Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf
This book is a collection of Harvey Penick's teachings and is one of the great golf classics. A must-have for any serious golfer.Read full review
Pros and Cons
- Quick Read
- Easy to skip around
- Lots of "nuggets" of wisdom
- Too short—wish there was more!
All GolfersMy favorite feature:
I love how "bite-sized" this book is. You can flip through it at your leisure and you'll surely walk away with a nugget of golfing wisdom to take to your next round.
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Full Review: Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf
It is one of the shortest golf books out there, but the lessons in it are priceless classics. Harvey Penick was the long-time teacher of Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite, and gives advice from a golf instructor's point of view. The book contains around 90 lessons from Penick's years of teaching. If you want to learn from one of the greatest swing instructors in history, this is your book.
I haven't ever read the book straight through, but I like to jump around. I use it on a day by day basis. For example, I reference one of the lessons, and work on it for that day or longer. It is a great little reference book which will keep your game sharp.
For example, in one lesson, Penick talks about the cure for erratic golfers who shoot 72 one day and 82 the next.
Penick says that if he were like that, he would start a golf diary, and write everything down about each golf round.
What did I eat before the round? How long did I warm up? How much sleep did I have? What was the time of day when I teed off? How was I feeling before the round?
He says that by keeping a nightly diary, you will be able to notice trends—a topic I talk about a lot on this site.
About the author: Zach Gollwitzer
Hey, I‘m Zach, the founder of The DIY Golfer! I created this site while playing D1 collegiate golf with a simple mission—I wanted to learn the golf swing and get better at golf myself.
Fast forward a few years, and my “journal“, The DIY Golfer, has been viewed by millions of golfers worldwide looking to do the same with their games. my mission is to make golfers more consistent in just a few hours a week through advanced practice strategies and timeless, first-principle golf instruction.