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And If You Play Golf, You're My Friend

by Harvey Penick, Penick, Harvey

Simon & Schuster | December 1, 1993 | Hardcover

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Since the publication of Harvey Penick''s Little Red Book, the world has almost literally beaten a path to Harvey Penick''s door. Hardly a day goes by without a stranger arriving at the Penick home, book in hand, hoping for more pearls of wisdom, an autograph, or just wanting to say, "Thank you."

Bud Shrake, Penick''s coauthor, noticed that Penick usually inscribes the books, "To my friend and pupil." How could he do that, Shrake asked him, when he didn''t know these people?

"Well," replied Penick, "if you read my book you''re my pupil, and if you play golf, you''re my friend."

And If You Play Golf, You''re My Friend picks up where the Little Red Book left off. It features the same blend of simple wisdom, sound golfing instruction, and good common sense that has made the Little Red Book so popular with golfers of all ages and levels of ability. And, as in the previous volume, Penick''s deep love for the game and his delight in teaching shine through on every page.

Penick tells the story of his son-in-law''s first golf lesson, a story with a twist right out of O. Henry. He relates the tale of a player from Houston who had only one flaw in his game -- that his scores were too high -- and who exploded with anger when Penick told him so. He gives advice to parents on how to help their children learn golf, shows how to overcome a slice by "playing baseball," and shares the pride and joy he felt while watching his pupil Tom Kite win the U.S. Open.

Warm, witty, and wise, And If You Play Golf, You''re My Friend shows why Harvey Penick has become America''s best-loved teacher of the great game of golf.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages

Published: December 1, 1993

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671871889

ISBN - 13: 9780671871888

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And If You Play Golf, You're My Friend

by Harvey Penick, Penick, Harvey

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages

Published: December 1, 1993

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671871889

ISBN - 13: 9780671871888

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Chapter 1 My Son-in-Law''s First Lesson My son-in-lax, Billy Powell, was captain of the University of Texas basketball team. When my daughter, Kathryn, married him, Billy''s pals accused him of trying to improve his golf game. Everybody knew that was meant as humor, because Billy had never touched a golf club. Basketball was Billy''s idea of a real game, not golf. After college, Billy and Kathryn served a tour in the Air Force. They were stationed at Clovis, New Mexico. Billy tried golf for the first time in Clovis. Playing with a friend who had a 2 handicap, Billy learned what a thrilling experience golf can be. He was hooked. Billy phoned me that night. He was so excited, he could hardly catch his breath. "Harvey, I''m on my way to Austin to take a lesson," he said. "How soon can you fit me in?" I said, "Billy, I will send you a set of golf clubs. Play golf for six months. Then we''ll talk about lessons." Six months later, Billy and I went to the practice range at Austin Country Club. "I have to ask you a question," Billy said. "I''ve had an awful struggle for six months. Why did you make me wait so long for this first lesson?" "This is the second lesson," I said. "Your first lesson was six months of struggle on your own." "But why?" I said, "Athletes like you, who have had success in other sports, need to be humbled before they can learn the game of golf." There''s an old saying: The student must be ready for the teacher to appear. Teaching Billy I watched my son-in-law sw
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Table of Contents

Contents My Son-in-Law''s First Lesson Teaching Billy A Value of Knowledge Identify the Problem The Lawyer God Knows In the Mind''s Eye What Does It Mean? Take Pleasure in It Flavor That Lasts The Oracle Speaks A Story by Helen Another Call Toss It An Irony The First Choice A Strange World Look Here First Toward a Stronger Grip All You Need to Know About the Wrist Cock Higher Aspects A Method for Madness Making a Comeback A Distinction Preacher Mann The Reason for It From the Fringe South of the Border The Lay Up Tommy Wins the Open A Story by Christy Kite Make Up Your Mind The California Woman The Judge Keep It Moving The Learning Game A Story by Tom Kite The True Way Club Selection A Special Club A Golfer''s Prayer Give Luck a Chance The Bench A Teacher''s Guide Musings on Rulings Wilmer''s Woes The Power of Negative Thinking The Champion Practice It First Wrongheaded Husbands Children Crosshanders The Left Arm The Secret of the Golf Swing Hit It Hard Brand-Name Aiming Slices and Hooks Pressure The Erratics How to Stop the Bleeding The Dashing Demaret Luck Sweet but Incomplete Paula Granoff''s Story Indoor Teaching Masters Manners A Golfer''s Poem Wasting Your Time Mr. Connerly Fate Takes a Hand Unfair to Ben Made in Heaven Chipping What Do You Look At? Telephone Lesson Still the Most Dreaded Shot Reassurance A Future in Golf The Sweet Spot Playing Hurt The Feeling of Far In the Eyes In the Mind Old Familiar Governor Hobby Life in the Mind My First Lesson A Soft Wedge The E
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From the Publisher

Since the publication of Harvey Penick''s Little Red Book, the world has almost literally beaten a path to Harvey Penick''s door. Hardly a day goes by without a stranger arriving at the Penick home, book in hand, hoping for more pearls of wisdom, an autograph, or just wanting to say, "Thank you."

Bud Shrake, Penick''s coauthor, noticed that Penick usually inscribes the books, "To my friend and pupil." How could he do that, Shrake asked him, when he didn''t know these people?

"Well," replied Penick, "if you read my book you''re my pupil, and if you play golf, you''re my friend."

And If You Play Golf, You''re My Friend picks up where the Little Red Book left off. It features the same blend of simple wisdom, sound golfing instruction, and good common sense that has made the Little Red Book so popular with golfers of all ages and levels of ability. And, as in the previous volume, Penick''s deep love for the game and his delight in teaching shine through on every page.

Penick tells the story of his son-in-law''s first golf lesson, a story with a twist right out of O. Henry. He relates the tale of a player from Houston who had only one flaw in his game -- that his scores were too high -- and who exploded with anger when Penick told him so. He gives advice to parents on how to help their children learn golf, shows how to overcome a slice by "playing baseball," and shares the pride and joy he felt while watching his pupil Tom Kite win the U.S. Open.

Warm, witty, and wise, And If You Play Golf, You''re My Friend shows why Harvey Penick has become America''s best-loved teacher of the great game of golf.

About the Author

Harvey Penick''s association with golf and with the Austin (Texas) Country Club dates back to 1913, when the began there as a caddie. He still lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Helen. This is his second book.

From Our Editors

The author of Harvey Penick's Little Red Book has done it again. And If You Play Golf, You're My Friend picks up where Penick's first bestseller left off--offering the same mix of simple wisdom, sound golfing instructions, and good common sense
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