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Has any golf instruction book influenced your game?

For many, Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf is considered the Holy Grail of golf instruction books. What is your personal favorite golf instruction book and why?

My favorite is The Master of Putting by George Low.

Dave Curley
Sacramento, Calif.

Nothing is close to Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons, which I have read numerous times over the years. A little known book that has a lot of pearls and is hilarious is The Old Man and the Tee by Turk Pipkin.

Charles Reed
Hickory, N.C.

Jack NIcklaus' Golf My Way, which I read when I was 15 years old, has principles that I still use in every round today, 45 years later. Specifically, I still pick out a spot in front of the ball to use as an aiming/alignment aid, and I still pick a spot near the high point of my putting line to aim at when I putt. Both of those came from that book.

Casey Alexander
Harrisburg, N.C.

Maybe not a true instruction book, but Golf in the Kingdom by Michael Murphy changed my approach to the game, and helped move my handicap on a downward spiral more than any single publication. I’ve been playing well over 50 years and still refer to lessons learned from that book.

Neil Leibowitz
Portland, Ore.

I worked in a golf shop for eight to nine years as a formative youth. The book that made a giant difference in my playing competitive golf was One Move to Better Golf by Carl Lohren. His explanation and method was a revelation, and included a forward by Dean Beaman.

I bought copies and gave to friends, family and customers. He had a video by the same name, and later re-released an updated edition. I still review this book, and it helps me today.

Chris Lamping
Williamsburg, Mich.

The Eight Step Swing book, because I wrote it and it serves as the text book for over 400 teachers that have been certified in Jim McLean Golf Schools. It’s been through 3 printings and sold well nationally. I use Hogan’s book constantly.

Jim McLean
Coral Gables, Fla.

Tour Tempo by John Novosel.

Whenever my swing feels off ... I go back to the book, plug in the tunes, and work my way back to a 3:1 ratio. Works every time and should be the cornerstone for every golfer. You can learn all different kinds of swings, but the 3:1 ratio is proven for every golfer.

Warren Bailey
St. Paul, Minn.

How to Perfect Your Golf Swing: Using “Connection" and the Seven Common Denominators by Brennan Quinn and Jimmy Ballard.

Dudley Lewis
Lincoln, Calif.

How to Perfect Your Golf Swing by Jimmy Ballard.

The reason this is my favorite golf book is the concept of “staying connected” in the swing he talks so much about. That’s the only swing thought I ever have standing over the ball.

Layne Yawn
Jonesboro, Ark.

Swing the Clubhead by Ernest Jones.

Tom Pettegrew
Homosassa, Fla.

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