6 golf books: Swing into spring with these new titles

Here are a handful of new books that golfers may reach for between rounds.

4. "Golf’s Forgotten Legends & Unforgettable Controversies," by Jeff Gold

This compact volume covers a lot of ground. On one hand, it profiles some of game’s past greats who seldom are mentioned anymore (Willie Anderson, Tommy Armour, et. al.). On the other hand, author Jeff Gold turns his attention to describing some of the most memorable blunders, disqualifications, scandals, and controversies in pro golf.

Here’s an excerpt from “Golf’s Forgotten Legends & Unforgettable Controversies”:

“Besides his bent left elbow, [Harry] Vardon owed his success largely to an upright swing method that drastically changed the shape of the golf shot. The traditional style was to drive the ball as hard as possible, at a low trajectory, maximizing distance but giving up control where the ball would come to rest. Vardon, by contrast, hit the ball high in the air so it would land more softly and stop much more quickly, with less bouncing and rolling. This, with an adjustment in his stance, enabled him to land the ball closer to the flagstick than golfers using the traditional method. Modern-day golfers like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods copied that aspect of Vardon’s technique – neither were shabby golfers.”

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