If you’re stuck looking for a gift for a golfer, get them a book. I’ve always said that the next best thing to playing the game of golf is reading about the game of golf. Here are the best of the books (and one DVD) I’ve reviewed in this past year.
Draw in the Dunes: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World
by Neil Sagebiel
Teachers’ Comments: Compelling and instructive.
A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf
by James R. Hansen
Teacher’s Comments: At times overly long and dry but ultimately very interesting.
Every Shot Counts: Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy
by Mark Broadie
Teacher’s Comments: Every Shot Counts turns much of what we “know” about golf on its head.
Gary Player: A Game For Life DVD
Teacher’s Comments: I think you would be hard pressed to find a player with more enthusiasm and energy, or with stronger communications skills.
Great Moments of the U.S. Open
Teacher’s Comments: A good looking coffee table book with lots of interesting information.
Tiger, Meet My Sister…: And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said
by Rick Reilly
Teacher’s Comments: For the general sports fan, a collection of Reilly’s columns.
Own Your Game: How to Use Your Mind to Play Winning Golf
by Dave Stockton
Teachers’ Comments: Own Your Game is really more of a framework than a complete house. But it’s a solid framework on which to improve your game.