Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons And Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf
The most beloved golf book of all time, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book has become required reading for all players and fans of the game, from beginners to seasoned pros.
The legendary Harvey Penick, whom Sports Illustrated called the “Socrates of the golf world,” began his golfing career as a caddie in Austin, Texas, at the age of eight, and over the course of nearly a century worked with an amazing array of champions. In this classic book, which is named for the red notebook he always kept, Penick’s simple, direct, practical wisdom pares away the hypertechnical jargon that’s grown up around the golf swing, and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play their best.
This twentieth-anniversary edition features a treasure trove of rare images from the Penick family archives, commemorates Penick’s lasting achievement with a moving new foreword by 2012 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III—whose father learned the game under Penick’s tutelage—and reminds golfers everywhere to “take dead aim.”
And if You Play Golf, You’re My Friend: Further Reflections of a Grown Caddie
Since the publication of Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, the world has almost literally beaten a path to Harvey Penick’s door. Hardly a day goes by without a stranger arriving at the Penick home, book in hand, hoping for more pearls of wisdom, an autograph, or just wanting to say, “Thank you.”
Bud Shrake, Penick’s coauthor, noticed that Penick usually inscribes the books, “To my friend and pupil.” How could he do that, Shrake asked him, when he didn’t know these people?
“Well,” replied Penick, “if you read my book you’re my pupil, and if you play golf, you’re my friend.”
And If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend picks up where the Little Red Book left off. It features the same blend of simple wisdom, sound golfing instruction, and good common sense that has made the Little Red Book so popular with golfers of all ages and levels of ability. And, as in the previous volume, Penick’s deep love for the game and his delight in teaching shine through on every page.
Penick tells the story of his son-in-law’s first golf lesson, a story with a twist right out of O. Henry. He relates the tale of a player from Houston who had only one flaw in his game — that his scores were too high — and who exploded with anger when Penick told him so. He gives advice to parents on how to help their children learn golf, shows how to overcome a slice by “playing baseball,” and shares the pride and joy he felt while watching his pupil Tom Kite win the U.S. Open.
Warm, witty, and wise, And If You Play Golf, You’re My Friend shows why Harvey Penick has become America’s best-loved teacher of the great game of golf.