Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The twentieth anniversary edition of this classic work--the bestselling golf instruction book of all time and hailed as "the golfer's equivalent of The Elements of Style " The New York Times --includes a new introduction by a prominent golfer, twenty new illustrations, and never-before-published materials from the Penick family archives. The most beloved golf book of all time, Harvey Penick's Little Red Book has become required reading for all players and fans of the game, from beginners to seasoned pros. The legendary Harvey Penick, whom Sports Illustrated called the "Socrates of the golf world," began his golfing career as a caddie in Austin, Texas, at the age of eight, and over the course of nearly a century worked with an amazing array of champions. In this classic book, which is named for the red notebook he always kept, Penick's simple, direct, practical wisdom pares away the hypertechnical jargon that's grown up around the golf swing, and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play their best.
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Bud Shrake. The legendary Harvey Penick, who began his golfing career as a caddie in Austria, Texas, at the age of eight, worked with an amazing array of champions over the course of nearly a century, dispensing invaluable wisdom to golfers of every level.
Penick simplifies the technical jargon of other instructional books and communicates the very essence of the game, and his "Little Red Book" is full of inspiration and homespun wisdom that reflects at once his great love of golf as well as his great talent for teaching.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If you could place this book on a spectrum, where on the one end it is a biographical history and teachings of golf as a game and game play which mostly players and fans will relate to.
VS On the other end of the spectrum where Golf is discussed as a metaphor for life in a philosophical sense and anyone will be able to relate to but Golf fans might just find it even more appealing? Keen to hear your thoughts Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Anecdotes and advice from a golf pro for days of yore. The game of golf has changed since then, and he notes it near the end of the book when he covers trick shots.
He laments a bit that the game has become more power biased. Some interesting notes very basic. Don't over practice on a driver. It's your perfect swing you Anecdotes and advice from a golf pro for days of yore. It's your perfect swing you strive for. Golf carts take away from that experience.
See you in the fairways! View 1 comment. Feb 09, Brad Lyerla rated it it was amazing Shelves: sports , favorites. What a comfort this little book is for a golfer! Simple and wise, Penick makes golf sensible for expert and hacker alike. It is a must read for all golfers.
A key take away for me is that Penick instructs us to "take dead aim. And yet, I bet the vast majority of shots I hit in a round are just approximations. No more. I resolve to take dead aim. That now is my mantra. Jul 11, Ben Margraves rated it really liked it Shelves: personal-literacy-history. This book was released while I was in high school in the 90's. I was a golfer and it consumed my life most of the time.
This book was like my bible. I read this book to improve my game by taking notes from it and writing them on my hats, bags, scorecards and anything else I could imagine. The lessons in this book were not only applied o golf but to life as well. Jan 30, Ryan Blevins rated it really liked it. This book was amazing. Harvey Penik is my hero in golf after Arnold Palmer.
Harvey is from Austin TX which makes everything all that much better. Who would have though that a little eight year old could get a job caddying for the middle aged rich white men golfing for fun. Austin Country Club has found themselves a gem. Eighty One years of caddying and he is still at the Country Club doing what he does best, caddying. He spent little time on Tour, but all the time in the world coaching those on This book was amazing. He spent little time on Tour, but all the time in the world coaching those on tour.
This book includes a span of sixty years worth of notes and markings he made while coaching professionals and amateurs.
What are some of the juicy notes he has made in those sixty years, well, your gonna have to read this and find out for your self. I felt like he coached me just from reading this book. He is the John Wooden of Golf, so read, enjoy, and you too could be playing better Golf in no time. I read this book at the driving range and I like it enough that if the second book is still at BookOff the next time I visit, I'll probably get it I obviously didn't learn my lesson about having too many books when I moved.
Harvey Penick's Little Red Book is basically a collection of golfing tips and stories and even one poem. Harvey Penick is supposed to be this really great teacher, although I haven't heard of him before. But he sounds really kind and like a good teacher. Basically, Harvey's I read this book at the driving range and I like it enough that if the second book is still at BookOff the next time I visit, I'll probably get it I obviously didn't learn my lesson about having too many books when I moved.
Basically, Harvey's philosophy is that golf is a game you can spend your whole life learning agree and that although each person has their own style of playing, there are certain principles that can help you play a better game. So while he talks about people who are exceptions to the rules, he does give you the 'rules' that can help you improve golf. And a lot of stories. I think there are more stories about golf than tips about golf in the book. Then again, I like playing golf but not really watching it, so that probably explains my ignorance regarding those people.
This is definitely a book that fans of golf would like. But I don't think this is a good book for people looking to get into the game because it uses quite a lot of golf terminology do the words "hook your putts" and "squaring the club face" mean anything to you?
In fact, I would probably understand and appreciate this a lot more when I was in MG because I was learning and using those terms regularly back then. Reading it now, I have to think hard to understand some sentences.
Still, I'm glad I got this book. It's always fun to read about golf from someone who loves it, and it serves as a good motivator for me : This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile Aug 16, Aidan Boyd rated it really liked it.
Harvey Penick's Little Red Book is a book on a series of tips and instructions to make the reader a more knowledgeable golfer. The book covers almost any scenario an armature golfer will face and how to fix it. Some teachings and lessons take up less than a page and others are more extensive. I would recommend this book to a new golfer or someone who does not know much about golf.
Aug 23, Ashley rated it really liked it. This book is really great but written for right handed golfers, and I'm a lefty Mar 15, Susan Smith rated it really liked it. Harvey Penick's Little Red Book is as much about teaching as it is about golf.
One of the greatest golf instructors who ever lived, Penick composed this book by compiling personal anecdotes, golfing tips, and descriptions of legendary golfers. A would-be golfer, like me, can learn much about the joy and beauty of the game while picking up tips as to what aspects of the swing are important and which ones are not worth worrying about.
Penick treated each of his students differently, recognizing th Harvey Penick's Little Red Book is as much about teaching as it is about golf. Penick treated each of his students differently, recognizing that there are many ways to swing a club, and he worked very hard to get to know his students--not only their individual swings but also who they were as individuals--before offering advice.
I finished this book with great admiration for this man who quietly watched his students swing and offered maybe one or two pieces of advice that were game-changing.
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He taught thousands of golfers throughout his seven-decade career, and was a humble man who has a true passion for golf and teaching. Along the way he kept a small red book, in which he wrote notes. After watching so many golfers through the years, he noticed patterns that led to success amongst his students. He was content to let the book pass down to his children, but was ultimately convinced to publish it in the early 90s. It immediately made him a household name amongst golfers because the book was so insightful and informative. His Little Red Book is a classic that you need to read. To this day it is on every best seller list, and is considered to be required reading amongst all levels of golfers.
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