Technique is overrated, according to some golf observers. Cal Brown's The Sweetest Game: Play Golf by Your Better Instincts more or less supports that notion, with its Zen-like collection of anecdotes and advisories both about and from the greats of the game. The text includes plenty of personal testimony on how golfers deal with shot-making challenges, technique afflictions (shanks, the Yips), other players' idiosyncrasies, and the supremely mental nature of the game. Acclaimed instructors like Bob Toski and Harvey Penick are represented as readily as tournament icons such as Arnold Palmer and Gene Sarazen. The book is filled with interesting black-and-white photos of name players from the last century.

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