Here are a few books I recommend for your golf library. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Click on the title link to see each book on Amazon.com.
Penned in 1946 by an erudite British teaching pro, this is one of my all-time favorites.
If you lean toward the metaphysical, you’ll love this classic account of Michael Murphy’s mystical journey into the soul of the game with Shivas Irons in the burns of Scotland. If you prefer simply to “grip it and rip it,” this might not be your cup of tea.
Although a fair amount of his swing instruction is more applicable to hickory shafts, Bobby Jones is brilliant, articulate, and utterly charming. His analysis of the myriad facets of the game is elegant and enchanting.
When your game is crumbling and you are lost in the abyss, check out Jim Dante’s and Leo Diegel’s Nine Bad Shots of Golf and What to Do About Them. More often than not, you’ll find relief.
Internationally renowned scientists (physics, ballistics, anatomy, bio-mechanics, ergonomics, and cybernetics) conducted this rigorous six year study of the golf swing. By analyzing the swings of the world’s best golfers and relating basic human mechanics of movement, these scientists created a basis for understanding how to build an ideal golf swing. Although originally written in the 1940’s and based in part on analysis of strobe photography, their conclusions still carry the wring of truth today.
Arguably the greatest golfer of his day, Byron Nelson was credited with developing the modern golf swing. Once he had it, he never changed it. His book is an easy read and contains a host of useful ideas.
Originally a five article series in Sports Illustrated magazine, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons is regarded by many as the greatest golf instruction book ever. A MUST for every golfer’s library.
Jimmy Ballard was named the Golf Instructor of the Decade in the 1980’s by Golf Magazine. His classic book outlines his unique method in a straightforward manner. It is no longer in print, but you can snag a used copy at the link above.