March 2010

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Funnyman Josh Karp’s hilarious new book, Straight Down the Middle (Chronicle), documents his quest to get in touch with his inner self with the hope that it’ll somehow improve his golf game. The perfect antidote for anyone who’s ever read Golf in the Kingdom or Zen Golf and wondered what really goes on in the shrouded world of mystical golf.

Former rocket scientist Dave Pelz’ latest book, Damage Control (Gotham), promises to eliminate up to five shots per round. How? By helping you get out of trouble. Chapters address, among other things, setup, swing shape and the mental game skills needed to handle precarious situations.

Everyone has dream courses they’d like to play: Augusta National, Cypress Point and St. Andrews for starters. But how many of us have imagined what a perfect course might look like? The one made up of our favorite holes? (18 at Pebble? 12 at Augusta? 17 at TPC Sawgrass?). In the beautifully photographed Golf’s Dream 18s (Abrams) by David Barrett, the author cleverly groups different holes together to form numerous dream 18s, like the eighteen most scenic holes. Pick this up and start dreaming.

Written by Joey Diovisalvi, the head strength and conditioning and biomechanics coach at the PGA Tour Academy at TPC Sawgrass, Fix Your Body, Fix Your Swing (St. Martins Press) details, through text and photographs, how to get as fit as a Tour pro. Written with Steve Steinberg, Joey D., as he’s known, passes on his “Joey D Dozen” workout secrets. But what we liked the most were his time-saving exercises.
Golf Tips’ Senior Instruction Editor Jeff Ritter has been on the lesson tee for fifteen years now and seen all kinds of swings and things. Now he’s sharing them with us in his latest book, Your Kid Ate a Divot! (The title comes from one of his stories in which a kid, yes, actually eats a chunk of turf.) Ritter’s stories aren’t just funny; there’s also a life lesson attached to each one. Perfect if you like to laugh while you learn.

Just as breathtaking as Golf’s Dream 18s is Planet Golf USA (Abrams) by Darius Oliver. Featuring photographs and reviews of America’s best 140 courses, it provides the most comprehensive directory ever published of the nation’s outstanding golf layouts. Includes reviews of every “Top 100”-ranked course in the U.S. with detailed historical and architectural commentary by the game’s leading architects.


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