Golfers often make the mistake of thinking golf books can’t actually improve your game.
They think hitting 100 balls at the range would be a better use of time.
You have to have a club in your hand to improve your game right?
Hitting 100 balls at the range with the wrong swing thoughts and bad form will not make you a better golfer.
Read the above sentence again.
What will make you a better golfer?
Reading the right golf books will give you insights on how to think about the game, the proper form, and course management.
Knowing “WHY” you do the things you do in your golf swing is just as important as actually swinging the club.
Knowing the science along with the art will give you the confidence you need when standing over the ball.
With that confidence, you will improve your handicap.
The first 4 books of this list helped me take 15 strokes off my handicap.
Read them and you will become a better golfer.
30 Best Golf Books That Will Make You a Better Golfer
A timeless classic with nearly one million copies in print, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport—fully illustrated with drawings and diagrams to improve your game instantly.
An all time classic. This book will teach you the five fundamentals that lead to a classic and consistent golf swing. This is one of the integral books that started me on my journey to taking 15 strokes off of my handicap.
The bestselling golf instruction book of all time and hailed as “the golfer's equivalent of The Elements of Style” (The New York Times).
The best-selling golf instruction book of all time. Guaranteed to improve your game.
3. Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible: The Complete Guide to Mastering the Green (Dave Pelz Scoring Game Series)
Over 150,000 readers have purchased Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible after just its first year of release publication, making the book an instant classic.
Another book on the list that played a massive role in dropping 15 strokes off my handicap. Dave Pelz’s is well known in the golfing world for his Scoring Series. He has ruthlessly studied putting and has put his scientific research to work to improve your game. Dave’s writing is heavily science based, but will give you the understanding of WHY you are doing what you do on the greens.
4. Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible: Master the Finesse Swing and Lower Your Score (Dave Pelz Scoring Game Series)
Instead of practicing the wrong things the right way, or the right things the wrong way, Pelz shows you how to find your own personal weaknesses and how to improve them to efficiently lower your scores.
The same concept as Dave’s Putting Bible but focused on your short game. This will help you score around the green and quickly make you a short game wizard.
Golf is just as much mental as it is physical, if not more. Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect focuses on the psychology of the game. It will teach you the thoughts that should be going through you head while you golf, and give you the confidence to make the crucial shots that will drastically improve your game.
This book directly improved my game. No matter how you feel about Tiger, his game is undeniable. This book not only gives you a look into how he plays, but also the thoughts he has while standing over the ball. Something we could all use!
“Golf is played on a 6 inch course, the space between your ears.” – Bobby Jones
Great golf story. Has since been made into a movie that is worth a watch as well.
If there’s anybody who has the right to teach short game, it’s Phil. Known for his creativity around the greens and phenomenal short game, this is a good look into how he is able to get up-and-down so consistently.
Better for beginners. Still worth while for experts.
There’s your of 30 golf books that are guaranteed to make you a more complete golfer. 1, 2, 4, and 6 were the four books that set me on the path to completely changing my game.
Each book offers something different, but in the end will bring you closer to playing the golf you’ve always dreamed of.
So the next time you think about going and spending two hours at the range…
Spend the first hour with a golf book instead.