Best Golf Books of All Time

KirkNo-yesKirkNo-yes ClubWRX Posts: 692
Title speaks for itself except here is the caveat. It doesn't matter if it's instructional or fiction or biography. We all find "inspiration" or some form of motivation from golf books so what one is your favorite. If you have more than one so be it. Let it rip!



I have always come back to Faldo's instructional book for basic framework but pretty much any Hogan book gets me fired up.
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  • donaldp83donaldp83 Members Posts: 359 ✭✭
    Harvey Penick's Litte Red Book is so great.
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    George Knudson's "the Natural Golf Swing" is great for instruction



    I liked 7 Days on the Links of Utopia for life and mental approach.
  • agathaagatha Members Posts: 971 ✭✭
    "Tales from Q school" brutal read if you are going thru it..
  • norge5norge5 Members Posts: 1,492
    I like "A Lifetime of Lessons" by Marshall Smith. For me , it made sense. He likes to draw comparisons to baseball and it helped me understand his concepts.
  • kekoakekoa ClubWRX Posts: 8,782 ClubWRX
    I really enjoyed paper tiger
  • Dave230Dave230 Posts: 3,748 ✭✭
    Tiger didn't like it but I really enjoyed The Big Miss by Hank Haney. Such an excellent insight into his life in his peak years.



    On the Tiger theme as well, How I Play Golf was a fantastic instruction book.
  • ggk17ggk17 Members Posts: 14 ✭✭
    I found Greatest Game Ever Played by Mark Frost really thrilling and at the same time it's a great insight into golf's history.



    I also like the books about Ben Hogan, his Five Lessons and James Dodson's Hogan biography.
  • The Harvey Penick book with all three or four books in one: "The Wisdom of Harvey Penick"
  • Ayoung19Ayoung19 Members Posts: 1,644 ✭✭
    Golf is Not a Game of Perfect - Bob Rotella - I picked up the audiobook and listen to it occasionally, really has done wonders for my mental game.
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  • Garush34Garush34 Posts: 351 ✭✭
    Just finished the little red book a good read. The complete Hogan is also a good read and an insight into how he went about things.
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  • ShilgyShilgy Members Posts: 11,298 ✭✭
    Don't let the crappy movie throw you off. The Legend of Bagger Vance is a good read. As is Timothy Gallwey's The Inner Game of Golf.
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  • gvogelgvogel Members Posts: 7,174 ✭✭
    Percy Boomer's On Learning Golf is my golf bible.
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  • pattgpattg Posts: 181
    Tommy's Honour which has recently been made into a movie.
  • norge5norge5 Members Posts: 1,492
    norge5 wrote:


    I like "A Lifetime of Lessons" by Marshall Smith. For me , it made sense. He likes to draw comparisons to baseball and it helped me understand his concepts.
    I should qualify my selection. I think it's the only golf book I've read as well.
  • The Big Miss
  • Sean2Sean2 #TheWRX (Callaway Trip) Members Posts: 30,826 ✭✭
    CalgaryFly wrote:


    The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark Frost.




    Yes, this was very good. I also enjoyed, "A Good Walk Spoiled", by John Feinstein.
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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Masters! ClubWRX Posts: 17,374 ClubWRX
    edited May 3, 2016 #19
    The Greatest Game Of All - Jack (via Herbert Warren Wind)

    American Triumvirate - Dodson

    St. Andrews Sojourn - Peper

    Ben Hogan - Scott (thanks to Richard for this tip)

    A Round Of Golf with Tommy Armour

    The Complete Golfer - Harry Vardon

    The Bogey Man - Plimpton



    The list could go on and on, have about 20 more at least that I love, but that's where the top few stand in my mind this week. Frost and Dodson are top notch, heard some recommendations over the weekend I am pursuing online this evening. Ouimet's A Game Of Golf is a fun read.



    My wife is reading Monte's book tonight, that should be interesting! It's really good.



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  • FbgstaffFbgstaff Posts: 277
    Final Rounds by James Dodson



    St. Andrews Sojourn by George Pepper



    The Dewsweepers by James Dodson
  • BCULAWBCULAW Orlando, FLMembers Posts: 3,642 ✭✭
    Shilgy wrote:


    Don't let the crappy movie throw you off. The Legend of Bagger Vance is a good read. As is Timothy Gallwey's The Inner Game of Golf.




    Bagger Vance is my favorite, as well. Much better than the movie - so much so that I hardly consider them the same story. A lot of religious and mystic undertones that may turn some people off, but I thought it was both entertaining and thought provoking. Great read!!!
  • bscinstnctbscinstnct Members Posts: 26,105 ✭✭
    agatha wrote:


    "Tales from Q school" brutal read if you are going thru it..




    Cant stand finestein



    But that was very good.



  • "From 60 yards in" by Raymond Floyd is an excellent short game book.
  • stickfishstickfish Posts: 105 ✭✭
    Troon McAllister aka Lee Gruenfeld
  • dave williedave willie Posts: 793 ✭✭
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    I went from a hack to breaking 80 regularly using Jack Nicklaus' advice in "Golf My Way". Greg Norman also credited some of his success to the lessons he learned from that book. It might be a bit dated, but like Hogan's books, the fundamentals really never go out of style.



    I also liked several books noted above, like "The Match" and "Final Rounds". My favorite short story about golf is "Dormie One" by Holworthy Hall (1917). One place to find it is in a golf collection called "Perfect Lies', which has a number of other worthy stories, too.
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  • PinHunterPinHunter Members Posts: 777 ✭✭
    pattg wrote:


    Tommy's Honour which has recently been made into a movie.




    Incredible read- I think Ive read this every winter the last 4 or 5 years and still find it interesting each time
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  • caniac6caniac6 Members Posts: 2,659 ✭✭
    Fbgstaff wrote:


    Final Rounds by James Dodson



    St. Andrews Sojourn by George Pepper



    The Dewsweepers by James Dodson
    I looked up the George Peper book, and the cover looked similar to Two Years in St Andrews. Are they the same book with different titles?
  • elwhippyelwhippy Members Posts: 3,076 ✭✭
    Shark Attack by Greg Norman. The short game section is still superb.
  • AppAlumAppAlum Members Posts: 743 ✭✭
    Shilgy wrote:


    Don't let the crappy movie throw you off. The Legend of Bagger Vance is a good read. As is Timothy Gallwey's The Inner Game of Golf.




    I need to read the book because the movie was **** near unwatchable.
  • AppAlum wrote:

    Shilgy wrote:


    Don't let the crappy movie throw you off. The Legend of Bagger Vance is a good read. As is Timothy Gallwey's The Inner Game of Golf.




    I need to read the book because the movie was **** near unwatchable.




    I must be the only person who enjoyed that movie.
  • sclay419sclay419 Members Posts: 56
    stickfish wrote:


    Troon McAllister aka Lee Gruenfeld
    I gotta second this selection as very good book. It's hard to say if it's my favorite of all time, if it isn't it's pretty close.
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