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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 One of the greatest books ever written on golf June 25 2003
Yes....that's right....I said it is one of the greatest books ever written on golf and I stand by that....I first read it years ago, and ya know when I read it most recently? Last week! My golf game was struggling...anyone who plays knows there is so much technical jargon to think about, and once all these thoughts enter your head, you're done for! That's where the legend Mr. Penick comes in. Forget about rotating this part of your body 90 degress and your ankle must be at a 32 degree angle and so forth....Take dead aim! Get the negativity out of your head, remember a few SIMPLE methods to hit the ball, and as Taylor Made once advertised, Find Your Game! My game was gone...I was hopeless and didn't know what to do with myself....I saw the book on my shelf, read it (very easy read), and my next opponent better be ready! If you love golf, and you wanna read a book that just makes sense (and provides a lot of inspiration) this book is highly recommended. A man's entire life experience with the game he loved is in this book...treat it with respect...heed the words....and the next putt you drop you might find yourself looking up at the heavens saying "thank you Harvey!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing July 18 2002
Harvey Penick wrote his masterpiece with this book, a simple, common terms, way to understand all you ever needed to know about golf. In an age of technical, computer, look-alike golf swings, Harvey Penick wrote a book that the common man can understand.
I have used the thoughts and tips from Harvey's book for over five years now, and it has done nothing but help me become a better golfer, and student of the game. Harvey's tips are great not only for amateurs, but are used by professionals as well. This book is the bible of golf books, a starting point for anyone interested in the game, or interested in getting better.
I know people who read this book every year getting ready for the golf season, and it does nothing but help them with their game. Some of the best parts of this book are when Harvey shares anecdotes from his life, which are always filled with humor and applicable to the golf world, and life.
Harvey Penick was a mad who had integrity, and that is why his legacy lives on. This book is highly recommended to golfers, and non-golfers who might just catch the golf bug after reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Red Book That Could..... Sept. 25 2000
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Boy Howdy! I've been playing golf for two years now, and like other golfers who've started playing the game, I too watch The Golf Channel religiously looking for every possible tip to help with my swing. Reading golf magazines, and the like. Well,this past spring I purchased The Little Red Book, and it along with two other books written by Mr. Penick, are the only books on golf I have, and I don't need no more. I'm telling you,as you read this book, it's like Mr. Penick is right there with you, helping you to "Be At Ease" and to "Take Dead Aim". I love the Slow Motion Drill, and it's my goal to purchase a weighted club and use the drill extensively during the off season. Most of all, I plan to devote as much time as possible to my short game, because Mr. Penick is right when he says a twenty foot putt is more psychologically damaging to an opponent than a 270 yard drive off the tee. I carry "The Little Red Book" with me every day along with my Bible in my book bag. Sound crazy, but that's how I feel about Harvey Penick. In fact when people ask me if I have an instructor, I tell them it's Harvey Penick..
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Golf Lifetime Shared Sept. 20 2000
By John IV
Ben Crenshaw doubled over and openly wept after holing out to win the 1995 Masters tournament. His golf teacher, friend, and father figure Harvey Penick had passed away shortly before the tourney. Ben felt that Harvey was 'guiding' him in the final rounds, and the emotions finally overtook him. The impact of the moment was very touching, but it wasn't until I finished Harvey's Little Red book that I began to understand the poignancy of the connection. The 90-year-old Penick had taught Ben since Ben was 7. The little red book of the title is the notebook, journal, and freeform diary of Mr. Penick. Compiled from golf observations throughout his life, it was only in his waning years that he agreed to allow anyone to see it. What a treat and a privilege it was to read. This is a wonderful piece of literature. Having recently completed Hogan and Armour's instructional guides, this was an excellent follow up. Not nearly as meticulously mechanical and cold as Hogan, nor as blandly wandering as Armour, Penick's actual instruction is extremely straightforward in its scope. I also think that the longer one has played golf the greater one appreciates this work. Not written strictly for the beginner, as the other two books are, Harvey comments not only on instruction and mechanics, but also course design, tournaments, hustlers, metaphorical imagery, and caddying in the early part of the century. Throughout the book, his love of teaching and his immense pride in his pupils continues to carry the theme, allowing one to understand the connection he had with his students. Having become extremely weary of the cloying media and corporate anointment of T. Woods, reading about golf as seen through Harvey Penick's eyes was a much-needed tonic. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It shipped fast and was a good price. This book is
I heard much about this book and finally decided to purchase it. It shipped fast and was a good price. This book is, however, geared towards the right handed golfer. Read more
Published 11 days ago by moose
4.0 out of 5 stars ... in your golf book collection from one of the greatest teachers.
Must have in your golf book collection from one of the greatest teachers.
Published 29 days ago by Birdieeagle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best golf instruction book ever printed.
Published 2 months ago by Larry Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy tout read and understand thé fondamentales of golf. I will read it again from tome tout tome..
Published 3 months ago by andre martel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Golf Advice
Full of wonderful tips and very easy to read. Thanks so much to Ken for recommending to me! Let's play!
Published 10 months ago by Mary Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons at home
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. Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Leitch
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have ANY interest in golf, this is a must read!
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.
Published 13 months ago by matt
2.0 out of 5 stars book review
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. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dennis Hryhor
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvey Penicks little red book
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. Read more
Published on July 22 2011 by David Samborski
5.0 out of 5 stars genius
This is a think outside the box approach. Makes you understand some concepts of the game of golf. Genius.
Published on Nov. 29 2010 by L. Jac
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