Here’s a nice golf gift for Christmas, birthday, or other occasions. Bill Kroen’s Golf Tip-a-Day 2015 Calendar is a daily rip-away calendar which gives a golfer daily doses of golf advice and game-improving information.
Bill Kroen’s Golf Tip-A-Day
It is tough to learn many golf tips at a time. One at a time per day will be absorbed into the golfer’s brain and retained at a much higher rate.
Top: The Daily Extra
As a bonus, the backside of each tip has another interesting nugget of information called the “daily extra,” not necessarily related to golf.
Oh boy am I stoked for the latest book review submission here at HOG World Headquarters. Sorry to the rest of you authors, but you’ve all been bumped down a spot. My good friend and fellow golf blogger Neil Sagebiel is a fantastic writer. I absolutely loved his book The Longest Shot – Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf’s Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open.
Neil’s latest book comes just in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup. I can’t wait to read Neil’s accounting of the 1969 Ryder Cup, which I’m sure will capture it greatly with his attention to detail and deep research.
Below is some PR for the book:
In 1969, the Ryder Cup teetered on the brink of relevancy. It also teetered on perhaps being discontinued. The U.S. had dominated the British for the first 42 years of competition since the formation of the event, winning almost every single time it was contested, often times by large margins of victory. Celebrated author Neil Sagebiel has uncovered one of the great stories in golf with his new book, DRAW IN THE DUNES: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World, Foreword by Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin (Thomas Dunne Books, September 9, 2014).
Royal Birkdale was the site of the 1969 Ryder Cup, and all the experts gave the U.S. a resounding position as heavy favorite to again retain the Cup. With Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, Dave Hill and Miller Barber among its star-studded roster it seemed inevitable that the U.S. would win. Great Britain was led by the great Tony Jacklin along with European stars like Neil Coles, Christy O’Connor, Bernard Gallacher, and Peter Alliss. Still, they were undisputed underdogs despite playing on their home soil. The British team believed they were capable of the impossible. They appeared to be the only ones that felt that way, however.
As Sagebiel shows, though, right from the first day of competition, maybe this wouldn’t be the slam dunk romp for the Americans everyone thought. In fact, 17 of the 32 matches over the three days of competition were not decided until the final hole. Nerves were fraying by the match, and tempers flared from time to time. But nothing could equal the electrifying matches between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, especially their battle in the final singles match on the last day of the Cup. The two titans waged a classic right up to the 18th hole. And then, one of the most amazing and completely shocking moments in golf history took place.
DRAW IN THE DUNES is the gripping account of a legendary Cup competition, and the story of golf’s greatest act of sportsmanship.
This Saturday morning coffee read is a new book I just received for review titled The Greatest Golf Courses and How They Are Played: North America (Greatest Courses). The book “gives you a unique insight into the most spectacular and important golf clubs on the continent.”
Greatest Courses of North America
Before I open it I’m thinking what courses had “better” be in there or else. So what was the first course I saw when I opened the cover? Black Mesa Golf Club, the one course that they could not miss and expect a decent review from me. I can tell I’m going to enjoy the rest of this one. Stay tuned for a full review down the fairway a bit.
Black Mesa Golf Club – Inside Cover
Time to mention three new golf books which have been added to my massive reading list.
Own Your Game
First up is a book I’m going to read very soon by one of my all time favorite golfers Dave Stockton. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dave on several occasions and he’s been nothing less than a gentlemen and willing to chat it up with you. He’s arguably one of the best putters, ever.
Dave’s new book is called Own Your Game: How to Use Your Mind to Play Winning Golf. Can’t wait to check it out.
The Magnificent Masters
Being a Masters aficionado naturally this book is going to be high up on my to-read list, the Gil Capps book, The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta. This is the story of the 1975 Masters which ended up being a duel between Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and eventual winner Jack Nicklaus.
The Masters is coming up in a couple of weeks. Good timing.
Every Shot Counts
Last but not least in today’s book queue additions is the Mark Broadie book, Every Shot Counts: Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy
paradigm-shifting approach that uses statistics and golf analytics to transform the game.
Click to purchase from Amazon
I’ll admit that I didn’t know who Jack Fleck was until about a year ago. That’s when I read my friend Neil Sagebiel’s book about Jack Fleck and the 1955 U.S. Open: The Longest Shot – Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf’s Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open. The story of Fleck’s victory over Ben Hogan in a playoff at the 1955 U.S. Open is without a doubt the biggest cinderella story, biggest upset in golf history.
Jack Fleck passed away at the age of 92 yesterday.
Here’s a great synopsis of Fleck as written by Neil on his Facebook page yesterday:
“Jack was born in Bettendorf, Iowa, on November 7, 1921. He became a golf professional at the age of 17. He served in the Navy during World War II and was part of the Normandy invasion. He beat his idol Ben Hogan in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1955 U.S. Open, one of the greatest upsets in the history of sports. When Hogan died in 1997, Jack decided not to attend the funeral because he didn’t want his presence to detract in any way from the remembrance of his idol. “