Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf
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Comprised of epigrams and anecdotes culled from the notes Penick took over a very long lifetime, it is filled with gentle prodding, practical swing advice, calming emotional counsel, a contagious love for the game and much good will and encouragement for golfers at every level. If you have any doubt where to position the ball for any iron, take a couple practice swings and note where the clubface brushes the ground,” he said.
They were to make the tree grow higher until it was the right size to make the ball sit down and stop near the hole. If you try to do too much with your grip, you will find yourself making a corrective motion on your backswing, and then making a correction on the downswing, to correct for the backswing. When I say bring your right arm back to your side, I mean on the downswing — not the backswing,” Penick wrote in his Little Red Book.I received as much joy from coaxing a first-time pupil, a woman from Paris, into hitting the ball into the air so that she could go back to France and play golf with her husband as I did from watching the development of all the fine players I have been lucky enough to know. Most of my club members and the players who came to me for help heard about my Little Red Book as it slowly grew into what is still a slender volume considering that all the important truths I have learned about golf are written in its pages. Penick gives the liberty to the right way one should putt as to how successful the individuals putting stroke is for him/her.
His stature in the golf world is reflected in the wide array of champions that he has worked with, including those featured in this audio program. 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. If your club is traveling perfectly down the target line as you move through impact, you are swinging down on a straight path.In the end, this is a good read--equal parts golf HOW-TO book and golf memoir by one of the true greats. For example, in one lesson, Penick talks about the cure for erratic golfers who shoot 72 one day and 82 the next. This man is too muscle-bound to make a full swing, but he is strong enough to advance the ball decently with a short swing. There must be 80+ "chapters" in this book, with most being approximately a page and some being much less. There is a great deal of useful information here, some of it explained in detail, but much of it in short, pithy notes.
Some of the tips are fantastic, although you won't get much out of it if you don't already have a pretty good fundamental understanding of the golf swing. The greatest statement, in my opinion, is that golf mirrors life, and the reader will catch a good glimpse of this truism as the pages turn. This is an imaginary line which runs from the golf ball to the target you have selected for the shot. In this book, whats special was not that it had not been written before, but that what it says has withstood the test of time.Extend your Archives visit at home and at school with products developed especially by the National Archives Foundation. Penick suggested to start at your lead heel for the driver and 3-wood and move back a fraction of an inch for each club until you reach your 9-iron. The first and simplest (way to persuade the student to stop hitting over the top) is to make the student try to hit the ball on the toe of the club for a while. To this day it is on every best seller list, and is considered to be required reading amongst all levels of golfers.