I have spent a fair amount of time on this blog explaining different parts of the game, and how to get started playing, and trying to convince any of you who don’t play golf that it is a great game and you should. And I am sure that any of you who don’t yet play the game have ‘Learn to play golf’ as one of your top New Years Resolutions. Right? So here is what you do as Step #1 – read Golf, Naked. I have added it to the side bar over there on the left under Recommended Reading. Just click on it and have Amazon ship it right to you.
Greg Rowley is a PGA Golf Pro. This doesn’t mean he plays on The Tour. It does mean he has worked at, taught at, and managed many a golf course. It takes a lot of work to a) become and b) actually work as, a Golf Pro. Mr. Rowley has seen a lot, and this book is his attempt to make your entry into the world of golf as easy as possible. And he does a very good job. There are 23 chapters, and only 2 of them deal with actually swinging the club. Mr. Rowley knows what anyone who starts the game quickly realizes - golf is more than just a game, it is a culture. And learning any new culture can be very intimidating. You can be a natural in lessons, totally confident in your swing and your ability, and still be paralyzed with fear when it comes to playing that first round. There are terms and jargon you’ve never heard, rules and etiquette, and the honor code, and a dress code. Not to mention navigating the bag drop, the pro shop and the starter. It’s enough to make you turn around and say ‘never mind, I’ll take up bowling’.
This is why you need Golf, Naked. Mr. Rowely covers all the ‘other stuff’. The culture stuff. He pretty much leaves your swing up to you and your teacher ( assuming you are taking lessons ), and concentrates on making sure you feel comfortable with everything else that will be going on. And he does it in a very friendly, easy to read manner. He covers everything from when you arrive in the parking lot, to protocol at the 19th hole. He even has a chapter on golf pranks.
I started playing before I started dating The Golfer. And by the time I was playing with him, I still wasn’t really all that comfortable on a golf course. No one ever really showed me around, I just picked things up by watching. I learned more about the game of golf in a couple of rounds with The Golfer ( who started playing when he was 8, so by the time we met he had the whole culture thing down pat ) than I had in several years of playing with friends. And how comfortable you are in the surroundings can make a huge difference in your game. And how much you enjoy yourself. You can be a good player, and not really enjoy playing because you don’t have the culture thing down so you never really relax. Or, you can be like me. I, as I have mentioned before, suck. But I know what to do at the course, and how to play a round and not make anyone else’s round miserable, and I have a great time.
So just think of Mr. Rowely as your own personal version of The Golfer, showing you the ins and outs of the culture of golf. Read Golf, Naked ( and then, of course, read all my posts on how to get started, and about the game ). And then you do your part and get off the couch and act on that resolution and LEARN TO PLAY GOLF.