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Considered a golf instruction classic, Jack Nicklaus' autobiographical Golf My Way has sold more than two million copies worldwide since its publication in 1974.  It is not a step-by-step beginners guide and is best used to dip into when you get stuck or want some inspiration.  Autobiographical in nature, it provides a terrific insight into this experienced golfer's technique and approach to the game. 

Here is the impressive blurb on this golfing master: "Jack Nicklaus was born in 1940...Widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, he have achieved a record twenty major championship victories, consisting of two U.S. Amateurs, six Masters (also a record), four U.S. Opens, three British Opens, and five PGA Championships.  The winner of more than 100 professional tournaments around the world, Nicklaus was named Golfer of the Century in 1988."

Golf My Way: The Instructional Classic, Revised and Updated has illustrations by Jim McQueen and additional contributions from Ken Bowden, a former editorial director of premier golf magazines in America and Europe. Bowden has successfully collaborated with Nicklaus on eleven books to date and has been there to witness many of Nicklaus' tournament wins over the years.

The book is divided into four parts: Belief and Attitudes, Down the Fairway, Around and on the Green, and Reflections and Recommendations. Part One begins by introducing some general background into Nicklaus' beliefs and attitudes that have helped him throughout his career.  Nicklaus asserts that he is not a method golfer, but rather believes in fundamentals and successful consistency of results.  He warns against sacrificing fundamentals for gimmicks when things are not going well.  Nicklaus concedes that every top golfer has his own style, but they all aim to achieve the same result, so this is what we should remember. Part Two covers the practical elements encountered out on the fairway.  Elements such as grip, setting up your shot, different types of full shot swings, timing, power and difficult shots.  The subject of practice is discussed here, and the importance of staying in good physical condition. In Part Three, chipping and putting are covered in some depth.  Finally, Part Four widens the discussion to personal reflections and recommendations from this golfing master's point of view.

This books is written in an engaging, clear and confident style.  Golf My Way should certainly make it onto the reading list of any keen golfing enthusiast, and should whet the appetite for further reading.  It is best used alongside one of the step-by-step illustrated guides in this category and could really help improve your golf technique, as well as being an good read.  It is a reasonably priced 304 page paperback and also available as a Kindle edition for easy reference.

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