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Book Name: Harvey Penick's Little Red Golf Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf

Author: Harvey PenickĀ 

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Before titanium drivers, before oversized heads and bubble shafts, before electronic systems to tell you how far you are from the pin, golf was much the same game it is today. The lessons Harvey Penick taught in the pre-gadget days still stand. The golf swing is basically the same, and Penick could teach it better than anybody. For most of his life, he never intended to publish hisLittle Red Book, a notebook of golf wisdom and anecdotes that he compiled with the idea that he'd pass it on to his son. But, for the sake of history, it's a good thing that he changed his mind. Contained in its 175 pages is just about all you need to know about golf from a technical standpoint, along with Penick's priceless memories of working with famous pros, teaching absolute nobodies to get the ball in the air, and finding a horde of bat guano and hauling it across town in a pickup truck to fertilize his golf course. This book makes you feel good about playing golf, that you're part of something steeped in ritual and mystery and tradition, and that the game was played perfectly well before perimeter-weighted, graphite-shafted irons came along.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Reviews

GENIAL GOLF FROM GENTLEMAN PENICK

by Amazon Customer "MRD"
(5/5)

HARVEY PENICK'S LITTLE RED BOOK: LESSONS AND TEACHINGS FROM A LIFETIME OF GOLF is a must have for any serious golf library. Filled with anecdotes, stories and practical golf advice, Penick's book is a forthright, enjoyable read. No wonder these lessons had such an impact on the likes of golf greats Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite, both of whom were Penick proteges.Penick's book also lends a classical look at a classical game. With all that's going on in the world of golf today: the exorbitant salaries, conflicts about equipment and vintage courses becoming too short, Penick's book reminds us that once upon a time golf was a genial game instead of a rabid business. Read it and gain some needed perspective on the greatest game in the world.THE HORSEMAN


Somewhat disappointing read

by A reader
(3/5)

If I could compare this book to a golf swing, I would say the set-up and approach looked good, but the writing fell apart through the impact zone and follow through.There is a lot of praise out there for Harvey Penick, and based upon the numerous comments in the book's forward by the well-known golfers he mentored, I have no doubts that the praise is well warranted. Unfortunately, while Penick himself in the book's introduction sets up his "Little Red Book" as a lifetime's masterful compilation of golf wisdom and best kept secrets finally made public, the book fails to live up to the author's own advertising and is a bit disappointing.A fair amount of down-to-earth tips, techniques, and golfing philosophy that Harvey had applied to his students are shared in the book. And if just one of those tips can improve one's golf game, then I would say the book is worth the price. But too often, the "Little Red Book" comes off as an exercise in name-dropping and rambling golf anecdotes, many of which are not all that interesting nor amusing. It pains me to say that, knowing what a revered figure Harvey Penick has been to some in the golfing community, but that is just my honest assessment.What also disappointed me about this book was that although Harvey Penick gives a couple of concessions to the virtue of humility, there appears to be a somewhat bragadocious quality to the narrative. That would be more excusable if the "Little Red Book" was in fact packed from cover to cover with the invaluable tips Penick promises in this introductory chapter, but that is not the case. Here is a short example of what I am talking about:In the chapter titled "First Things First," Harvey writes about a man who came to his country club seeking out "this famous teacher, this Penick fellow." The man says if Harvey is "such a great teacher" perhaps he can give some advice on how to get out of sand traps. Harvey 's response - which abruptly ends the brief chapter - is something to the effect that it is better not to get into sand traps to begin with...a response that is not only rather obvious but neither practically helpful nor particularly clever.That exemplifies too much of the tone of this book, which is unfortunate, because there are some good down-to-earth visualization techniques and other bits of instruction, which, if solely focused upon, would have made this a far better and more useful read.


A must read for every golfer

by A. Todd Black
(5/5)

Mr. Penick shares a lifetime of golf wisdom in this easy to read and timeless classic. Every golfer should have this book in their library.His humble style and sincere desire that every golfer improve (and most importantly, have fun) make this book helpful for golfers at all levels of playing ability.


