- 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: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Learning Golf: A Valuable Guide to Better Golf Hardcover – June 27, 1946
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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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He is the original one-plane swing man and shows how you can do it. He gives useful visuals as seen from the golfer, not a camera. For example, "You must feel at the top of your swing that your club and left arm are waist high." Waist high! No camera will see your hands waist high but by golly YOU can, and it is a great visual to keep the swing going around your body, not up-and-down.
This idea of the flat, 3/4 swing was radical in 1946, taken up by Ben Hogan and commercialized without recognition to Percy by Jim Hardy. Other ideas in the book, like feel the clubhead with your body (pg 134) was stolen by Manuel de la Torre and "Connectedness of arms and body" (pg 135) made a whole career for Jimmy Ballard. But that's not important now. What's important is, if your game is being ruled by over-the-top pulls and sliding slices and overswings and you want to start fresh, this is your chance. Take it!
As one who coached high school tennis for more than 20 years, I wish I had read his book nearer the beginning of my coaching career than the end of it. And as one who has admired the golf swings of Bobby Jones, Mickey Wright, and Ben Hogan (especially Hogan), I can't help but add that Hogan spent several years, in the 1940s, carrying a battered copy of Boomer's book with him whenever he went out to practice. Since Hogan himself wrote that it wasn't until 1946 that he felt really confident in his swing, it's safe to conclude that Boomer's book helped him quite a bit.
Finally, I can't help but mention the delightfully quirky humor in the book and the beautifully indirect manner Boomer sometimes finds with which to teach the reader. He managed to compose a book unfailingly funny, thoughtful, and incisive. It is not only the seminal book of golf instruction, as one reviewer here claimed, it is the most delightful one. You can reread it many times with a smile and a nod of approbation, and you can build--without tips, without video, without a long list of your mistakes--a swing which will last you a lifetime.
The Scottish teachers and early American teachers used mind pictures and sensations to teach golf. In my opinion, they know the best way to learn is to use sensations and mind pictures. This lets the persons own natural ability learn how to square the clubface with every club in the bag