The Bogey Man: A Month on the PGA Tour by George Plimpton

What happens when a weekend athlete of average skill at best joins the professional golf circuit? George Plimpton spent a month of self-imposed torture on the PGA tour to find out, meeting amateurs, pros, caddies, officials, fans and hangers-on along the way. In The Bogey Man we find golf legends, adventurers, stroke saving theories, superstitions, and other golfing lore, and best of all, Plimpton’s thoughts and experiences – frustrating, humbling and, sometimes, thrilling from the first tee to the last green.
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Tom Watson, Tom Watson’s Strategic Golf with Nick Seitz (1993)

“How to play par 3s-Unfortunately, too many bogeys, double bogeys, and worse are made on the easiest holes because golfers don’t plan them carefully enough … Distinguish between the safe part of the green and the fat part. Play for the safe part, not the fat part …Always tee the ball up on a par 3… A good rule of thumb is to take one more club than you think you need…”
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Lag Rag

What is it ?
The Lag Rag is a piece of cloth that attaches to the end of the head of the club
What does it do?
-The Lag Rag naturally straightens your swing path and also helps you feel the rotation of the club head through impact.
– Makes you feel the entire shaft flex, and the dragging end of the trainer gives tremendous resistance through the hitting area.
-It claims to help increase strength, flexibility, and speed all in 20 swings a day.

 

Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game by Dr. Joseph Parent

The best players know that golf is a game of confidence, and concentration–the ability to focus and block out distraction. In this book, PGA coach and Buddhist instructor, Dr. Joseph Parent, draws on this natural connection and teaches golfers how to clear their minds, achieve ultimate focus, and play in the moment for each shot.

Zen Golf presents a simple system for building “mental game mastery.” The unique PAR Approach (focusing on preparation, action, and response to results) guides golfers with specific techniques for their golf game. In chapters such as: How to Get From the Practice Tee to the First Tee, You Produce What You Fear, and How to Enjoy a Bad Round of Golf, the author shares a personal teaching regimen that has helped improve the games of golfers. By combining classic insights and stories from Zen tradition, Zen Golf helps eliminate the mental distractions that routinely cause poor shots and loss of concentration, allowing golfers to feel in the zone.

Clear, concise, and enlightening, Zen Golf shows golfers how to prepare for, execute, and respond to the results of good or bad shots. A different approach to golf instruction, this book shapes ancient philosophies into new teachings.

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Up Score Balance Plate

Up Score Balance Plate is a simple and compact golf stroke practice tool that can be used in the home. Stand on the “plate” to train your swing, and it will help improve your balance and posture. An integrated mini fluid balance allows you to check if you are horizontal. A mini swing practice stick is included so you don’t have to worry about using your clubs indoors.

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Dave Pel’z Putting Bible (2000)

“Based on studies, putting is an entire game in itself. One of six different and distinct games that make up golf. In golf, the ball always reacts to the decisions and motions we make in the putting game, the short game, the power game, the management game, the mental game, and the physical fitness game, and your skills in these six games determine your ability as a golfer.”
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Paint Golf Aid

Facing Up to Bunker Shots
Knowing the mechanics of a bunker swing is important, but it’s even more important to know how the club works through the sand. If you understand what the bounce on the bottom of the wedge should do, you’ll intuitively make swings that skim more and dig less. There’s simple connection between the bounce and the face: When you can see the face, the bounce is doing what it should do. My favourite way to reinforce this is to smear washable finger paint on the face of a wedge. Set up with your hands slightly back at address and the face open so you can see the paint, then make swings so that you can still see the paint at the finish. If you’re digging too deep, the paint will get wiped off.
(reference: James Kinney, Golf Digest)
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Don’ts for Golfers by Sandy Green

Don’ts for Golfers was first published in 1925, as part of a series that included Blanche Ebbutt’s Don’ts for Husbands and Don’ts for Wives. This pocket-sized facsimile edition contains hundreds of tips for golfers of all abilities. The advice, ranging from technique and fashion to etiquette on the course and in the Club House, provides an entertaining snapshot of life in 1920s Britain.

‘Don’t over-indulge yourself in eating and drinking during the non-golfing days, and then expect to work off excess by “a good game of Golf.” You may play Golf of sorts, but it will not be a good game.’
‘Don’t make Golf your sole topic of conversation. There are a few otherwise quite intelligent persons who are non-golfers. You will never make converts if you bore non-players to distraction by forever talking of the Royal and Ancient Game.’
‘Don’t blame your clubs for faults of your own that may be easily corrected if you analyze your methods of using the implements.’
‘Don’t keep up a running fire of conversation during the round. Golf is a game in which thought is necessary and silence is preferable to chatter.’
‘Don’t irritate your opponent by wearing jazzy colours. To dazzle his eyes with a multi-coloured pull-over or peace-disturbing golf stockings is to take a mean advantage.’
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Impact Snap

The device was designed to train the wrists and forearms in 3 different motions that occur in a proper release of the golf club during a full swing — cocking and unlocking of the lead wrist, flexion (bowing) of the lead wrist and supination or rotation of the lead wrist and forearm without sacrificing the integrity of the flexed lead wrist. Simply put the Impact Snap is a grip with a noise-making ball extending from the butt end. By making the ball clack in the right place and rest against your trailing forearm, you’re training a good release. As Ben Hogan wrote, using the wrist & arms properly is a must if you want to play great golf. I have not had the opportunity to test the golf aid, but its definitely on my bucket list.
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