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“War hero, golf great: Tommy Armour’s amazing, untold life
Unheralded Scot recovered from horrific WW1 injuries to win Carnoustie’s first Open,“
James Corrigan later on concludes his article with, “In later life, Armour became a renowned teacher and club-maker and his instructional tome How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time is still the biggest selling golf book of all time.”
Best ever?
Fortunately I’ve lived long enough to know of Tommy Armour and of his hit it like hell with the right hand (right-handed golfers of course) theory but then of course in taking any advice and get a feel for where the expert is coming from it should be remembered that Tommy, due to his permanently weakened left arm favoured a dominant right hand in the swing.
Nevertheless when I Google search for the biggest selling golf book ever I read that the great and unfortunately late Harvey Penick says on the cover of Tommy Armour’s How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time,
“Tommy Armour had a big bearing on my life and teaching -- I have used much of his wisdom, teaching and playing.”
Given that I thought that Penick’s Little Red Book would have been a bigger seller and that today it most likely outsells Armour’s book nevertheless I’m impressed with Harvey’s thoughts on Tommy Armour.
The 50 Golf Books Every Golfer Should Read
The above headline’s Cliff Schrock’s “We've narrowed the list to a nifty top 50, standouts that aren't so much the best ever but a well-rounded collection that every golfer should read for the combination of golf knowledge and entertainment they offer,” and I’m impressed that it was recently written in March 2018 and yet the first book presented to the reader is Tommy Armour’s How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time.
James Corrigan writes, “Armour led the way – and not only by showing how to prevail around the beast of Angus. His quality should not be doubted and certainly Bernard Darwin, the legendary golf writer, did not question his ball-striking prowess.
“I do not believe that [JH] Taylor or [Harry] Vardon at their best ever gave themselves so many possible putts for three with their iron shots as he does,” Darwin wrote. “His style is the perfection of rhythm and beauty.”
Quote of the Day
“I am happy to have lived long enough to see Ben Hogan play golf.” - Bernard Darwin commenting on seeing Ben Hogan play at Carnoustie


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