Before heading out to the course, golfers and those who aspire to take up the game may want to check out Gary McCord's "Golf for Dummies: 4th Edition" (WIley, 388 pages)
As a PGA professional player, instructor and CBS commentator, McCord is comfortable explaining all aspects of this very challenging game from club selection (at the shop and on the course), to the complexities of grip, stance, alignment and the mental aspects of the game.
He even delves, tactfully, into such matters as proper attire and etiquette.
Every golfer has heard the expression "you drive for show, but putt for dough" and McCord devotes a large chapter to that which he calls the "game within the game" - putting. Statistically, he notes, putting takes up an impressive 68 percent of strokes.
He has some great drills for keeping the putt on line (using a simple 2-by-4 as a guide) and for developing a feel for speed.
The format of the book is straight forward with simple pointers and tips. His style is warm and with dashes of humor mixed in with an appreciation of the history of the Scots' most demanding gift to the world.