Top 10 Classic Golf Instruction Books

These classic books influenced generations of golfers and other golf instructors

There are many golf instructional books written by some of the game's greatest players, and greatest instructors, of earlier times. Some of these books are still considered among the best golf instruction books out there. Below is a list of our picks of the best "classic" golf instruction books. These books are still helpful to modern golfers, and they all have contributed to the foundation of today's teaching methods.

If you took a survey of professional golfers, Ben Hogan's slim volume would likely be chosen as the most influential golf instructional book ever written. Who wouldn't want to know the secrets of Hogan? It's not necessarily easy reading for your average golfer, but it continues to wield great influence among teachers - and serious students - of the game.

Harvey Penick was in his 80s when this book came out, and the book itself is into its second decade of printing. But the words within were compiled over the course of Penick's 60-year teaching career, jotted on scraps of paper that Penick saved and finally collected. It has become the best-selling golf instruction book of all-time.

He was the ​greatest amateur—and some would argue the greatest player—that golf has ever known. Bobby Jones' book served as the basis for the movie shorts that first aired in theaters in much later regained popularity through airing on The Golf Channel. A fascinating look back at golf's teaching points from the 1920s and 1930s.

Ernest Jones was one of golf's first "superstar" instructors. He taught decades ago, but what he taught—summed up in the title of this classic book—is still influencing golfers and teachers of the game.

The great Tommy Armour played his best golf quite a bit of the time, winning more than 30 times on the PGA Tour, including three majors. "The Silver Scot" retired from professional golf in the 1930s, then became one of the game's most highly sought—and highly compensated - instructors. The teachings in this book were later incorporated into golf instructional movie that you can watch on YouTube.

Percy Boomer rivals Ernest Jones as the most highly respected and most influential teachers of the game from the World War II era and earlier. On Learning Golf was first published in 1946 and has gone through more than 20 reprints as modern golfers keep rediscovering it. Another book that was hugely influential on golf instructors themselves.

Along with Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, Golf My Way is one of the two youngest books on this list. Jack Nicklaus' tome was first published in 1974, almost instantly achieving classic status. It's been reprinted numerous times, and numerous spinoffs (including a popular series of videotapes and then DVDs) have appeared. If you want to know how the Golden Bear approached the game, Nicklaus' book is for you.

Harry Vardon was arguably the first golf "superstar." He was the first to hook up with an equipment company and produce eponymous golf clubs, he was the first British golfer to barnstorm the U.S. and draw huge crowds, and he was one of the first to write his own instructional book. Vardon's book is a great look into the thinking about golf that existed in the early 20th century.

The subtitle is The Proven Scientific Approach To Fundamentally Improving Your Game. Back in the 1960s, scientists in fields ranging from physics and anatomy to ballistics spent six years intensively studying golf pros in the British PGA. Then the golf pros took their findings—one of the first scientific surveys of the golf swing—and applied the information to golf instruction. This book influenced a huge number of teaching professionals.

John Jacobs is one of the most influential golf instructors among his peers, probably more influential among his peers than with the general public—but of course, over time, that means that Jacobs did influence the general public. This book, originally published in the early 1970s, is 144 pages with line drawings for illustrations.