coffee in hand. Perfect blend of instruction, explanation and entertainment. Will re-read ASAP and go hit the links.
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2.0 out of 5 stars book review May 2 2013
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Nice story, but I was hoping for more instruction, and less old time stories. If you are looking for a book to help with your golf, this is not likely your best choice. I you are looking for story time, you may like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harvey Penicks little red book July 22 2011
This is by far the finest book ever written on the way to play golf. Compiled over years by one of go;f's greatest teachers. A must read and rereads. I recommend that every golfer read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars genius Nov. 29 2010
By L. Jac
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This is a think outside the box approach. Makes you understand some concepts of the game of golf. Genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know April 27 2004
This book covers everything you need to know to improve your game. Mr. Pennick's insights are quick and concise. This is ibe of the best instructional books I have ever read. The only advice I have to give is to take one tip at a time. Pick one thing to work on, when you feel you have achieved what Mr. Pennick said, then move on to something new. The tips are also sprinkled with tales of yesteryear and legends of the game. It is difficult to read this without wanting to put the book down and try each tip as it comes along, I would say read the book once, then go back and work on the things that made hte most sense to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent March 23 2004
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A great read. Best golf book I've ever layed my hands on.
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