There’s no denying that the book is put together well. Butch Harmon takes us on a journey through 18 of golf’s greatest holes: Pebble Beach, Shinnecock, and the Olympic Club are three of the club’s featured in the book. Butch analyzes how an A, B, and C player should go about playing the hole. If you’re a serious golfer, I think you’ll have no trouble figuring out which category you belong in.

Anyway, the book is about playing all 18 holes to the best of your current ability, which I think is a great message. For the A Player, he might have the chance to go for the green in 2 on a big par 5. The C player may have to play the hole in three shots, analyzing where each shot should be placed. There are tips, drills, and great thoughts every step of the way to help you find your way, and despite what many think about him, he knows the game very well, and I trust what he has to say.

The only caveat to this book that I can think of is in the mental arena. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with playing a hole a certain way if you can only drive the ball 220. Quite frankly, you have to. But at what point does labeling yourself a C golfer become detrimental to your game? If you’re a C golfer, you should be practicing your short game. Course management can only save you so many shots at the end of the day.

A lot of getting better at scoring is believing that you are:
A.a good player
B.Good enough to shoot lower than you ever have before

In other words, if you get into the habit of calling yourself a C player, or even a B player for that matter, and you always play with B players, and you look forward to playing in the B flight at your club because the competition is easier, you may not improve as quickly.

I can tell you from first-hand experience that although “A players” tend to have bigger personalities than other players, playing with people better than you is the quickest way to improve.

So to relay this all back to the book, I would recommend it if that sort of book sounds interesting, but as soon as you can, start calling yourself an A player and don’t look back.

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