He made his first cut in a professional major championship in the 1958 U.S. Open, at age eighteen. Forty years later, he had his most recent top-10 finish in a major at the Masters. In between, he won eighteen professional majors, a hundred tournaments worldwide, and provided countless thrills along the road to being named “Golfer of the Century” by his peers and by publications from America to Antarctica.
In his unprecedented run at the top of the game, Jack Nicklaus has seen the importance of constant learning and constant refinement. Your game at age sixty cannot be the same as your game at age twenty; where you were once able to overpower the golf course, with time and wisdom you discover new ways to approach the challenges of the game that depend less on physical ability and more on mental agility. Along the way, you learn which fundamentals will always put you in good stead, and you see what advice has stood the test of time.
In My Golden Lessons, the greatest golfer of them all takes the best from his many years of playing, practicing, and studying the game, and distills it into over 120 pieces of priceless instruction. Drawn from his immensely popular columns in Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, the topics cover the full spectrum of the game, from choosing the right equipment, on through the fundamentals of stance, grip, and setup, to the pursuit of power and the subtleties of the short game and putting. These techniques helped Nicklaus set the marks that future generations will strive to match, but it was his mastery of the mental side of golf that truly set him apart from his peers and his predecessors -- and he shares his advice on the mind game as well. In addition, the book presents a beautifully drawn sequence of the Nicklaus swing at its peak, alongside advice tailored to the needs of the better players who want to be better still.
My Golden Lessons is a book that took a lifetime to prepare, but one that will improve your game from the first few minutes it spends in your hands. These are the techniques that made Jack Nicklaus the golfer he is, and his clear, bite-sized pointers will show you the path to hitting better shots, shooting lower scores, and enjoying the game more every time you play.
With the precision and clarity of the classic Nicklaus swing, each of these golf lessons, the Golden Bear's"best of my own best" in game-improving tips, is presented in a concise, stand-alone format targeting the amateur player more than the beginning student. Pulled from Nicklaus's how-to columns published in Golf Digest and Golf Magazine from 1988-2001, the book covers every aspect of the game from tee to green: equipment, swing mechanics, faults and fixes, short game and special shots, putting and"the mind game." The tips range from personal details ("I use my buttons on my golf shirt to help me sharpen my mental image and physical sensing of the proper shoulder alignment for the shot I want to hit") to textbook strategies, including Nicklaus's take on choosing the right chip shot and the importance of"possessing a repertoire of recovery shots," something this winner of 18 professional major championships says he only realized as an"older and matured" golfer. Nicklaus's 11th collaboration with Bowden, this guide offers consistently insightful and straightforward advice in a tone unmarred by swagger or ego. Of particular note are the full-color illustrations, including detailed sequences depicting the Nicklaus swing, by former golf pro and contributor to many of Nicklaus' books McQueen.