If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re a golf reader. (Not everybody is.) You might have more than a few golf books at home, too. Nothing wrong with that. I have several score.
These are the ones I have found to be most useful in teaching technique, diagnosing problems, and just plain having fun with golf.
On Learning Golf, by Percy Boomer, 1946. The original book on how to be a feel player. This book still has influence.
Advanced Golf, by Vivien Saunders, 1995. Saunders goes into detail on points that barely get mentioned in popular instruction books. Once you get the hang of the basic swing, this is how you elevate it.
Golf Doctor, by John Jacobs (also published as Curing Faults for Weekend Golfers), 1979. Jacobs describes twenty-five errant shot patterns, explains why they happen, and tells what to do about them, in detail that no other book even approaches. Whatever is going wrong, it’s in here.
The Elements of Scoring, by Raymond Floyd, 1998. This is absolutely the best book there is on both the mental game and the art of getting the ball in the hole.
The Complete Golfer, Herbert Warren Wind, ed., 1954. Great fun. Fiction, humor, memoirs, history, instruction, and fold-out maps of great courses. This book is for people who realize there was golf before Tiger Woods, or even Palmer, Player, and Nicklaus, or want want to find out about it.
A few others:
The Golf Swing, by Cary Middlecoff, 1974.
Play Golf the Wright Way, by Mickey Wright, 1990.
The Short Way to Lower Scoring, by Paul Runyan, 1979.
A Golfer’s Education, by Darren Kilfara, 2001.