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.