PGA Tour Complete Book of Golf: Lessons & Advice from the Best Players of the Game - Imagine the luxury of having Arnold Palmer, Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Lee Janzen, Mark O'Meara, Steve Elkington, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and the rest of the best players in the world overseeing your progress. Here's the next best thing. The PGA Tour Complete Book of Golf is loaded with lessons on every aspect of the game, smart tips on strategy, lively anecdotes, and helpful photos and illustrations. Large in size and attractively designed, it also sweeps through the game's history, while tipping its tam to links etiquette as well. This last bit is particularly important. If the rest of the book can't turn you into a pro on the course, at least it offers no excuses for not acting like one.
The Majors : In Pursuit of Golf's Holy Grail - As much a force of nature in sporting pursuits as John Grisham is on lawyers or Steven King is on the weird, the dauntingly prolific John Feinstein once again steps up to take a swing at golf. While A Good Walk Spoiled chronicles the pressures and tensions of a full season on the PGA Tour, The Majors narrows the vista, and expands the importance, to the chase for the four prestigious titles--the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA--that separate the great careers from the pretenders. That the chase occurred in 1998 turns The Majors from a compelling chronicle into a thrilling one. A thorough reporter, Feinstein does the necessary homework both inside and beyond the ropes. He dusts off history and anecdote to provide perspective and explore how and why these four particular tournaments sprouted such regal fur around their collars. Still, perspective is just background if there's no focus to give it meaning, and he finds a bagful of it in the individual quests and the public and private dramas of, most notably, Fred Couples, Lee Janzen, Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara, Phil Mickelson, and David Duval. All entered the season with much to prove--to themselves and posterity, and the latter is what the Majors are so imposingly about. As Feinstein observes, "Four days a year, golfers go out to play for Forever. Those are the four Sundays at the major championships. They all know what is at stake." As the record shows, none staked a claim more improbably or excitingly than O'Meara, who put a pair of exclamation points on a long, distinguished--but significantly Major-less--career with stunning, gutsy victories at both the Masters and the British Open. Feinstein records these quests with precision and color; as usual, he aims at a target and shoots better than par.