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Jack Grout: A Legacy in Golf Hardcover – November 1, 2012
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Jack Grout was my unconditional friend for nearly four decades, serving as both my golf instructor and, after the premature death of my father in 1970, as a second father to me. Jack gave a great deal of himself to me as my only golf teacher from the day I first attended one of his junior golf classes at Scioto Country Club, right up through my final major championship victory in the 1986 Masters. --~ Jack Nicklaus
About the Author
Dick Grout is a second-generation PGA golf professional who has followed closely in his famous father's footsteps. He is an accomplished player and teacher who specializes in the history and traditions of golf and has assisted a number of journalists in their writings about the extraordinary life of Jack Grout. Dick Grout lives in Sunset, SC
Bill Winter, a career newspaper reporter and editor who also served for sixteen years as president and executive director of the Reston, Virginia-based American Press Institute. Dr. Winter is based in southwest Florida.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book, written with the assistance of veteran journalist Bill Winter, reads like a novel as it takes you through the true life story beginning with Grout's scrappy life in Oklahoma, to his incredible 39 year relationship with his pupil, Jack Nicklaus - a relationship that blossomed from teacher-pupil to more of father-son.
Jack Grout is a remarkable man and his story will make a wonderful gift for all fathers, sons, golf enthusiasts and for all who love a heartwarming story.
Within the context of the book,it also presents interesting stories about the history of the professional golf tour,
and its genesis in the U.S. The book which is written by Jack Grout's son, Dick, tells the life story of his father
who was a professional golfer, and a teaching professional for seven decades, and the only instructor that Jack Nicklaus every had until the time of his death in 1989.It is a remarkable story about an ordinary, but extraordinary man, and Dick Grout makes a very solid case for the induction of his father into the Golf Hall of Fame. This is a must read book for anyone who loves the game of golf. I found it to be a very moving and emotional story.
Before Butch Harmon or David Leadbetter, there was Jack Grout who didn't have to go to each tour stop with Jack Nicklaus like so many modern teachers. He simply made sure that Jack continued to follow the basic fundamentals with a good grip, solid stance and keeping his head behind the ball at impact. No video, no teaching aids, no crazy practice drills. Just keep it simple and hit the ball hard. A great read about a fascinating and important legand of the game.
money invested. As a once a week golfer I was aware of Tiger Woods 14 Majors and rolodex of golf teachers. I
was also aware of The Golden Bears 18 Majors and rumors of his first teacher at 10 years old being his only
teacher through 18 Majors. Then I got a look at this book. Forward by Jack Nicklas this is no rumor fantasy. Buy it.
A great read up to page 157 then a total magnetic perfect read. On page 157 Jack Grout says it all about life,
sports, education and GOLF. " A simple approach to GOLF is not only the best approach but the only approach".
He lived all aspects of his life and assisted to make "The Golfer of the Century" with the simple approach.
My investment was great. I bought 10 books though Amazon and sent them to my children and friends both
golfers and non-golfers with a card saying "Grout and Nicklaus a perfect pair of Jacks a Diamond and a Spade".
Ever competitive and always a good guy, Grout has a charm along with great teaching skills.
This book will hold your attention with its historical golf tales and graceful writing style.