I will admit here and now that I am not a golfer, and I never will be. I simply don’t have the patience or the time for the game, but my father adores it. Breaking his foot this spring was most heartbreaking to him simply because it meant he couldn’t hit a golf ball. He finally got the go ahead to try golfing – in a cart only – this week, and I’m pretty sure 365 Golf Tips and Tricks from the Pros by Jay Morelli will be the perfect Father’s Day gift for him.
The book is almost 600 pages of tips from Jay Morelli who has two golf schools – one in Vermont and the other in Florida – and has been voted the top teaching pro in Vermont by Golf Digest and been named New England Top PGA Teacher of the Year. With over 40 years of experience, he knows what he’s talking about, and he covers everything in this book from golf rules to nutrition to caddy tips and more.
The book is divided into chapters addressing each of the sixteen topics in the book. The tips are dispensed throughout the chapter. Each tip is attributed to one of more than 60 golf pros from around the country who offered up their collective wisdom for the book. The tips are no more than a paragraph or two at the most, providing enough information to be helpful without getting so lost in detail that the tip becomes unhelpful.
While the majority of the tips are specific to golf, some of them are ones that I can apply even as a non-golfer. Tip 265 from Kate Baker, an LPGA teaching pro, is to hold a tennis ball in the palm of your hand and squeeze it with your fingers repeatedly until your hands get tired. Doing this a few times a week will increase the muscles and strength in your forearm, something I can definitely use.
Each page contains one or two tips, and on the opposite page is a beautifully shot photograph that complements the tip(s) on the facing page. Many of them help to illustrate the point being made in the tips about how to regrip your clubs or measure our a club length when taking relief, but many are simply beautiful shots that make the book more approachable and friendly. It really helps to make this a great gift, and I can’t wait to share it with my own father.
Written by Michelle who was scarred by miniature golfing at a young age and has moved on to other hobbies. See how she spends her time as she shares on her blog Honest & Truly! or follow along with her on Twitter where she is also @HonestAndTruly.