Gary Player’s Black Book Review


Gary Player’s Black Book: 60 Tips On Golf, Business, And Life From The Black Knight

By Gary Player

I received a free copy of Gary Player’s Black Book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Gary Player’s Little Black Book contains fifty questions and detailed responses from eighteen-time major winner Gary Player. The book, divided into three parts, focuses on specific scenarios and problems that arise in golf, life, and business.

In the first section on golf, topics include putting, scoring, etiquette, the mental side of the game, and fitness and nutrition. In the section on life, Player, the father of six and grandfather to twenty-two, addresses issues such as parenting, who to turn to when in need of advice, and more. Finally, in the section on business, he details how to deal with competition, among other topics. Player responds to questions such as:

• Golf: How do I play a bunker shot from a plugged lie?
• Life: I feel like I’ve lost the passion for what I do. How do I get that back?
• Business: When people criticize my work I take it very personally. How do you handle criticism?

The 2012 recipient of the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award, Player draws from both on and off the course experiences dealing with competitors, businesspeople, and family. In doing so, he offers a unique glimpse into handling adversity with regard to these relationships. The advice that he offers is invaluable to fans of all ages.

Summary from Goodreads.

Well this was a first for me. I have never before brought a book after being given a copy of it, but Gary Players Black Book is just that great. I can already tell that it is going to be very well worn from me rereading it as the advice that Player gives.

I wanted to read this book because Gary Player was an amazing golf professional, I did not pick it up thinking that I would get anything out of it; but whilst I was reading it I actually made some changes to how I approach not just my golf but life. Some of the golf advice is so simple but yet so effective that I feel stupid for not thinking of it.

For golf, my favourite suggestion was to swing with a weighted club about 100 times both left handed and right handed to build up your muscles in the way that they will be used during the swing. As soon as I read this, I instantly went to grab one of my old golf clubs and put a half kg weight on it, duct-taped it so that it would hit me and did some swings with it. It is crazy how different it is to swing like that extra weight but I can see the benefit that I will gain from doing that regularly.

For most people, they will think that the golf questions will not have any good advice for them as they do not play, or are not interested in golf. What surprised me, and will surprise you is how Player manages to make specific questions in something that anyone from any walk of life can take on board.

I could spend hours talking about the advice that Gary Player give in this book, but the best way to take it in is to read it in its entirety and understand that these are suggestions and advice from his own personal experience. Just because he has a different background to you does not mean that you are unable to adjust how he went about not just his golf but his business and  life.

This is for everyone, whether you enjoy golf or not. Gary Player has some amazing advice and lessons that anyone can learn from.


Have you read Gary Players Black Book? Do you agree with my review? Let me know your opinion in the comments below!

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