New book "18 Game-Changing Lessons" greatly influenced by legendary teacher Harvey Penick
Mark Steinbauer, the author of the new book “18 Game-Changing Lessons: Talking Golf with Legends and Pros,” knows golf.
He has taken lessons from and interviewed the great Harvey Penick at length. He’s currently the director of golf at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands in Texas. But in writing his first book, he wisely stepped aside to let the experts reveal their secrets to conquering this unbeatable game.
Steinbauer, with help from Links: The Best of Golf magazine editor Hunki Yun, shares chapter-long stories from Penick, Bobby Locke, Jim Flick, Jack Nicklaus and even Michael Jordan. At the end of each, he breaks the stories from these legends down further as they relate to high- , mid- and low-handicappers. That approach and the accompanying sketch graphics gives it a feel similar to the lessons at the back of Golf Digest. I’ve always found those tips handier than anything I’ve read in other golf magazines, so that’s a high compliment.
In Lesson 3, Steinbauer shares stories about Ben Hogan’s work ethic. Then he adds drills and tidbits on how to be more Hoganesque (if that’s possible for us hacks). Steinbauer’s close ties with Penick are evident throughout the book. Six lessons are devoted to Penick. Jordan made the book because the author got a taste of MJ’s legendary competitive nature by playing a round of golf against him.
The 176-page hardcover book, published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang in August, retails for $19.95.
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