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Golf Books

A collection of books on the game of golf. Learn how to start and become a golf pro.

-The Golfer's Manual (Illustrated) | by W. Meredith Butler
This book is intended mainly for beginners, but the author wishes to disclaim any connection with the following recent incident: An equally venturesome writer, preferring expert opinion before offering his MSS to a publisher, submitted it to a well-known professional player. In due course the reply came back, " Dear Sir, I have read your book with much pleasure, and it seems a very nice game. I feel bound to say, however, that I prefer golf"!
-Practical Golf | by Walter J. Travis
The articles in the following pages first appeared in serial numbers in Golf, and met with such gratifying encouragement that I have been led to present them in a comprehensive form. Their aim is to diffuse some practical knowledge of the "why and wherefore" of Golf, in order to the better assist in working a general improvement in play. With this hope this volume is dedicated to all lovers of the game.
-How To Play Golf | by H. J. Whigham
The title says it all. Learn how to play golf.
-Golf For Women | by Mabel S. Hoskins
It might seem at first thought that, considering the great number of books on golf that have already been written by the most famous masculine players and students of the game, a book especially for women is unnecessary, and cannot hope to compare in usefulness with the dicta of the great ones who have so amply set forth the facts concerning their theories and their practices. There is another aspect of the subject, however, that has for some time appealed strongly both to my reason and to my imagination and has led me finally to write this book.
-Golf | by Garden G. Smith
The game of golf consists in playing a ball, in as few strokes as possible, from certain starting places, called teeing-grounds, with various clubs, suited to the nature of the stroke, into a succession of holes cut in the ground at varying distances.
-Modern Golf | by Harold H. Hilton
THE first lesson to be learned by the aspiring golfer is the value of practice. This is the beginning and end of excellence - the fundamental secret of improvement, other things being equal. Speaking for myself, I am convinced that the present position I hold in the golfing world is in a very great measure due to the faculty I am gifted with, of being able to proceed out to some quiet corner of the links, with just a couple of clubs and a dozen balls, and religiously set myself the task of trying to find out the peculiarities and idiosyncrasies of these particular weapons. To many this procedure may seem a somewhat dull and uninteresting task, but personally I have always found it to be a most fascinating pastime, and although nowadays my enthusiasm for practice may not be quite so marked as it was ten or twenty years ago, still I must candidly acknowledge enjoying even to this day an hour all alone by myself on the links more than the pleasure of participating in the most interesting and pleasant match one can imagine. Moreover, I consider that a young player is apt to gain more knowledge in such an hour of solitude than he is at all likely to acquire in playing thirty-six holes against even the finest players in the land.
-Intimate Golf Talks | by John Duncan Dunn
When John Duncan Dunn was the head of a large indoor golf school in New York it happened to be my privilege as Associate Editor of Outing to interview him upon some small matter relating to the game. I learned what I wished to know and left with the usual reportorial haste. It seemed but a passing interview. But fortunately I had remained long enough to watch the way of Mr. Dunn with one of his pupils. It was golf instruction of a distinctly different sort from what I had ever come across before. A few days later upon mulling the matter over I went back to see him again.
-Golf at Gleneagles | by R. J. Maclennan
And when ten thousand people who hare played the game at Gleneagles agree with the professional champions that the Courses can be described as the rare, the charming beyond imagination, the claim that they are unsurpassed in the World of Golf cannot be lightly dismissed."
-The Art Of Golf | by Bart W. G. Simpson
There is little doubt that many fair players have a scheme of approaching, in which topping and other kinds of missing off the wrist are depended on to supply the amount of drag requisite at the distance. Such a scheme is to be suspected, if occasionally an approach lofts as far past as it was short. This it does when the ball is hit clean, which is very rarely, because it is very difficult to do, and doubly difficult by reason of another fiction, viz., that over-clubbing is wise, and hard hitting a fault. How can the victim even learn to hit cleanly? By practice! What folly! Most players will recognise that they sometimes get into a way of foundering putts, which is difficult to get out of, because cleanly-putted balls go too far...
-The New Golf | by P. A. Vaile
