It's easy to understand why near nonagenarian Harvey Penick has become a best-selling author with the publication of two unprepossessing golf instructionals, Harvey Penick's Little Red Book
(1992) and And If You Play Golf, You're My Friend
(1993). The human animal has an extremely limited capacity for thinking while swinging a golf club, a fact that most teachers of the sport have never properly recognized. Not Penick. His swing tips are succinct, simple, and goal directed, whether he's telling you to clip a tee in the backyard or practice chip shots under a card table. Similarly, his philosophical musings on the game, while sometimes engagingly enigmatic, always have a practical point. His third book is aimed at women golfers, though plenty of his advice will be appropriate for those of either sex. He does, however, make several telling points relating specifically to women: why women have such naturally good short games, for example, and how women can develop "golfing muscles." Readers of both the the previous books will find some repetition here, but Penick's homespun wisdom always bears repeating. A must where golf books are popular. Bill Ott
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About the Author
Harvey Penick's association with golf and with the Austin (Texas) Country Club dates back to 1913, when he began working there as a caddie. Mr. Penick has taught five of the thirteen women that have been inducted into the Ladies' Professional Golf Association Hall of Fame. He still lives in Austin with his wife, Helen. This is his third book.