Backswing RoundUp

What are your top book recommendations for golf instruction?

What are your top book recommendations for golf instruction?
There are tons of golf books out there, so we asked our pros which ones they recommend the highest.

There are three books that are important if you love the game of golf, want to understand it better, and have a desire to become a good player!

There are three books that are important if you love the game of golf, want to understand it better, and have a desire to become a good player! ( I define a good player as a person who gets the most out of their given ability and is satisfied with their own personal performance.)
1. Golf in the Kingdom, Michael Murphy, 2. How to become a complete golfer, Bob Toski with Jim Flick, and 3. Swing the Clubhead, Earnest Jones.
Golf in the Kingdom is a great story and everyone including most tour players, who has read the book can relate to it. Skip the epilog!!
Bob Toski is the all-time greatest golf instructor. ( I define a great teacher as a person whose sole purpose is to sincerely help you do better at whatever you are trying to do! Heart and soul! No pretense, no filter, no fancy theory, no fancy accent, no terminology or want of personal gain. He simply wants you to play and enjoy the game better.)
This is straight stuff on how to develop a solid golf game! Read the book!

Earnest Jones( recommended by Toski) compels you to realize that the golf swing takes about a second and a third, and you need to think of it as one whole motion, similar to throwing a ball. Not a bunch of parts and pieces, controlled and manipulated, and put together in that small amount of time.

“Feel it, don’t think it” is a huge step to becoming a good golfer.
As always enjoy the journey, play well, and have fun out there.

Olde School Golf School

Bob Kotowski

PGA Golf Professional

Director of Instruction

Olde School Golf School, Buellton, CA

There are so many great books on golf instruction that cover different areas of the game.

There are so many great books on golf instruction that cover different areas of the game.

I recommend Jim McLean’s Eight Step swing book and Mike Adams Cracking the golf swing code for the full swing.

Anything by Dr. Bob Rotella is a good book to read for the mental game.

Iain Highfield, Matthew Cooke, Arick Siegel, and Zach Parker did a book on how to take your game to the course: Golf Practice- How to practice golf and take your range game to the course.

Sleepy Hollow Country Club

Kevin Sprecher

Director of Instruction

Sleepy Hollow Country Club,

Golf instruction is not limited to the physical game. The mental game is equally if not more important than the physical.

Golf instruction is not limited to the physical game. The mental game is equally if not more important than the physical. Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the leading sport psychologists in the game. He has worked with a number of tour professionals and has written multiple books. “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect” is one of his earliest books and is still regarded as one of the best regarding the mental game. If it’s the short game you struggle with, Dr Rotella has a book specific to that. “Putting Out of Your Mind” with help you with your yips and get you holing more putts on the green. A strong mental game is a players best club to have in the bag!

PGA Golf Professional

Rob Krajewski

PGA Professional and Player Development Coordinator

Glen Oak Golf Course, East Amherst, NY

The two best instructional books I have read were Tiger Woods, "How I Play Golf" and Mike Malaska, "I Feel Your Pain".

When it comes to Instruction books, there are some classic examples like Hogan’s 5 Fundamentals, or Jack’s Golf My Way. But the two best instructional books I have read were Tiger Woods, “How I Play Golf” and Mike Malaska, “I Feel Your Pain”. Both are really easy to understand and apply to your golf game.

Kevin Dorsch

PGA Golf Professional

Gateway Golf & Country Club

NBC Golf Channel Academy w/ David Impastato, Ft. Myers, FL

Swing Like a Pro by Dr. Ralph Mann and Fred Griffin.

Swing Like a Pro by Dr. Ralph Mann and Fred Griffin. This was the first biomechanics study book of it’s kind using the best players in the world as the models. It’s hard to find the book as about 20 years old. But still to this day the type of book any amateur could understand and it’s facts and not opinion.

Shawn Cox

Director of Golf

The Fairmont Grand Golf Club, San Diego, CA

The Stock Tour Swing by Tyler Ferrell is one of my favorite golf books.

The Stock Tour Swing by Tyler Ferrell is one of my favorite golf books. Loaded with drills and anatomy lessons for better understanding of complex motions.

Nick Duffy Golf

Nick Duffy

PGA Golf Professional

Director of Instruction

Nick Duffy Golf, Winter Garden, FL

There are some people that like the book I wrote about eye dominance, "Golf for the other 80% "

There are some people that like the book I wrote about eye dominance, “Golf for the other 80% ” on Amazon.

Jim Hartnett

PGA Golf Professional

Founder

Myhome4golf.com, Irvine, CA