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On Learning Golf: A Valuable Guide to Better Golf Hardcover – June 27, 1946


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (June 27, 1946)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394410084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394410081
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The War & Peace of golf. A quaint old classic from 1946, with an intro by the Duke of Windsor. It's good advice, and seriously, this game has hardly changed a whit in 50 years!

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Well written and easy to understand.
John E. Fulbright
The imagery helps the golfer begin to learn what a proper swing feels like.
Christmas Tree
I first read this book over a year ago!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book will allow you to get the right conceptions for producing a good golf swing. And as Percy says, it is the swing rather than hitting the ball that is the thing. It is not a technical book but he does make technical points in it. Its key virtue is that it gets rid of several common misconceptions about how to swing a golf club. Percy's tone is absolutely wonderful and he has a nice sense of humor. It would have been a joy to experience his teachings in person. Buy the book, read it and then practice its concepts and you will find yourself capable of nailing every shot. Of course, the result is that golf becomes a very fun game again, as it should be. Best golf instruction book I have ever read and I have read a bunch, including Penick, Hogan, Armour, Leadbetter, Haney, Harmon, etc.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sandwah on April 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Percy Boomer will probably go down in the annals of golf history as the finest teacher in the history of the game. He does this by explaining the proper conception of the golf swing as one athletic movement, not a series of positions to reach as in modern instruction. Boomer had the benefit of NOT having stop motion photography and video cameras - instead, he explains that the movement of the golf swing is a swing in the strict definition of Ernest Jones: that the club should be moved in a centrifugal motion, BUT, Boomer differentiates how that centrifugal motion is achieved. Jones believed it is done solely and completely through the use of the hands, and that the body only yresponds to the motion in the clubhead weilded only by the hands. Boomer believes the motion is achieved through the proper use of the core (center) of the body. Much like a pitcher or batter in baseball, a discus thrower, the golf swing according to Boomer employs the same physics, as the body generates this centrifugal force and imparts maximum velocity and accuracy through the clubhead, as the hands and arms act only as connecting agents to the club. All motion below the waist is active, while all movement above the waist is passive, or responsive to the hips, knees and feet. Jones, Hogan, Sarazen, Snead, even Moe Norman, arguably the greatest ball striker in golf history, employ this motion. While none appear the same in terms of setup, posture, grip, etc, they all utilize the body to swing the clubhead - the dog wags the tail!

Boomer is the seminal voice in golf instruction history. Jimmy Ballard developed his theories with much from this book. Ballard even took the term "connection" from Boomer. David Leadbetter and his "dog wags the tail" concept, was directly taken from the pages of this book.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
To put it bluntly...Percey Boomer is God. Percey Boomer knows... but better yet Percy Boomer explains - perfectly...eloquently...amusingly...concisely.

The first lesson I had before I ever started playing was to read this book. In three months I broke 80. I still read this book.

If you understand what you're trying to do and you understand how to do it and you understand what it feels like when you're doing it right... Then you've read Percy Boomers - On Learning Golf
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Delta99 on June 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Of all the many golf books I have read this is by far and away the best! Percy Boomer teaches through feel & most importantly his verbage to comunicate these feels to the reader are pure genius! The simple turn, plant, & twist goes a long way in this crazy game called golf! Prior to reading this gem I struggled just to break 100 consistantly. Since reading & rereading this book & practicing I now shoot low 80's and I'M still improving! Everything you need to know is covered in this book! I would strongly advise to read this book many times so as one can fully absorbe & understand Boomer's teachings! The great thing about this book is it is not a dry read! It is very entertaining and Boomers verbage, as I said before, is sheer genius! Again Boomer teaches by feel but he lays down some very basic mechanics but then again the golf swing is a simple thing when one has the correct idea & the feel for it! Do yourself & your game a huge favor and get this book! Penick, Hogan, Leadbetter, Haney, & others pale in comparison to the genius of Percy Boomer! Hey the thing has been in print since the mid 40's so that in of itself shows the info contained therein has stood the test of time! Study it! Practice it! Know it & feel it! You may find yourself writing a review here praising this mans genius! Just listen to the other reviewers it is no hoax!!!!!!! GET THIS BOOK!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By toolmannh on October 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've read more than a few books on golf instruction. Percy Boomer's book is without a doubt the best of the lot. I don't know whether Mr. Boomer was ahead of his time or whether modern golf instruction just lost its way somewhere along the road. The fact is that these old time pros knew what they were doing. The "tricks" and "tips" of today's pros found in the pages of golf digest etc. are just that. Let Mr. Boomer show you how to build a repeatable swing that will produce consistent results. You won't be disappointed. My only regret is that he's not still around to give lessons.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Of all the golf books I have read, and I have read over a hundred, this pearl has done the most to improve my game. I learned why standing on the practice mat trying to think through the swing did not improve my game. And I learned what had to be done to improve my game. My score, which had languished around 110, started dropping soon after I adopted Boomer's concepts. After three months, I am now in the low 90s to mid 80s and am still improving. Don't pass this gem by! Boomer was the Harvey Penick of an earlier generation and his ideas are still true.
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