Wednesday, March 9

New Golf Books: Olympic Lyon, 18 Holes With Bing, Golf Sense and The Anatomy of Greatness

Spring is almost here, and so are new golf books. The following book descriptions are from the publishers. They are not my reviews.

Olympic Lyon

(Publishes April 7, 2016) In Olympic Lyon, Michael Cochrane recounts the story of Canada's little-known golf legend, George Lyon, and his incredible journey from small-town Ontario to the final match of the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis. At age thirty-seven, the fire insurance salesman and natural athlete from Toronto picked up a golf club for the first time. Just a few years later, he faced the world's best golfers—men half his age—in a grueling week of competition for the ultimate prize: the first Olympic gold medal for golf and a magnificent Championship Trophy.

Meticulously researched and wildly entertaining, Olympic Lyon chronicles Lyon's remarkable career and the sudden rise in popularity of golf in North America, weaving the story through momentous events such as the War of 1812, the Louis Riel Rebellion, the St. Louis World's Fair, and the Great Fire of Toronto, to restore the memory of Canada’s first and only Olympic Golf champion.

18 Holes with Bing

(Publishes May 3, 2016) In this love letter to his father, former professional golfer Nathaniel Crosby shares memories of Bing Crosby on the golf course, and the lessons he taught him about the game and about life. With a Foreword by Jack Nicklaus.

In 18 Holes with Bing, Nathaniel introduces us to the Bing Crosby he and his family knew—not the beloved singer who played golf, but a golfer who sang to pay his country club dues. Nathaniel shares exclusive stories about this American icon golfing, working, and playing with some of the most famous people in history—royalty, titans of industry, stars of stage and screen, and champions of the green, including Bob Hope, Dwight Eisenhower, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Louis Armstrong. At the book's heart is an intimate account of a father and a son—how a mutual love of golf formed an exceptional emotional bond.

Golf Sense

You've just played two great shots to get onto the green.... and then fluffed the easiest of putts! How did that happen? Surprisingly it has little to do with your ability. It comes down to something you may never have considered; it's habit. Habits can make you do things you really didn't want to do, yet most golfers remain unaware of their influence.

The innovative techniques in Golf Sense (by Roy Palmer) will help you get into "The Zone" to break through the performance limiting habits  holding you back and let you take greater control over your game. You'll learn how to:

1) eradicate those annoying mistakes
2) increase your distance by using less effort
3) improve accuracy by not trying
4) simplify your golf

You can do all this once you get into The Zone, the ultimate state in which to play at your peak–and take your game to levels beyond your expectations.

The Anatomy of Greatness (Brandel Chamblee)

(Publishes March 29, 2016) In the first book from popular Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, the network’s “resident scholar and critic” (The New York Times) explores the common swing positions of the greatest players throughout history—and reveals how those commonalities can help players of every skill level improve our own games.

Every golf game begins with the swing, and no two are identical. Years ago, however, Brandel Chamblee, the highly regarded Golf Channel analyst and former PGA Tour professional, noticed that the best players of all time have shared similar positions in each part of the swing, from the grip and setup to the footwork, backswing, and follow-through. Since then, Chamblee, a student of game’s history, has used scientific precision and thoroughness to make a study of the common swing positions of the greats. Now, in The Anatomy of Greatness, he reveals what he has learned, offers hundreds of photographs as his proof, to show us how we can easily incorporate his findings into our own swings to hit the ball farther, straighter, and more consistently.

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