Golf books for women, from great women players

You might find a better game in the wisdom of great women players, as collected in these golf books for women, by women.

These classic books, from some of the best women players of our past generation, belong in every woman’s golf library. Their wisdom and advice holds true today even for contemporary players.

To find them on Amazon, just click on the title.

Play Golf the Wright Way by Mickey Wright (1962)

The LPGA icon whose swing was often referred to as flawless, takes you through step-by-step, picture frame by picture frame of her golf swing and provides some important pointers about playing the game. Lexi Thompson said she refers to this book to help her swing.

A Women’s Way to Better Golf by Peggy Kirk Bell (1966)

Bell, who recently passed away, was a pioneer in teaching women at her famous Pine Needles golf school in North Carolina. Her tips and basic instruction are classic, relying on fundamentals to get your game back on track. If you really want to treat yourself, go check out her Golfaris – a weeklong safaris into the world of golf for women.

Inside Golf for Women by Patty Berg (1977)

With her trademark wit, Berg’s book gives advice on how to play golf and have fun while you’re at it… and who doesn’t want to have fun?! To complete your Berg collection, dig up her other golf classics, Golf and Golf Illustrated. For such a tiny gal, Berg hit the ball a long way but it was her keen short game that helped her win numerous times.

Golf for Women, by Kathy Whitworth with Rhonda Glenn (1990)

Like her teacher, Harvey Penick, this LPGA Hall of Famer illustrates simple yet effective tips on all parts of the game. Whitworth has won more times (88 to be exact) in her playing career, more than anyone else on either the LPGA or PGA tour, and she captained the first U.S. Solheim Cup team … so listening to her wisdom and advice is well worth the effort.

Par Golf for Women, by Louise Suggs (1953)

LPGA founder Suggs provides a no-nonsense approach to the game. It’s the woman’s version of Ben Hogan’s classic book, Five Lessons. She once said, “Golf is very much like a love affair, if you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun, if you do, it breaks your heart. Don’t break your heart, but flirt with the possibility.”

A Woman’s Guide to Better Golf, by Judy Rankin (1995)

Rankin, whose commentary on Golf Channel often breaks down the swings of modern day players, keeps to the basics in this book, helping readers tune up their games, from full swing to the mental game. Her 7-iron drill to help get your swing back on track is priceless.

—Terri Leonard

Terri Leonard is an avid golfer at Stonetree Golf Club in Novato, California, who will read any book if it might shave a stroke off her handicap. She also is the author of In the Women’s Clubhouse: The Greatest Women Golfers in Their Own Words, which is now available for Kindle on Amazon. All proceeds go to

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