The first how-to golf books are now being re-released. Willie Park Junior was the first professional golfer to write on tips and sporting techniques. Collector’s items, the books were the first in an explosion of golf advice books that fill the shelves today.
Leaving a legacy as great as Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management (1861), these books paved the way for how-to guides of all sorts, from self-help to illustrated DIY manuals. For the first time ever, people could learn a skill by looking at illustrations and following detailed directions from an instructional manual, impacting the way generations have learned simply from reading ever since.
“The Game of Golf” and “The Art of Putting” are milestones in golf writing and originals are rare (and expensive) to find today. But that has changed with these long-awaited prints.
Willie Park Junior designed golfing equipment and over 160 courses around the globe. He is known as the man who took golf to the world, and coined the phrase, “The man who can putt is a match for anyone.”
Both books have concise, easy to understand glossaries, diagrams and illustrations.
Willie Park was the epitome of the Victorian entrepreneur. Besides being the champion golfer of his time, he took the game of golf to the world in a number of ways. He participated in challenge matches and demonstrations in Britain, Western Europe and North America, and designed, made and sold both clubs and balls in the main cities of Britain and North America.
By laying out over 160 golf courses, Willie Park Junior made the game popular in Britain, Western Europe and North America. Always on the move, he wore himself out by continually making his presence felt in two continents and died in 1925 at the age of 61.
“The Game of Golf” by Willie Park Junior (ISBN 1 905222 65 3 HB £12.99) and “The Art of Putting” by Willie Park Junior (ISBN 1 905222 66 1, PB £5.99) are published by Luath Press on 3rd September 2007.
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