There are always many people who say that golf cannot be learned from a book. Neither can arithmetic, unless one assiduously practises the actual work. Yet no intelligent person would try to argue that the arithmetic book is superfluous. The fact is that the American has in the past played most games by imitating other people. It is a fine way to learn, but it is not always the quickest, and it certainly is not the most scientific or intellectual.
-Hints To Golfers | by O. K. Niblick
Golf is probably the most scientific of all out-door games, requiring as much accuracy of stroke as tennis and far more judgment than cricket or base-ball...
-How To Play Golf | by Harry Vardon
Amongst games, golf has a nature peculiarly its own, and in no respect is its distinctiveness more marked than in the circumstance that it allows its devotees practically a free hand in the choice of the implements, the ball, and the extent and general characteristics of the playing ground. Golf, then, is apt to alter considerably as the seasons come and go. It is a game in which the sentiment of liberty holds sway. In point of fact, it has changed a great deal during recent years, and for that reason I offer no apology for appearing a second time as the author of a book of instruction on a subject which I have made my life-study. My first was "The Complete Golfer," which is still popular. The present work does not replace that, but supplements it in the light of recent developments.
-The Game Of Golf | by William Park, Jun.
Although professional golfers have always been teachers of the game, their instruction has been imparted more by example than by precept. Such a method was and is undoubtedly the best, but it is not available to the same extent at the present day as it was, say, fifty or even twenty years ago, and hence a demand has sprung up for books of instruction. Amateur golfers have hitherto been the sole contributors to the literature of the game, but the belief has frequently been expressed to me that a volume coining from a professional would be read with interest, and it has also been suggested that I should undertake to write one...
-The Golf Swing, The Ernest Jones Method | by Daryn Hammond
The view of the golf swing expressed in this book forms the subject of a series of articles contributed by Mr. Daryn Hammond to Golf Illustrated of America.
-The Happy Golfer | by Henry Leach
Being some experiences, reflections, and a few deductions of a wandering player
-The New Book Of Golf | by Horace G. Hutchinson
Mr. Croome, as a professional instructor of youth, was allowed a free hand to tell people how to learn, how to use the teachers' lessons, but all the other writers were first given Mr. Darwin's MS. for their study and their text on which to say their own say as a commentary, yet without prohibiting them all liberty to give their private views expression.
-Present-Day Golf | by George Duncan, Bernard Darwin
Power in the long game is to-day of the very first importance. I never can agree with Willie Park when he says that the man who can putt is a match for any one.' There seems to be a law of averages which works out fairly certainly in putting. It may seem strange, but it is perfectly true that when a man becomes a first-class golfer his putting becomes 'just average'...
-Taylor On Golf Impressions, Comments And Hints
The vast extent and continual growth of the game must be my apology for Taylor on Golf. I trust that it may prove of benefit to players, young and old, and also to those who may be considering the possibility of becoming identified with the game. I have dealt with the subject as concisely as possible, and my hope is that the path to success may, by what I have written, be rendered easier to my readers...
-The Spirit Of The Links | by Henry Leach
To discover the secret of its wonderful charm is not the least of the problems of golf. It is a game that encourages the reflective and philosophical mind to close investigation, and so it is not enough for the worthy player that he should take the things that he sees and feels for granted, with no questions concerning the mystic influences that seem constantly to brood over the links, and the people who are of them. Each day as we go forward to the game, and in particular if it marks the beginning of a special period of play, we feel these influences strong, and it may happen that for a moment we wonder again as to their cause and their origin.
-The Soul Of Golf | by P. A. Vaile
It is frequently and emphatically asserted by reviewers of golf books that golf cannot be learned from a book. If they would add "in a room" they would be very near the truth - but not quite. It would be quite possible for an intelligent man with a special faculty for games, a good book on golf, and a properly equipped practising-room to start his golfing career with a game equal to a single figure handicap.
-The World Of Golf | by Garden Smith
This book is not a manual of instruction. A man can no more be taught to play golf by a book, than he can be made virtuous by Act of Parliament. But "the world of golf" is wide, and it is hoped that the following chapters may be found to contain some matters of golfing interest not yet dealt with, and to suggest some new points of view. If, in this way, the book can be regarded as a slight contribution to the cause of golf, the Author, who owes the game much, will be completely satisfied.

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