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BOOK Augusta
Home of the Masters Tournament
by Steve Eubanks
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Journalist Steve Eubanks examines the history of the Augusta National Golf Club, from the iron fist held by its first leader, Cliff Roberts, to the allegations of racism that have plagued the club over the years. The exclusive club's idiosyncratic history -- this club is known as a former golf home for Dwight Eisenhower, while holding a notorious place within the golf world for its rigid rules -- is detailed in the book. A longtime golf fan (he has been attending the tournament since he was in high school), Eubanks performed exhaustive research for AUGUSTA, gathering anecdotes from well-known golf personalities past and present. This recently published paperback version of AUGUSTA includes a chapter on the stunning 1997 victory of Tiger Woods.


BOOK The Masters
Golf, Money, and Power in Augusta, Georgia
by Curt Sampson
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Sampson, a lifetime golfer, looks at the cold heart that beats under the warm facade of the infamous golf haven Augusta National. That heart belongs to the founder of the club and of the Masters tournament, Clifford Roberts, a New York stockbroker who killed himself on the club's grounds 20 years ago. Sampson details the winding tale of interplay between the club, its owner, its golfers (including notable names like James Brown and Beau Jack), and the town where it resides. He looks at the longstanding traditions, both the charming and the devastatingly racist, that cemented the club's permanent space in golf history -- and the ways that those traditions carry the legacy of Roberts, whose suicide looms over Augusta to this day.


BOOK Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect
by Bob Rotella, Bob Cullen
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Golf is supposed to be a relaxing day out. It's not about conquering a course, but gaining satisfaction at meeting the challenges a course puts in front of you. GOLF IS NOT A GAME OF PERFECT explores the mental aspects of building a better golf game.


BOOK The Golf of Your Dreams
by Bob Rotella, Bob Cullen
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Bob Rotella -- author of GOLF IS NOT A GAME OF PERFECT, which looks at the mental aspects of good golf -- returns with THE GOLF OF YOUR DREAMS, a more practical guide to improving your score. Still not focused on telling you how to make the technically perfect chip shot, Rotella does give the reader valuable tools to finding the right pro and to planning regular practice in your busy life.


BOOK Final Rounds
A Father, a Son, the Golf Journey of a Lifetime
by James Dodson
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Their relationship was forged on the golf course. Whenever there was a problem in their lives, James Dodson and his father would play a round and figure it out while smashing drives and lining up putts. But James's father had turned 80 (Jim was 40), and his drives weren't carrying the greens like they used to. Father and son couldn't play golf together forever, so they decided to take one last trip -- to the Scottish links where Jim's father first played during World War II. Written with searing honesty and unbounded wit, FINAL ROUNDS is a tribute to a very special game and to the fathers and sons who make it so.


BOOK A Good Walk Spoiled
Days and Nights on the PGA Tour
by John Feinstein
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This bestseller takes readers behind the scenes to look at the people, the pressures, and the drama of professional golf. Chronicling an unusually turbulent year on the PGA tour, sportswriter John Feinstein delivers extraordinary close-up portraits of 17 golfers, including Nick Price, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, and Paul Azinger.


BOOK Golf in the Kingdom
by Michael Murphy
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When a young man en route to India stops in Scotland to play at the legendary Burningbush Golf Club, his life is transformed. Paired with a mysterious teacher named Shivas Irons, he is swept into a world where extraordinary powers are unleashed in a back swing governed by "true gravity." A night of adventure and revelation follows, and leads to a glimpse of Seamus MacDuff, the holy man who haunts a ravine off Burningbush's 13th fairway -- the one they call Lucifer's Rug.


BOOK On Golf
by Jim Flick, Glen Waggoner
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Jim Flick, one of the game's most successful and respected teachers, offers practical and philosophical advice for mastering your golf game. Anyone who can teach Jack Nicklaus a thing or two -- and who works with Nicklaus to teach others -- surely has some valuable advice for casual players. The focus is partly on technique and playing the game well, but he also aims to help you understand your own skills, weaknesses, and approach to the game (as chapters like "The Game of Golf Is 90 Percent Mental. The Other 10 Percent Is...Mental" illustrate). Great lessons from a great teacher.


BOOK Golf Magazine's Complete Book of Golf Instruction
by George Peper, Lorin Anderson, James A. Frank, et al.
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A complete, stroke-by-stroke guide to more accurate golf. With more than 450 full-color illustrations in the 350-plus pages of this guide from the editors of Golf magazine, the instruction is thorough, clear, and easy to follow.


BOOK Golf Etiquette 101
by Bill Bailey
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Conversational and entertaining, GOLF ETIQUETTE 101 is nonetheless a serious exposition of unofficial rules of golf: how to take eagles gracefully; how to triple bogey without losing friends; where to stand when your playing partners are teeing off. Golf culture is generally a relaxed subset of business culture, and success on the links depends as much on playing right as it does on playing well.


BOOK Break 100 Now!
From Hacker to Golfer in Just 90 Days
by Mike Adams, T. J. Tomasi
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A lot of golf instruction books focus on playing perfectly to break 80. But for the majority of casual players, breaking 100 is the first goal. BREAK 100 NOW! sounds like an infomercial promise, but with the credentials Adams and Tomasi bring to the subject, you just might make it. One large focus is on effective practicing, because after all, reading about hitting the ball well will not lower your handicap. But neither will repeating your mistakes with every practice shot. Adams and Tomasi break down each shot to tell you what to watch for, what to avoid, and how to work on those parts you aren't doing right.


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