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Golf Books

Our Golf Books feature is a roundup of recently released golf titles spearheaded by Bookreporter.com’s resident expert, Stuart Shiffman. He remarks that while you can only play golf during normal daylight hours in reasonable weather, you can read about the game far into the evening…and even during rainstorms and sub-zero temperatures. Stuart's passion for reviewing and discussing golf coffee table books, instructional books, historical books, memoirs and biographies will fuel any enthusiast's fire.

Summer Golf Reading for 2013

For those of us living in the Midwest, our 2013 golf season opened with a deluge of rain and cold weather. March found most of our golf courses unable to open, frustrating golfers anxious to get on the links for a new season of golf. In 2012, my local course had more than a thousand rounds played during March. This year, the course was unable to accommodate even one round. Of course, the frustration level increases for golfers as they anticipate a new season --- a season that will be the year to bring great improvement. Golf is a game of hope and optimism.

Summer Golf Reading for 2012

Halfway through the 2012 professional golf season, the year may well be designated as Tiger Woods 2.0. For the first decade of the 21st century, Tiger dominated golf in a manner unlike any professional golfer in history. He won 12 major championships and was PGA Player of the Year eight times. These accomplishments occurred despite his limited play during his 2008 and 2009 seasons while recovering from a knee injury. Late in 2009, Tiger suffered a far greater injury than his knee, an injury to his reputation after news of marital infidelity and sexual escapades surfaced.

Summer Golf Reading for 2011

These are not the best of times in the world of golf. Professional golf’s golden boy, Tiger Woods, has fallen upon hard times. Beset by revelations that have destroyed his image as an “all-American family man” and, perhaps more importantly, repeatedly disabled by serious physical injury, Woods is simply no longer the driving force of professional golf. It has been more than a year since his last professional tournament victory and now three years since his last major championship, the U.S. Open of 2008. 

Summer Golf Reading for 2010

The ancient Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times” is significant these days in the world of professional golf. Late last year, the personal trials and tribulations of Tiger Woods became daily fodder for extensive media coverage, from newspapers to Internet gossip and various sources in between. Tiger has dominated the sport since 1996, having been the number-one ranked golfer for the most consecutive weeks in golf history and the Player of the Year 10 times. He has won 14 major championships, threatening the career record of 18 such victories currently held by Jack Nicklaus, and on several occasions has won these majors by double-digit margins.

Summer Golf Reading for 2009

Sunday, June 21st marks not only Father’s Day, but also the final round of the United States Open, the second major golf championship of the year. This year’s Open returns to Bethpage Black, one of the nation’s most famous and difficult public courses. In 2002, the course underwent substantial redesign and renovation in anticipation of the Open. Tiger Woods emerged victorious, and he returns to the New York course this year having won not only at Bethpage, but also at Torrey Pines in California last year. Father’s Day, the U.S.