As far as I am concerned, books are the best gift you can give a golfer. On those long winter nights, or on rainy afternoons, a good book on golf can keep up the spirits.
Here are a few of my favorites from the past couple of years for this Golf Book Gift Guide:
The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf
Teachers’ Comments: The original underdog story and the origins of modern golf.
Teacher’s Comments: Golf’s Greatest Championship is the story of the now-legendary 1960 US Open at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver. Only a single stroke separated golf’s past, present and future on the final two holes: Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and amateur Jack Nicklaus.
A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf
Teacher’s Comments: At times overly long and dry but an ultimately very interesting look at Robert Trent Jones, one of the most influential golf architects.
Teachers’ Comments: A compelling and instructive account of the 1969 Ryder Cup.
The Longest Shot: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf’s Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open
Teacher’s Comments: After Ouimet’s victory in the 1913 US Open, this may be golf’s greatest upset.
Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf
Teacher’s Comments: A must read for serious golfers
Don’t Choke: A Champion’s Guide to Winning Under Pressure
Teacher’s Comments: Good advice on golf and life from the world’s most relentlessly positive human being, Gary Player.
Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most
Teacher’s Comments: Dense, but informative. Lots of good information about pressure in all walks of life.
The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever
Teacher’s Comments: A good golf book, but short of Frost’s earlier work, The Greatest Game
You might also want to check out my own book on how to improve your game immediately, with the swing you already have: