As a professional in the physical therapy field and in the golf teaching field, I have concluded that the difference between the effective professionals and the mediocre ones is how well they keep up with their education.
This includes conferences, professional research, and books. Today we are going to take a look at a couple of books outside of the mainstream golf literature so you can determine whether they may help your golf game.
We will review:
Why You Suck At Golf: The 50 Most Common Mistakes Made by Recreational Golfers
First off, you have probably never read a book about golf like this one. Similar to the golf book below, this book is packed with golf tips that are different than you would find in a typical golf instruction book. They are practical and not heavily weighted on swing technique.
This book is organized into sections titled:
- Pre-Game and Tee Time Mistakes
- Equipment Mistakes
- Swing Mistakes
- Practice Mistakes
- Short Game Mistakes
- and a chapter on behavior mistakes which is comical and entertaining to read because they are all true!
As a whole, the book is entertaining and quick to read.
Do you suck at golf? This book will improve your game faster than any formal golf instruction book will. As with the book below, this book is better suited for golfer with mid handicaps and up. Top golfers are most likely already familiar with this information (and frustrated with all the golfers who continue to make these simple mistakes).
Golf Crisis: 15 Ways to Lower Your Score by 10 Strokes
The “Golf Crisis” is a very different type of golf instruction book. Where as golf books like mine address golf mechanics and golf stretches, the “Golf Crisis” addresses golf course strategy, warm up strategy, and practice strategy for quick results. I work with folks every week that could definitely lower their scores by following the simple advice in this book.
For me, the highlights of this book included:
- A very good, practical tips to improve your mental game
- Tips on avoiding big scores with a unique bail out shot strategy I found interesting
- Very good game strategy techniques.
- Simple shot visualization technique
- A cheat sheet you can take to the course
- An enjoyable chapter on how to avoid the mental meltdown!
I think this book is best suited for golfers with handicaps 14 and up.
The advice in this book is practical and effective but, from my experience, nobody seems to know about or follow these tips. The author even created a handy cheat sheet card that you can print out and take with you on the course.
I was impressed with the content in this book and gave it 4/5 stars on Amazon!
The interesting thing about this book, is that it hasn’t sold much. I think this is due to the title and marketing. However, the content is good.
Side note: you probably will not lower your score by 10 strokes 🙁
And as a side note: We have published 2 books this year that are available on Amazon.
1. The Golfing Good Life: Golf Instruction for Golfers Over 50
This book includes the top swing mistakes we see in golfers over 50 and solutions to those specific mistakes. Solutions include physical fixes for your body, professional golf instruction, and recommendations for golf training aids specific for that swing error. So far, a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews.
2. Pain Free Golf: Solutions for Golfers Over 50
This is our newest book and the reviews have just started to trickle in. If you have pain, have had or considering surgery, or sustained an injury, this book will help you return to pain free golf. Chapters focus on the back, neck, shoulder, arms, balance and arthritis.
Thanks for reading!
Dr Ryan York, DPT CGS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Golf Performance Specialist