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Unconscious Putting
Dave Stockton (with Matthew Rudy) © 2011
Price: $20.06 (Borders)

If you're looking for a book to help you with your putting then I'm not completely sure this is your book. Unconscious Putting talks more about the mental aspect of putting and very little about technique. Written by one of the finest putters in the history of the game, you can see why so many professionals seek Dave Stockton's advice. When you reach a professional level you don't get there because you can't putt. This is where the mental aspect of the game really enters into the equation.

Personally, my putting numbers seem to be very constant. When my numbers go up it's normally because my short game is poor, and vice versa. I've had games when I'd though my putting was very good yet the numbers don't indicate how I felt about the round.

Unconscious Putting is a quick read at just under 100 pages. Images are mostly in black and white with a mid section of 8 colour photos. The photos didn't offer much value from my point of view.

Undercover Golf
Joe Borgenicht (with R.D. Robinson) © 2006
Price: $3.79 (Chapters.ca)

Undercover Golf is an "off-the-links guide to improving your game", or so the book states. From the outset you're given techniques that you can practice to improve your golf game. From training your grip while hanging shirts, holding a steering wheel, shoveling, and sweeping the floor.

Other chapters include Aim and Setup, Backswing, Downswing, and Putting. These chapters offer ways to use household items and 'on the job' techniques to aid your game.

Do I believe any of these techniques will help my game? Not for an instant, nor would I consider using any of the techniques described.

About the only thing good about this book is it's small size and low price. Is this book a joke? I can't see it being thought of in any other way.

Unplayable Lies
Dan Jenkins © 2015
Price: $18.81 (Amazon.ca or Chapters.ca)

Dan Jenkins has a solid reputation as a golf writer so some of you will probably disagree with this review of Unplayable Lies.

Unplayable Lies is a collection of forty-one essays, some brand new while others have been reworked or rewritten. I found very few essays to be "hilarious" as the inside cover describes and many I actually found to be quite "painful" to read. Thank goodness each essay is normally only four or five pages, are not connected in subject, and can be easily skipped. Frankly, I found this book to be very disappointing and I'm glad I borrowed the book from my local public library.

The words "THE ONLY GOLF BOOK YOU'LL EVER NEED" are written on the cover of Unplayable Lies and I have yet to figure out what this means based on the content.

What's A Golfer To Do?
Ron Kaspriske © 2009
Price: $16.75 (Amazon.ca)

What's A Golfer To Do? consists of 343 techniques, tips and tricks from the best pros, and all taken from between the covers of Golf Digest magazine. Over the years the World's most popular golf magazine has published many how-to articles so why not collect them under one cover?

Just about every golf topic imaginable can be found in some form or another: how to handle slow play, how to hit a left-handed shot if you're right-handed, and even how to get on a private course. And there's still 340 other tidbits of advice. Each tidbit is about half a page and is precise.

The cover of What's A Golfer To Do? gives the impression that the book contains lots of photos. Photos are typically small, and add very little to the text. But the text contains some meat that may prove useful to any level of golfer. It's not a long read, but a good read.

Where It Lies
K. J. Egan © 2009
Price: $17.51 (Chapters.ca)

I do love a mystery and when a book appears that also contains a golfing presence then I'm a sucker for a sale.

After Jenny discovers Rick Gilbert, the club's head greenskeeper, hanging from a rafters you know something is amiss. The police assume suicide, but Jenny knows better. Her teenage son is arrested for petty theft, her relationship with a friend on the police force is shaky, and she's trying to get make it to the U.S. Open. Why did Rick try to call her five times the night before he died? The $2 million insurance policy to the widow certainly looks to be in doubt.

Where It Lies was an interesting read. Not a classic or a best seller, but something worthy of a rainy weekend or cottage. The ending of the book is certainly not a big surprise as the number of characters in the novel is limited. Take a look for this one when it appears in paperback.

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