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The Complete Golfer


Harry Vardon was one of the first superstars of modern golf. Vardon won 7 major championships, including six Open Championships and one U.S. Open. Overall, Vardon won 62 tournaments during his career, including a record 14 in a row, still unmatched to this day. By his early 20s, Harry developed a demanding practice regimen, the most ambitious of the time period. Harry was the first professional golfer to play in knickerbockers - discarding the "proper" dress of an Englishman in an uncomfortable shirt and tie with a buttoned jacket. Vardon popularized the grip that bears his name, one still used by over 90 percent of all golfers. He became golf's first international celebrity in 1900 when he toured the United States, playing in more than 80 matches and capping it off with a victory in the U.S. Open. He was the runner-up at his next U.S. Open in 1913, an event portrayed in the film The Greatest Game Ever Played. At the age of 50, Vardon was again the runner-up in his third and final U.S. Open appearance, in 1920. In his later years, he became a golf course architect. Vardon died in 1937. That year, the PGA of America created the Vardon Trophy, awarded annually to the player on the PGA Tour with the year's lowest adjusted scoring average. In 1974, Vardon was chosen as one of a select group of inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 2000, Vardon was ranked as the 13th best golfer of all time by Golf Digest magazine. To sum it up, Vardon is one of the greats of the game. His contributions and love for the sport helped propel its popularity in the early 20th century, especially in America. This book that you hold in your hands is the genesis of modern golf instruction. Sure, some of the information may be a little dated, but the tactics are still as solid today as they were then. I hope you enjoy this masterpiece from "The Icon of Golfing." Christian Henning Hide synopsis

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by DrDom on Apr 5, 2012

How could anyone in golf not want to know the ideas of a "6 Time Winner" of the British Open, not to mention his success in the early days of the US Open, playing with the greats of the game. ...Take some time with this book. Mr. Vardon's ideas and photo illustrations are quite good and will be an important addition to any Golf Library. ...By the way, this is the man who invented the "Vardon Grip", probably the one you are using today!

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