I have the 1992 edition--instant classic/timeless

by BbP "I buy 1cent books"
(5/5)

book-my HUSBANDS personal copyCo-writerBud Shrake-Austin,TexasHarvey Morrison Penick-10/23/1904 to4/2/1995. Book is the 1992 edition.Instant classic-88 T I P S/175 pages/no photos. This is a SMALL red book.Throughout his love for golf and his loveof teaching shows through. He started outas a caddie at the Austin,Tx Country Club.He had been teaching for 60 years.My husband who DOES NOT read books LOVESTHIS ONE. Refers to it often. Its timeless.Still good info for 2012.Harvey says to also read:MODERN FUNDAMENTALS OF GOLF by Ben Hogan &HOW TO PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF by Tommy Armour.bbp okc ok 62 retired


Not a "Must Read" but a Very Good Read

by Big D
(4/5)

An interesting mix of story, sayings, memoir and instruction..only the most ardent golfer or golf instructor could get much out of the instruction, but the story, sayings and memoirs are good, many outstandng.The concept of the Little Red Boook is interesing and alluring to the reader. An interesting mix of information. Well worth the read, but it leaves the reader--at least this reader--wishing it was two books, one of instruction, one on the other interesting and insightful informaton in the book.


A Good Walk Spoiled (Golf Defined)

by Borowy26 "Hank"
(4/5)

This book contains many entertaining anecdotes gathered over the course of may decades. Harvey Penick chose to become a teaching golf professional rather than barnstorm the country during those early years of golf tournaments when many professionals were simply glorified hustlers. Eventually Penick became widely respected and many notable players and duffers stopped over to visit him at the practice tee. Over time, the wooden shafted golf clubs gave way to titanium steel.I certainly enjoyed the historical perspective that the book provided. Although some golf instruction is included in the book, it is more of a nostalgic look backwards to days spent in the Texas sun mowing the lawns and watering the greens. Reading a book like this is not a bad way to spend an afternoon. Harvey Penick had a good life.If you are searching for a serious golf instruction manual, however, you may want to choose another book.


More helpful than "For All who Love the Game" with tips

by Charlene
(4/5)

Expected more instructional tips, rather than anecdotes.Stil it was enjoyable to read. The game of golf lost a great mentor when he died.


A great little book.

by Mark Wilsonwood
(5/5)

In evaluating this book, it's important to note what it is, and what it isn't.It isn't a straightforward instructional book. It's very non-linear; for example, the grip is not discussed until page 30, and the stance until page 110. Instead, this is more a book of collected observations about the game, its pleasures and pains, its pitfalls and secrets for success, and its personalities.Another thing it is not: a classically well-written book. After all, Harvey was a golf teacher, not an author (it appears that -- to his credit -- co-author Shrake allows Harvey's voice to come through, instead of completely rewriting his thoughts). What ultimately results is a slim volume full of both anecdotes and helpful tips (I have worked my way out of swing problems many times by going back to the Little Red Book).A complete instructional guide to the game? No. This is a modest work -- very appropriate to the quiet and gentle man who taught a U.S. Open champion, a Masters champion, and hundreds or thousands of lesser-known golfers whose ability and appreciation for the game were enhanced by their having known Harvey Penick.


It Never Gets Old

by Robert Graves
(5/5)

I've owned this book for a few years now, and like my caption says, it never gets old.In this golfer's book you will find instruction, philosophy, and history - all woven masterfully together in the form of stories. Whether it's the lengthly section where Harvey gives his thoughts in the grip, or the extremely terse paragraph explaining why he never joined the tour, Penick uses the right words at the right times.I've read it several times and often take it with me on long trips. It's broken into several very short segments, sometimes two or three on a page, sometimes two or three pages. This means you can always pick it up, read a quick snipit, and walk away from it.Lastly, I've found that whenever my golf game is struggling, I read this book and it always somehow gets back on track. I don't know if it's from the lucid instruction or the comforting philosophy, but either way this book has become an integral part of my golf regimen.


How to become a seasoned golfer

by Rod Allison
(5/5)

One thing mid to high handicappers such as myself notice about better golfers is how much knowledge of, and feel for, the game they have. This book will increase your knowledege and feel immensely. The result is a better additude toward the game and more confidence, which can only result in better scores.There is plenty of technical help as well with chapters on grip, "the magic move," chipping, club selection, etc. If there's anything thats bothering your game, such as too strong of a grip, you may well discover what it is while reading this book. But more than anything, you will be a more savvy golfer with a renewed additude.Hit 'em straight


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