Friday, April 19, 2013

5 Books for the Golf Lover in Your Life

By Jeffrey Wright, guest author

Most golfers tend to have their equipment, bag, shoes and clothing generally figured out. So buying a gift for a regular golfer can be a bit of a challenge. However, he or she can’t play golf all the time, so a great gift is a book about golf. That said, manuals on how to play golf can be a bit dry to read. So instead, appeal to your golfer’s zest for the game with the following 5 books for the golf lover in your life.

Book 1 – The Story of American Golfby Herbert Warren Wind
If your golfer ever wanted to know how the Scottish game of golf migrated to the U.S. and became established here, this is the book to find out. Starting at the end of the 19th century, Wind discusses the history of golf to the mid-1970s. Wind himself is a well-known name in golf literature, so The Story of American Golf won’t disappoint. A reader comes away with both facts and insights on how the sport was shaped over the centuries to the game it is today.

Book #2 – Harvey Penick's Little Red Book
Harvey Penick was a well-known golfing coach who had a habit of writing down all his tips and insights in a little red book he carried with him while teaching and golfing. As a result, this collection of all those notes, ideas, insights, advice, and lessons is a must-read for anyone looking for coaching through literature.

Book #3 – Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Dieby Chris Santella
If your golfer is a traveler, you may want to entice him with this list of top golf courses. Chris Santella’s book provides pictures and comments on some of the best courses worldwide. Granted, most people won’t be able to get to all of them, but it’s quite possible to get to one here and there over time, especially with awareness of where these courses are located and what they offer.

Book #4 – Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game by Joseph Parent
Another book by a well-known golf coach, Joe Parent puts his teaching insights on paper, sharing the same tips he provided some of the best professionals. Most of his principles are based on Buddhism, helping the golfer clear distractions from his or her mind to focus on the task at hand. The book is a must-read for folks who need to learn better ways to focus when playing golf.

Book #5 – Caddy for Life: The Bruce Edwards Story by John Feinstein
Written from the perspective of a caddy who worked with some of the best, John Feinstein tells the story of Bruce Edwards. The book develops high drama as the relationship and friendship of Edwards and Tom Watson is tested when Edwards develops a terminal illness. The book provides not only insight into the two men, but also the thinking and mindset of professional golf, including revealing details not seen when the cameras turn off.

Golf is both a physical and mental game, so books on the sport can be extremely helpful. The above five books for the golf lover in your life are just a small selection of the reading available.

About the author: Jeffrey Wright is VP Web Services of EZLinks.com in Chicago, IL. Offering discount tee times, EZLinks operates the world's largest network for golf reservations, as well as the highest volume tee time call center in the industry.

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